A series of short, readable biographies that reveals the wealth of talent and individuality to have emerged from the region. Written for a general readership, these accessible life histories aim to celebrate some of the Caribbean’s most distinguished personalities and their contribution to the wider world.
One of the twentieth century’s most iconic cultural figures, Bob Marley was responsible for popularising reggae music throughout the world. His unique blend of politically conscious lyrics and melody won him legions of fans far beyond the Caribbean. But Marley was no mere pop star: his strong attachment to Rasta beliefs and practices and his fierce hostility to the injustice of ‘Babylon’ made him an important spokesman for the dispossessed.
In this new biography, Garry Steckles follows Marley’s eventful life through the early days in rural Jamaica, arrival in Kingston, first recordings and performances to his spectacular status as an international superstar.
Throughout he analyses Marley’s political and religious beliefs, while also concentrating on his relationships with fellow musicians, family and influential figures such as Chris Blackwell. A chapter focusing on
Marley’s long-term legacy explores what the musician contributed to world music and what the religious believer gave to Rastafarianism.