Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley Paperback – May 2 2006
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"Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician. "-Joel Selvin," San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
One of the most prominent music journalists of the twentieth century, Timothy White wrote extensively on Marley, reggae, and Caribbean music and culture for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other leading publications. His close contact with Marley and his family and inner circle of friends led to White being granted access to private papers, photographs, and memorabilia. White died in 2002.
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Originally published two years after Marley's death from cancer, the biography remains a great read due to the exhaustive research by author Timothy White.
White had interviewed Marley from 1975-1981 and projects the development & growth musically, spirtually and politically in his life. White also interviewed musicians, friends, family members, music industry executives and poltical leaders, along with the typical research - newspaper articles and other media outlets - and not-so-typical - CIA documents concerning Marley.
There are also sections on Jamaican history & politics, the history of reggae & Rastafarianism and how White did his research.
Marley projected a militant spiritualism in his music that will remain timeless. Catch a Fire gives the reader an understanding and appreciation on why Marley's message means as much today as it did so many years ago.
White does a superb job interspersing his obvious passion for Marley and reggae and the island which spawned both, weaving a tapestry which is easy to "just" enjoy or to really delve into and "get" where Marley was coming from. Rasta lives, reggae lives and Bob Marley still lives in both.
Be you a real fan of reggae and it's ultimate master, or just looking for a good read, you won't go wrong with "Catch A Fire".
hydra. St. Petersburg, FL
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