In this one-of-a-kind collection, edited by Gerald Hausman and with an introduction by Cedella Marley, the words of reggae legend Bob Marley are brought together as a testament to the deeply felt and powerfully motivated sense of spirit of the revered singer-songwriter and performer who helped spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafarian movement across the world.
The texts, many unpublished in book form, were gathered at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica, where Bob lived and worked in the 1970s. He would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a United Nations Medal of Peace. Marley's compilation album "Legend "is one of the bestselling recordings of all time, going platinum ten times in the United States and selling twenty million copies worldwide.
Bob Marley's wisdom came not only through his songs but also from his poetic, spoken words. The short selections in this book, which are compiled from interviews he gave over the years, will give readers a true sense of who Bob Marley really was and are bound to inspire them with his timeless message of faith, unity, and love.
"It's Bob, as he was, as he is, as he will always be, talking personally to you."
from the editor's note
"My father spoke plain and simple words, the least tricky of all. These came from Proverbs in the Bible and also the folk sayings of the people of Jamaica. . . . He was wise beyond education, beyond information."
from the introduction.
About the Author
Bob Marley (1945-1981) was one of the most beloved and bestselling musicians of his time. Born in the village of Nine Mile, Jamaica, Marley left school at fourteen to pursue music fulltime. A dedicated member of the Rastafari movement, Marley is credited with bringing reggae and Jamaican music to a world stage. Over the course of his career, he released more than a dozen albums with his band Bob Marley and the Wailers. The posthumous release of "Legend "(1984) went platinum in the United States and sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Marley died from cancer in 1981.
Gerald Hausman, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945, grew up in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He graduated from college in New Mexico and continued to live there for two decades. During that time, he had a summer residence on the island of Jamaica where he and his wife, Loretta, founded a school for creative writing. Mr. Hausman has lived in Bokeelia, Florida since 1994. In addition to his many books about Native America, Gerald Hausman has written extensively about animal mythology. His work as a folklorist has earned him many national and international honors. Gerald's most recent award is from the Florida Magazine Association for his column "Pine Island Soundings" about life on a barrier island.
Gerald Hausman is a frequent storyteller at college writers programs and at young authors conferences. Recently, he performed at the Young Authors Conference in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a guest of Department of Defense Dependent Schools. His lively presentations, complete with a myriad of sound effects, have earned him praise from storytellers, speakers, writers, and listeners.
Earnie Larsen is a pioneer in the field of recovery from addictive and unwanted behaviors, and the originator of the process known as Stage II recovery. He has authored more than 60 books and 40 motivational self-help tapes. He lives in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN.