28/02/2014 by Don Quijones
“I don’t really have no ambition, you know. I only have one thing I’d really like to see happen. I’d like to see mankind live together. Black, white, Chinese, everyone. That’s all.” Robert Nestor Marley
If Bob Marley were alive today, he would have turned 69 on 6th February of this year, which goes to show just how young he was when he died.
In tribute to one of the undisputed pioneers of modern music, an artist revolutionary and revolutionary artist who has touched the lives of thousands of millions of people of all races, colour and creed, we would like to refeature the documentary Marley.
[The introduction was written by my good friend and fellow reggae afficionado Son of Seitan]
Marley is a riveting and masterfully edited documentary about one of the world’s most influential musical artists of the last 40 years – not a bad achievement for somebody who was born into abject poverty and who, as the son of a white British father and black Jamaican mother, faced abandonment and discrimination from both sides of the ethnic divide.
Only a true Legend could turn such disadvantage into something positive. One of Bob Marley’s greatest achievements was, and still is, his universal appeal. Whites and blacks, rich and poor, old and young, it really doesn’t matter… pretty much everybody likes Bob Marley.
Part of the reason for this is that his music has an almost unique quality in that whatever your mood, whatever the weather, it will brighten your day. As Macka B croons in his reggae track Everybody Loves Bob Marley, “everybody loves Bob Marley, everywhere i go its the same old story, people of all nation, them love the Rastaman vibrations”
The movie features interviews with a kaleidoscope of colourful characters, including some of the former Wailers and a scattering of the myriad women in his life. It also explores the rather unconventional and at times strained relationship he had with his wife Rita Marley.
But just as Bob himself once said, his duty was not to “follow the laws of men, but the laws of Jah!”
Although (or perhaps because) he preached peace and love, brought reggae to an international audience and shared out a large part of his royalties to friends, family and various charities, Marley was targeted for assassination – a fate he thankfully narrowly escaped. Find out how, and also what exactly lead to his heart-breaking death at the tender age of 36.
Rest In Peace Rastaman!
If you liked this movie, you might want to check out our rather humble, though steadily growing, collection of Films of the Week.