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            Music is more than just an idea, it is a way of life. It
is something that can create emotions in oneself that they did not know they
even had. Music speaks about one’s life, their hardships and happiness, their
sorrow and joy. Many types of music have done this for thousands of years, but
I think that the genre that best describes life is reggae, with its soulful
lyrics and laid-back island vibe it was a type of music that spoke right to
your heart, and with reggae comes one name, Bob Marley. He wasn’t in it for the
fame, he was in it for his absolute love for music. He was a man who spent his
entire life preaching about peace over violence, he wanted to promote the idea
of Rastafari, and the principle that all people were equal regardless of what
anyone thought, he created a legacy that has reached beyond his grave and has
inspired the world ever since.

 

            Bob Marley, formerly known as Nesta Robert Marley, was
born on the 6th of February 1945 in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann
Parish, Jamaica. His father Norval Sinclair Marley married his mother, Cedella
Booker, in 1945, and soon after had Bob. Norval
Marley’s family strongly disapproved of their union; although the Mr. Marley
provided financial support, the last time Bob Marley saw his father was when he
was five years old; at that time, Norval took his son to Kingston to live with
his nephew, a businessman, and to attend school. Eighteen months later Cedella
learned that Bob wasn’t going to school and was living with an elderly couple.
Alarmed, she went to Kingston, found Bob and brought him home to Nine Miles.
Once he turned 12, however, he and his mother moved to Trench Town, Kingston
Where he met up with his friends Neville Livingston (Later known as Bunny
Wailer) and Peter Mclintosh (Later known as Peter Tosh). He made a few songs
with them and a man named Joe Higgs who originally showed Robert the Rastafari
movement. It only took a few years until his career took started and he became
engulfed in a lifestyle of music.

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            Bob, Bunny and Peter were introduced to Clement Sir
Coxsone Dodd, a sound system operator turned producer; Dodd was also the father
of the seminal Jamaican record label Studio One. With their soulful harmonies
and lyrics that echoed the struggles facing Jamaica’s poor, the Wailers
attained a healthy local following. The Wailers’ first single for Studio One
“Simmer Down”, with Bob cautions the ghetto youths to hold their
tempers or “the battle would be hotter”, reportedly sold over 80,000
transcripts. The Wailers went on to record several hits for Coxsone including
“Rude Boy”, “I’m Still Waiting,” and an early edition of
“One Love”, the song the BBC would designate as the Sung dynasty of
the Century some thirty-five years after.

By the mid-60s, the
jaunty ska beat had changed into the slower paced rock-steady sound, which
shortly made way to Jamaica’s signature reggae rhythm around 1968. Dodd had not
produced a  break in his label’s releases
nor did he embrace the proliferation of lyrics imbued with Rastafarian beliefs
that were essential to  reggae. Slumping
sales of the Wailers’ Studio One singles compounded by a lack of steady pay
from Dodd prompted their eventual release from Studio One.

 

Cedella
Booker, meanwhile, decided to relocate to the US state of Delaware in 1966. That
same year Bob Marley married Rita Anderson and joined his mother in Delaware
for a few months, where he acted as a DuPont lab assistant and on an assembly
line at a Chrysler plant under the alias Donald Marley. In his absence from
Jamaica, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I visited the island from
April 21-24, 1966. His Majesty is revered as Lord and Savior, according to
Rastafarian beliefs and his visit to Jamaica had a profound impact upon Rita
and Bob. Bob soon adopted the Rastafarian way of life and began wearing his
signature dreadlocks that he has come to be known for. Upon Bob’s return to
Jamaica, The Wailers established the Wail’N Soul’M label/book shop in front of
his aunt’s Trench Town home. The label’s name identified its main acts: The
Wailers and The Soulettes, a female vocal trio featuring Rita Marley. A few
successful Wailers’ singles were released, including “Bend Down Low”
b/w “Mellow Mood” but due to lack of the money needed to keep it
open, the Wailers dissolved Wail’N Soul’M in 1968, but their love of music
didn’t die with it.

 

As
the 1970s began, major unemployment, rationed food supplies, political violence
and the IMF’s stranglehold on the Jamaican economy due to various policies
heavily influenced the political and societal understanding that came to define
Bob’s lyrics. In 1970 the Wailers forged a crucial relationship with Jamaican
producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, a trailblazer in the development of
dub, a type of reggae where the drum and bass foundation have moved to the
head. Perry paired The Wailers with his studio band The Up setters, brothers
Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett, respectively playing drums
and bass. Together they forged an unheard of sonic identity, as found on trails
like “Duppy Conqueror”, “400 Years” and “Soul
Rebel”, which made an enduring cornerstone for roots reggae. He then ran
ahead and made his most highly acclaimed album” Rastaman Vibration” which
peaked at #8 on the Billboard top 200 and greatly gave a clearer apprehension
of the Rastafari teachings to the mainstream audience that was now listening to
Bob.

