Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz

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Bob Marley: The Untold Story

What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by Rock ‘n’ Roll? How is that he has not only remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but has also become a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to generation after generation of fans across the globe? Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz will allow you to have a glimpse of his world.

On May 11, 1981, a little after 11.30 in the morning, Bob Marley died. The man who introduced Reggae to a worldwide audience, in his own lifetime he had already become a hero figure in the classic mythological sense. From immensely humble beginnings and with talent and religious belief his only weapons, the Jamaican recording artist applied himself with unstinting perseverance to spreading his prophetic musical message. And he had achieved it: only a year earlier, Bob Marley and The Wailers’ tour of Europe had seen them perform to the largest audiences a musical act had up to that point experienced. Record sales of Marley’s albums before his death were spectacular; in the years since his death they have become phenomenal, as each new generation discovers afresh the remarkable power of his music.

Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz, who had a sequence of adventures with Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1979, offers us a comprehensive and detailed account of Bob Marley’s life and the world in which he grew up and came to dominate. Never-before-heard interviews with dozens of people who knew Marley are woven through a narrative that brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica, but also the spirit of the man himself.

If you’re interested in Ska, Reggae and Northern Soul, we also recommend: Young, Gifted and Black by Michael de Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett and Notting Hill Carnival by Peter Marshall



Combining Jamaican Folk music, or Mento, with Jazz and Rhythm and Blues in the late 1950s, Ska is the parent of Reggae, Rocksteady and 2 Tone. Think Prince Buster and Jimmy Cliff.

Reggae was Influenced by Jazz Rhythm and Blues, Ska and Rocksteady. This homegrown Jamaican music fanned out across the world, courtesy of the Jamaican diaspora. The music of the people was often with social or political commentary and it was in some ways a precursor for the punk movement. Also associated with Rastafarianism, the great artists to date include Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and The Maytals and Jimmy Cliff. Many artists launched their careers in the UK and along with the homegrown London based Steel Pulse and Birmingham’s UB40. Read up on the greatest in Bob Marley: The Untold Story and there is some great depiction of Notting Hill Carnival in the Café Royal Books, Peter Marshall — Notting Hill Carnival the 1990s

The Northern Soul scene was built around the lesser known Motown Artists, very often the B sides picked up on vinyl fishing expeditions to the USA by the Northern Soul Artists. Though not the complete preserve of the North of England, the hot spots for the movement were centred on Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Midlands. The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, Wigan Casino, The Torch in Stoke and Catacombs in Wolverhampton amongst the temples of Northern Soul.

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