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Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius

Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius

by Kwame Dawes
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This in-depth analysis of the reggae superstar's poetry in lyric form delves into the songwriter's intellect and spirituality with scholarly precision usually more associated with Bob Dylan or John Lennon. Thought of as the folk poet of the developing world, Marley influenced generations of musicians and writers throughout the Western hemisphere. He was a performer who held true to his heritage, yet is still awarded the status of world rock star. Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius features interviews with key people and musicians who knew the man. It's the perfect companion to Bob Marley's recordings. Previously published by Sanctuary.

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ISBN-13: 9781860744334
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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This book is remarkable in a few ways. It's one of the few books on Bob Marley that is written by a Jamaican. It's one of the few books on Bob Marley that's written by a Jamaican. And it's one of the few books that actually pushes the envelope of what we thought we knew about Bob Marley. I have a healthy appreciation for a 'home-grown' perspective and I'm grateful to read a black Jamaican's interpretation of Marley's art and life. There are contributing factors in Marley's world that are shared by others in similar conditions. These 'others' are best equipped to speak on the cause-effect relationship of life to expression. Unfortunately, the myth of 'objectivism' lends more credence to a total outsider's perspective to the detriment of a more intimate account. This author lays that to waste. Kwame Dawes is an excellent writer and he strikes me as someone I'd enjoy sitting down to talk with. This is dense subject matter and it easily could have turned into an encyclopedia. He condenses a lot of background and tangential relationships into this examination of Marley's poetry, and he does so skillfully. I did feel that the book was a bit rushed near the end, and the last chapter seemed a bit unfinished, but other than that, I have no complaints. I consider myself a fairly good student of The Wailers, and I feel capable of exploring the references and cross-references with others. But I have to submit to Mr. Dawes' superior insight. There were cases where I disagreed with his lyrical interpretation on minor points, or his overlooking of 'Bend Down Low' and 'Bad Card' (one of my favorite Wailers songs) but for the most part I found myself paying closer attention to ostensibly small nuances of the lyrics. I even found myself digging back into my long-forgotten copy of Kaya to re-evaluate my relationship with that album. The most valuable aspect of this book, for me, is it's ability to extract even more mileage from Marley's legacy. The arrangement of the book into Marley's musical 'periods' while associated with Island Records is quite interesting. I didn't buy it at first, but the author presents a strong case. His analysis of Confrontation was equally compelling. His ability to reposition 'posthumous' releases into earlier periods gave me a lot to think about and reconsider. We need more books like this. One exploring Peter Tosh would be nice. If you are a Marley fan, do yourself a favor and buy this book, read it cover to cover. Write in it. Mark it up. Disagree with it. Keep it for reference. Then read it again. The only thing that would have improved this book would be an accompanying website for public discussion of the material.