Bob Marley, reggae superstar and pop culture icon, left an indelible mark on modern music. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley delves deep into the life of the lionized leader of a musical, spiritual, and political explosion that still reverberates more than a decade after his death. Almost nothing pertaining to the life of Bob Marley is left out; the origins of Rastafarianism (the Ethiopian religion that was the keystone of his life), the roots of the reggae sound, the Jamaican political and social debacle that informed his lyrics--this is a comprehensive account of the life of the artist and the times that produced him.
Catch a Fire is assiduously researched; the details writer Timothy White presents of the King of Reggae's life are cinematic in scope and, at times, cumbersome. White includes much of his primary source material, ranging from full interviews with band members to unearthed CIA documents, and devotes a whole section to describing his exhaustive research process. The final product is rich with elements of spiritual tome, rock biography, and history text; it is a hagiographic epic--the story of a man and his legend. --Brendan J. LaSalle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician. "-Joel Selvin," San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I did some research when looking for a good bio of Bob Marley, this seemed like the most accurate and unbiased one. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2012 by ariel
Catch a Fire was a great book. It helped me to better understand the culture of Rastafarians and the type of life which a Rastafarian lives. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
It's been some time since I read this book TWICE. First bumping into it at the library and then buying my own copy on-line... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Daniel Leibovitz
If your into Bob Marley this is a must have book. You will love this book and get hooked on it and won't want to stop reading it. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Ben Gonzalez a.k.a Rhino
I really enjoyed this book and thought it provided great insight into Bob's early life as well as Rastafari and Jamaican culture. Having said that, it seemed like Mr. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002 by Matthew Potter
This book is the best biography on Bob Marley. It talks about his life and his rise to stardom. It also discusses the Rastafarian religion, and Ras Tafari (Haile Salassi). Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by Phil Silverware