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Before The Legend: The Rise Of Bob Marley

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  158 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley – including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, hi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Amistad (first published 2006)
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Feb 15, 2008 Martha rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Although it gives some insights into the daily life and struggle of Bob Marley, I felt that I learned more about the Jamaican music industry than I did the actual man in question.
Nov 07, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
As the title states this book is primarily about the early days and beginning of Bob Marley's musical career. Fans of Marley know most of this information already but it's still enjoyable to read.

The book starts with Bob being born in the country and his eventual relocation to Trenchtown. We read about his family roots and how he came to be interested in music with his friends. Eventually he formed the Wailers with them.

Some of the more fascinating information in the book is the revealing of B
May 12, 2008 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm learning a lot about the development of music in Jamaica and about things that happened there when I was a child, a part of the country I didn't see but could only imagine: the politics on the street, the richness of Jamaicans' words & humour, etc. Some things are being confirmed for me, other things are fitting like pieces of the puzzle I hadn't known existed. I love it because I'm learning more about my country. And it's a bittersweet read for me.

As far as what I'm learning about Bob,
Jun 10, 2014 Eddie rated it really liked it
Breezy read and informative, but what put it over the top for me was Farley's insightfulness. He'll be in the middle of an anecdote and then pull out some philosophical point about who we are as human beings, and somehow it never feels stilted.
Wend Wendland
Jan 24, 2016 Wend Wendland rated it really liked it
An entertaining and stylish account of the early years of Bob and the Wailers. Well worth reading.
Mutassem Al Sharji
Being a huge fan of Bob Marley ever since, this book gave me insights of things I never knew before... understanding the culture of Jamaica and the early years background of Bob is a must to understand him in his later years of super stardom! I recommend it to everyone who is interested to know Bob as a a person and what made him what he was... I also recommend it to those who don't know nothing about him other than his song Buffalo soldier & that he never used to wash his hair (which was a ...more
Amanda Mittlefehldt
May 25, 2015 Amanda Mittlefehldt rated it liked it
The auto was quite enamored with Bob, which makes telling his story quite one sided.
Sep 15, 2007 Sabrina rated it really liked it
Bob Marley is one of the most influential singers and person in the world. This book is very well written because it chronicles Marley's experiences (and his band's experiences) trying to find supporters and funding.

It's humbling, because at the end of his life, Marley and the Wailers ended up with very little money...

I found the book unassumingly inspiring.
Mar 26, 2014 Dee rated it liked it
Why did Bob Marley drive a BMW? (Bob Marley and the Wailers)!
Chris brown
Mar 17, 2016 Chris brown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
good subject matter but went off on to many different tangents. If you did not know anything about Robert or Jamaican history then this is good. If you just want to read about the man and his story buy something els
Aug 21, 2011 Thomas rated it it was ok
I read this because my son recommended it. It's not very well written, but it's illuminating on the music industry in Jamaica and on Marley's early years. Maybe a little too much incense for my taste.
Jan 01, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Read this book to learn about Bob Marley's early days and the Jamaican music industry, but Farley's writing is sometimes repetitive with information and the chronology is sometimes unclear.
Rushay Booysen
Jan 26, 2011 Rushay Booysen rated it really liked it
got alot of insight into bob's life and his struggles and what drove him to fame.It also made me see the aspects beyond the legend how human and frail he was
Jul 03, 2008 Bernice rated it it was amazing
If you want to know more about Robert nesta Marley and friends and also the history of Jamnica then read this!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 12, 2007 Amelia is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really insightful biography, more like a story than a non-fiction book.
Jan 30, 2008 Irene rated it really liked it
Quick interesting read. I had totally underestimated Marley's greatness.Check it out.
Mar 25, 2009 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Great except for the fact that it was just the first half of the story...
Oct 20, 2008 Taji rated it really liked it
Much more to history to music than I would've thought.
Jan 25, 2009 Jaime is currently reading it
Well, I AM going to Jamaica. Time to read up!
Jonny (longjon)
its the worst book ive ever read
Eliz Palma
Jan 03, 2011 Eliz Palma rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Too much name dropping.
Marty Hughes
Dec 28, 2010 Marty Hughes rated it it was amazing
Good stuff.
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