Bob Marley almost single-handedly brought reggae to the world. Marley came from the poverty and injustice in Jamaica, and that manifested itself in his rebel sound. Like John Lennon, he brought the idea that through music, empowerment and words, you can really come up with world peace. Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. He gave the world brilliant and evocative music; his work stretched across nearly two decades and yet still remains timeless and universal. “Redemption Song” transcends time.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time”
“He’s taken his place alongside James Brown and Sly Stone as a pervasive influence on R & B,” says the American critic Timothy White, author of the acclaimed Bob Marley biography CATCH A FIRE: THE LIFE OF BOB MARLEY. “His music was pure rock, in the sense that it was a public expression of a private truth.”
His legend has conquered the years.
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