“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 confidantsmany 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 scenesthe 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 cancerSo 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).
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
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
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