Soon
after this happened, they released the album “Survival”, which helped them to
receive worldwide recognition, especially in the newly formed country of
Zimbabwe. It was there that they were to hold a concert at Rufaro Sports
Stadium, and 80,000 people inspired by his music rushed to get a glimpse of the
singer, causing pandemonium and forcing police to take action with tear gas
that got into the stage and forced the bend to retreat, but a few hours later
Bob Marley returned to the stage and performed a free concert for everyone. The
group soon embarked on a
major European tour in the spring of 1980 for his final album “Uprising”,
breaking attendance records in several countries. In Milan, Italy, they
performed before 100,000 people, the largest audience of their career. The US
leg of the “Uprising” tour commenced in Boston on September 16 at the
JB Hynes Auditorium. On September 19 Bob and the Wailers rolled into New York
City for two consecutives sold out nights at Madison Square Garden as part of a
bill featuring New York based rapper Kurtis Blow and Lionel Richie and the
Commodores. The tour went onto the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa. where Bob
delivered the final set of his illustrious career on September 23, 1980. The
Pittsburgh show took place just two days after Marley learned that the cancer
that had taken root in his big toe in 1977, following a football injury, had
metastasized and spread throughout his body. Bob courageously fought the
disease for eight months, even traveling to Germany to undergo treatment at the
clinic of Dr. Josef Issels. At the beginning of May 1981, Bob left Germany to
return to Jamaica, but he did not complete that journey; he succumbed to his
cancer in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981. The world mourned at the loss of a
legend that would never be able to see the full effects of his inspiration.

 

There
is no doubt whatsoever that Bob Marley made a footprint in history. He
accomplished more than a successful career, he was able to help spread to the
world his ideas of non-violence, peace, and “Fighting against ism and scism” as
he sang in “One Drop”. His passion for music lead him to create compositions
that were different from anything that the world had ever seen before, he was
able to create a new wave of fire in the hearts of the worlds youth that have led
to not only peace, but freedom as well. You can see his legacy in his many
children as well, and from their fame and efforts to make this world closer to
the image that their father had conceived. Every time I see yellow,green,and
red together it automatically reminds me of him, it has basically become his
staple color pattern because of his love for his home country. I today still
listen to his music and hear what he was trying to preach to the world, and
even try to understand what I have learned .His fame has endured for years ,
because his message is timeless. the world is definitely not going to forget
him anytime soon, one big indicator is the fact that after his death, they came
out with an album called “One Love”. This album reached 25 million copies sold
worldwide, officially making it a diamond record, something that very few have
ever accomplished. I think that the biggest thing that has been done to show
his legacy endures was in
August 2008, two musicians from the war scarred countries of Serbia and Croatia
unveiled a statue of Bob Marley during a rock music festival in Serbia; the
monument’s inscription read “Bob Marley Fighter For Freedom Armed With A
Guitar”. Just that inscription alone really makes me think that his
message may never die.

 

I
feel like he was truly one of the most influential musicians of all time, but
some might argue that he was blown greatly out of proportion.For one thing, He
was only a musician. I know that people would argue with me on that one, but it
wasn’t like he was some powerful political figure or rich entrepreneur, he was
just a musician who didn’t like all of the violence in the world. He really was
a normal person who wanted to voice his opinion, and the thing is,is the fact
that there have been thousands of musicians that have wanted to do the same
thing. I think the only reason that he was greatly acclaimed was the fact that
he was different in the fact that he used reggae and made it popular which made
more people come to know him.Also, he really wasn’t that talented of a singer.
There were hundreds of singers that could reach higher octaves and that could
make their voice sound soft and velvety. He did sound good, but I think that if
his lyrics hadn’t been as soulful and deep as they were that people wouldn’t
have even paid attention to him. I think that although he might have been a bit
made out to be better than he actually was, he was still a very important and
significant figure. I feel that you could argue that it might have been luck
that he became as big as he was, but I think it was due to the fact that he
knew the issues better than most politicians of the time and was willing to
tell the world about them. I feel like if you truly thought he was over hyped,
than you would be hard pressed into finding someone who would believe that Bob
Marley was a phoney.

 

 

            Overall, I think that Bob Marley accomplished more after
his death than while he was alive. There is much more equality in the world
than there was before, and people are starting to fight for their freedom more
and more. He will truly never be forgotten after all that has been said and
done about him. He showed the world what the Rastafari movement was and greatly
influenced reggae music through it. He helped mankind by putting more knowledge
into the common people of what it was like to be a black man in a white man’s
world, he showed equality as a thing that had to be achieved instead of just
earned. I really was satisfied with picking him mostly because I have always
wanted to know more about him and what his life was like, I truly feel a better
enriched person by reading some parts of his life and the impact that he has
made. He showed the world that one voice can change as much as one gun could,
but one song could change as much as an entire army could.