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Catch a Fire by Timothy White
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Jun 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

A much more comprehensive read than I was expecting, delving into Jamaican culture, the Rastafarian faith, and the roots and evolution of reggae music. All of this background sets the table for an intimate look at the life and artistry of Bob Marley. Most intriguing were passages about Bob's shooting on the eve of a music festival he agreed to sing at, well aware that there were those in power who did not want him there, the murder of fellow artist Peter Tosh, and Bob's death, which began with something as innocent as an untreated infection on his toe, but later led to the discovery of a spreading cancer that his beliefs made him resistant to treat.

Compelling work, and a much more accomplished piece of journalistic writing than the mere 'dig for the dirt/sex/drugs' bios that are written about many stars.
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