So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley


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“Reggae’s chief eyewitness, dropping testimony on reggae’s chief prophet with truth, blood, and fire.” —Marlon James, Man Booker Prize–winning author

Renowned reggae historian Roger Steffens’s riveting oral history of Bob Marley’s life draws on four decades of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers, and confidants—many speaking publicly for the first time. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a “crucial voice” in the documentation of Marley’s legacy, Steffens spent years traveling with the Wailers and taking iconic photographs. Through eyewitness accounts of vivid scenes—the future star auditioning for Coxson Dodd; the violent confrontation between the Wailers and producer Lee Perry; the attempted assassination (and conspiracy theories that followed); the artist’s tragic death from cancer—So Much Things to Say tells Marley’s story like never before. What emerges is a legendary figure “who feels a bit more human” (The New Yorker).

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ISBN-13: 9780393355925
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 486,922
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roger Steffens is the world’s leading reggae historian, and former co-host of the award-winning radio program Reggae Beat. His programs on Marley’s life have been presented at the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, among other venues. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The People Speak Linton Kwesi Johnson xiii

Preface xix

Chapter 1 Where Is My Mother? 1

Chapter 2 Trench Town Rocks 8

Chapter 3 The Wailers at Studio One 22

Chapter 4 Good Good Rudies 40

Chapter 5 Love and Affection 59

Chapter 6 Rasta Shook Them Up 71

Chapter 7 Waiters A Go Wait 80

Chapter 8 Nine Mile Exile 87

Chapter 9 The JAD Years 94

Chapter 10 Leslie Kong Meets the Tuff Gang 107

Chapter 11 Lee Perry and Jamaican Politricks 117

Chapter 12 Cold Cold Winters in Sweden and London 133

Chapter 13 Island's Kinky Reggae 149

Chapter 14 Burnin' Out in London 158

Chapter 15 The End of the Beginning 169

Chapter 16 Natty Dread 179

Chapter 17 Hope Road Runnings 189

Chapter 18 Cindy Breakspeare and the 1975 Tour 198

Chapter 19 Rastaman Vibration and the Fatal Reissue 207

Chapter 20 Ambush in the Night 216

Chapter 21 The CIA and the Assassination Attempt 227

Chapter 22 Smile, You're in Jamaica 235

Chapter 23 Who Shot Bob Marley? 255

Chapter 24 Exodus to London 264

Chapter 25 Blackwell, Bob and Business 274

Chapter 26 The Bloody Toe in the Paris Match 282

Chapter 27 The One Love Peace Concert 288

Chapter 28 Babylon by Bus from the U.N. to Ethiopia 305

Chapter 29 Charity and Survival 315

Chapter 30 From the Apollo to Gabon 330

Chapter 31 Natty Mash It inna Zimbabwe 346

Chapter 32 Uprising 363

Chapter 33 Madison Square Garden Then Everything Crash 370

Chapter 34 Dr. Issels and the Final Days 386

Chapter 35 Marley's Legacy and the Wailers' Favorite Songs 399

Epilogue 407

Acknowledgments 409

List of Interviewees 415

Index 417

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