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Bob Marley

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Bob Marley by Stuart Graves Youth Award Bob Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. His departure from this planet came at a point when his vision of One World, One Love - inspired by his belief in rastafari- was beginning to be heard and felt. The last Bob Marley and the Wailers tour in 1980 attracted the largest audiences at that time for any musical act in Europe. Bob's story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and various periods of mystical wilderness. And his audience continues to widen: to westerners Bob's apocalyptic truths prove inspirational and life changing; in the Third World his impact goes much further. ...read more.

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Those are facts. And although it is sometimes said that there are no facts in there is one more thing of which we can be certain: Bob Marley never wrote a bad song. He left behind the most. "The reservoir of music he has left behind is like an encyclopedia," says Judy Mowatt of the "When you need to refer to a certain situation or crisis, there will always be a Bob Marley song that will relate to it. Bob was a musical prophet." Bob Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. His departure from this planet came at a point when his vision of One World, One Love - inspired by his belief in rastafari- was beginning to be heard and felt. ...read more.

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The Keskidee was formerly a church and played a vital role in the lives of London's Caribbean and African immigrants. It served as Britain's principal black arts centre, the country's main repository of African culture, and the home of black theatre in Britain. Bob was still a resident in the U.K. at that time following the recording of the kava Lp which had shot to number four in the charts just weeks after its release. While the video was never shown during Bob's lifetime (portions of it can be seen in the posthumously released "One Love/People Get Ready") the session did produce some strikingly beautiful portraits of Bob, including the now iconic legend cover photo. Despite the staging inherent to any such production, the photos do manage to give us a sense of his special affinity with young people. We are pleased to present them now in celebration of the 54th anniversary of his birth. ...read more.

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