So Much Things to Say

So Much Things to Say

The Oral History of Bob Marley

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WW Norton
Roger Steffens is one of the world’s leading Bob Marley experts. He toured with the Wailers in the 1970s and was closely acquainted with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and the rest of the band members. Over several decades he has interviewed more than seventy-five friends, business managers, relatives and confidants—many speaking publicly for the first time. Forty years in the making, So Much Things to Say weaves this rich testimony into a definitive telling of the life of the reggae king—the full, inside account of how a boy from the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, became a cultural icon and inspiration to millions around the world.The intimacy of the voices and the frankness of their revelations will astonish even longtime Marley fans. Readers see the intense bonds of teenage friendship among Peter, Bunny and Bob, the vibrant early sessions with the original Wailers (as witnessed by members Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso and Cherry Green) and the tumultuous relationships with Rita Marley and Cindy Breakspeare.With unprecedented candor, these interviews tell dramatic, little-known stories, from the writing of some of Marley’s most beloved songs to the Wailers’ violent confrontation involving producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bob’s intensive musical training with star singer Johnny Nash and the harrowing assassination attempt at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, which led to Marley’s defiant performance two nights later with a bullet lodged in his arm.Readers witness Marley’s rise to international fame in London, his triumphant visit to Zimbabwe to sing for freedom fighters inspired by his anthems and the devastating moment of his collapse while jogging in New York’s Central Park. Steffens masterfully conducts the story of Marley’s last months, as Marley poignantly sings “Another One Bites the Dust” during the sound check before his final concert in Pittsburgh, followed by his tragic death at the age of thirty-six.So Much Things to Say explores major controversies, examining who actually ordered the shooting attack on Hope Road, scrutinizing claims of CIA involvement and investigating why Marley’s fatal cancer wasn’t diagnosed sooner. Featuring Steffens’s own candid photographs of Marley and his circle, this magisterial work preserves an invaluable, transformative slice of music history: the life of the legendary performer who brought reggae to the international stage.
A revelatory, myth-shattering history of one of the most influential musicians of all time, told in the words of those who knew him best.

Baker & Taylor
Draws on forty years of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers, and confidants, many speaking publicly for the first time, to offer an oral history depicting the reggae icon's life.

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Steffens, an archivist and historian who lectures on Bob Marley and toured with the Wailers in the 1970s, draws on interviews with 75 friends, associates, business managers, relatives, and members of the Wailers to provide an oral history of Bob Marley. They describe the writing of Marley’s songs, his pre-recording years in Kingston, Coxson Dodd’s Studio One, his exile from Kingston in 1966 and 1967, the Danny Sims-Johnny Nash maneuverings, the history of the Wailers’ relationship with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry and the reasons for their split, the breakup of the group in 1973, the assassination attempt in Kingston in 1976, whether the CIA was complicit in the attempt on Marley’s life, the events leading to the One Love Peace Concert, Marley’s trips to Africa, his rise to international fame in London, his visit to Zimbabwe to sing for freedom fighters, his collapse in Central Park, and his death at the age of 36 from cancer. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

An author who traveled with the Wailers, interviewed Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer extensively and took iconic Bob Marley photos—drawing on 40 years of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers and confidants, many speaking publicly for the first time—crafts a riveting oral history depicting the reggae icon's life through vivid scenes.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., c2017
ISBN: 9780393058451
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 STE
Characteristics: xxvii, 434 p. :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.


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