Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story is a biography documentary that tells the heart-wrenching story of reggae legend Bob Marley by way of his music, personal glimpses of his friends and family. The film add exclusive interviews with Lee Perry, Chris Blackwell, Rita Marley along with the foremost members of his music band, The Wailers.
Robert Nesta Marley, born in Nine Miles (Rhoden Hall, Saint Ann) a small island town in Jamaica, Caribbean Sea, was the son of Cedella Booker, Jamaican and 18 years of Norval Marley, British captain for 50 years, that dezise son or fear of being demoted. In the late ’50s, Bob moved with his mother in Kingston, capital of rural areas where people came in hopes of improving their lives. Unfortunately, for most, destiny in the capital means poorer suburbs. Bob grew up in this environment where he met a friend who Neville O’Riley Livingston called him, but was known as Bunny, and together they began an interest in music, and began to write and sing a few songs. Both were influenced but the music they listened to radio stations broadcast music in the U.S. (Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Brook Benton and Fats Domino, The Drifters-group and also very popular in Jamaica). Then Bob started work alternating with music, that, just as he had found work at a foundry and where they burned an eye while she worked. Both Bob and Bunny received help from Joe Higgs music, a singer who had already won fame in Jamaica. But to secure existence, gave music lessons to beginners. In an hour of music, Bob and Bunny saw another young musician named Winston Hubert McIntosh that (Peter Tosh). In 1962 Bob Marley attended an audition for a music producer that I called Leslie Kong. This, impressed, invited into the studio to record some songs. The following year Bob realized that the best way to fulfill his dream was to make a band. He shared his idea Bunny and Peter and the three formed “Wailing Wailers”. New band gained the sympathy of Rastafari percussionist Alvin Patterson, who presented the producer Clement Dodd. In the middle of 1963 Dodd Wailing Wailers band saw and decided to promote the group. They released their first single, “Summer Down”, the Coxsone label in late 1963. The original band consisted of Bob, Bunny, Peter, Junior Braithwaite and two singers, Beverly Kelso and Cherry Smith.
The Wailers have known a man who has revolutionized the work, Lee Perry. The association between Perry and The Wailers group will bring success with songs like “Soul Rebel”, “Duppy Conqueror”, “400 Years” and “Small Axe”, current future classic reggae songs. In 1970, two of the greatest musicians on the island have joined the group. This is Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett and his brother Carlton (bass and drums).
In the summer of 1971 Bob accepted an invitation to accompany Johnny Nash in Sweden, during which he signed a contract with CBS, which was the American singer’s record label. In the spring of 1972 The Wailers had landed in England to make promotional disc “Reggae on Broadway”, but have not had much success. In desperation, Bob visited the Island Records recording studios, which were first interested in Jamaican music, and here he met Chris Blackwell. Blackwell knew the The Wailers and offered 4 million to record an album under the most advanced techniques that had studio. This first album was “Catch A Fire”, highly promoted. The disk was an immediate success, and the music and lyrics by Bob full of social load, were something entirely different then what is playing in Europe. Island tour group passed by England and USA, which was another first for a reggae band. The Wailers played in London in April 1973 and three months later the group returned to Jamaica. Bunny left the musical life, and left the group before the tour in the U.S.. In its place come Joe Higgs, former professor of music of The Wailers. The U.S. has participated in several concerts of Bruce Springsteen and Sly & The Family Stone, the main group of black musicians in the U.S. at that time.
In 1973 the group released their second album with Island Records, “Burnin ‘”, a disc that included new versions of major songs as “Duppy Conqueror,” “Small Axe” and “Put It On”, with The “Get Up, Stand Up” and “I Shot The Sheriff”. Last song was so firmly established that to Bob Marley, reaching, with Eric Clapton, to occupy first place in the singles top sellers in the U.S.. In 1974, Bob Marley spent most time in the studio working on “Natty Dread” album which included songs like “Talkin ‘Blues”, “No Woman No Cry”, “So Jah SEH”, “Revolution”, “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) “and” Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock) “. The following year, Bunny and Peter finally leaving group is dedicated to solo careers, which caused the group to be known as Bob Marley & The Wailers. “Natty Dread” was launched in February 1975. As for tournaments, made two, one at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, which was ranked one of the best of that period, and the second in November when Bob returned to Jamaica to play a concert with humanitarian by Stevie Wonder, but now as a star of his country and the world. “Rastaman Vibrations”, the next album was released in 1976. The album contained songs like “Crazy Baldhead,” “Johnny Was”, “Who The Cap Fit” and perhaps most significant for all, “War”, whose lyrics were taken from a speech by Emperor Haile Selassie, the UN.
Since Bob Marley ‘s death in 1981, he become a mega star of unbelievable prominence. Ask anybody who one thinks of whenever they think of reggae and the response will undoubtedly be Bob Marley. Marley’s music had been greatly influenced by the societal problems of his birthplace, and he is recognized as the people’s voice to their political and cultural problems in Jamaica. Marley’s darkest times; his assassination attempts, medically diagnosed of skin cancer in 1978 that inevitable the downfall of his health condition, following his death in 1981, along with his funeral are all presented on this documentary.
This an excellent look into the icon who had a remarkable impact on the whole world and on music industry. Marley’s words supported Peace and Pride for everybody. He will not only be remember as a hero of Jamaica, but to the entire world.
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