The Future Is the Beginning: The Words and Wisdom of Bob Marley
In this one-of-a-kind collection, edited by Gerald Hausman and with an introduction by Cedella Marley, the words of reggae legend Bob Marley are brought together as a testament to the deeply felt and powerfully motivated sense of spirit of the revered singer-songwriter and performer who helped spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafarian movement across the world.
The texts, many unpublished in book form, were gathered at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica, where Bob lived and worked in the 1970s. He would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a United Nations Medal of Peace. Marley's compilation album Legend is one of the bestselling recordings of all time, going platinum ten times in the United States and selling twenty million copies worldwide.
Bob Marley's wisdom came not only through his songs but also from his poetic, spoken words. The short selections in this book, which are compiled from interviews he gave over the years, will give readers a true sense of who Bob Marley really was and are bound to inspire them with his timeless message of faith, unity, and love.
“It's Bob, as he was, as he is, as he will always be, talking personally to you.”
from the editor's note
“My father spoke plain and simple words, the least tricky of all. These came from Proverbs in the Bible and also the folk sayings of the people of Jamaica. . . . He was wise beyond education, beyond information.”
from the introduction
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56 Hope Road album Babylon must fall Babylon System big ﬁsh Bob Dylan BOB MARLEY brethren CEDELLA MARLEY Crazy Baldhead deal devil don‘t don’t want dreadlock earth Eric Clapton Ethiopia everything Everything’s fat riding father feel ﬁght ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁnish ﬁrst thing flesh GERALD HAUSMAN give man everlasting go to Zion gold gonna green happen heart help Jamaica hurt i:;_ kkk Jah tells Jamaica go Japhet kill Kingston know them roots land live look Majesty mankind Marley's mean never nice Noah past the worst plenty prayer prejudice racehorse Rasta Rastafari Rastafarian Rastaman righteousness say Him give Shem shoot Shot the Sheriff sing someday prevail sometimes song soul music superstar sweet talk telephone run Jamaica That‘s there’s truth understand WAILERS want power want to give wear locks wickedness must end—but wrong Yeah