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Bob Marley Essay

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Bob Marley |
Musician, Philosopher |
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” |

Taylor Townsend

Mrs. King

Education 1300

26 January 2013

Bob Marley

Bob Marley is considered one of the most influential people in history today. Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Ann Parish, Jamaica. On May 11, 1981, Bob Marley died due to cancer which had spread from his toe that had been injured a few years before. In his life, he was a civil rights leader and sang about how he thought the world ...view middle of the document...

Marley didn’t stay there for long, only for about eight months, and then moved back to Jamaica. While he was there, he got back with Livingston and McIntosh to bring back the Wailers. At this point of time, Marley had been studying the Rastafarian movement and been searching through his spiritual side. The Rastafarian movement was a religious and political stand that was created in Jamaica and had its religious beliefs from more than one source, such as Jamaica’s own Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey, the Old Testament, and including the African heritage and culture. With this movement, most of the songs the group performed were written along with the Rastafarian influence. During their music career, the group performed with multiple famous singers and groups such as Johnny Nash, Bruce Springsteen, Sly & the Family Stone and others. However, two of the original members left the group in 1975. McIntosh and Livingston wanted to make their own solo careers so they dropped out of the band and respectively went on to their own lives. The band’s music had changed to a more political stand point because of the tensions happening in Jamaica. Songs such as “Rebel Music” and “Revolution” showed how Marley supported the People’s National Party. The Wailers ended up joining with a group of women called the I-Threes, which included Marley’s wife Rita, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt. With the addition of the new members, they renamed the band Bob Marley and the Wailers. During this time, Marley was becoming known to the world. He was already adored by Jamaica and now he was making it on the charts in the United States. His songs were all about freedom, a new Africa, and no more racial segregation.
Since Marley was in favor of the People’s National Party, those who opposed the People’s National Party also opposed Bob Marley. This is what many believe to be the reason why a group of gunmen tried to assassinate Marley on December 3rd, 1976 when he was rehearsing with the Wailers two days before a concert in Kingston’s National Heroes Park. More than one bullet was shot. Marley was struck in the sternum and the bicep and his wife Rita was hit in the head. Although their shots were minor, Marley’s manager’s was much worse. His manager, Don Taylor, was shot five...

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