Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Marley: The Original Soundtrack

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Marley: The Original Soundtrack

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Bob Marley and the Wailers (Tuff Gong, 2012)


Bob Marley, who took reggae music from Jamaica to the world, is one of the pop culture saints of our age--on par with Elvis, Che Guevara, Malcolm X. Marley died of cancer at age 36 in 1981, but his image is better known today than it ever was in his lifetime. Now there is a documentary about Marley's life (called simply, Marley) and this soundtrack compilation of live and studio recordings to introduce his work to yet another generation.

What most people probably know about Bob Marley is that he was a Rastafarian, a member of a Jamaican religious cult that considers pot-smoking a sort of sacrament. People who see the movie Marley will also learn that he had 11 children by seven different women.

But Marley was also, in other ways, a man of high principle. He grew up as one of Jamaica's poor and was truly committed to justice for them and for all people of African descent. …

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