Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

by Timothy White


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The classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death

Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon. Catch a Fire, now a classic of rock biography, delves into the life of the leader of a musical, spiritual, and political explosion that continues today.

Under the supervision of the author's widow and with the collaboration of a Marley expert, this fourth edition contains a wealth of new material on the Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician , including many revisions made by the author before his untimely death. An appendix to the new edition chronicles Marley's legacy in recent years, as well as the ongoing controversy over the possibility that Marley's remains might be exhumed from Nine Mile, Jamaica, and reburied in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where hundreds of Rastafarians live. The new edition also contains an expanded discography and is factually updated throughout.

"Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician." —San Francisco Chronicle

"As close as rock journalism comes to transcendent literature."

"White has a deep appreciation for reggae's immediacy, hypnotic power, and contradictions . . . An exhaustively researched labor of love." —Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805080865
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 125,007
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

One of the most prominent music journalists of the twentieth century, Timothy White wrote extensively on Marley, reggae, and Caribbean music and culture for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other leading publications. His close contact with Marley and his family and inner circle of friends led to White being granted access to private papers, photographs, and memorabilia. White died in 2002.

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Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book when i was 15. That was 16 years ago and I've read it maybe 5 times. It is the most important piece of literature that any Bob fan, new or seasoned, could own. BUY IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really depicted the life of Bob Marley very well. I enjoyed it a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best BOB MARLEY book i have ever read; its really great. Mr. white talks about not only the life of BOB MARLEY, but also the rastafarian religion, jamaican politics and much more. I reccomend this book to all BOB MARLEY fans and people who want to learn about him. PEACE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable book about the most important musician of the 20th century. Makes you see him in a different light
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now that I understand Reggae and Rastafarianism, I like Marley more and the rest of it less. White makes it easy to see the progression from early rock and jazz to Reggae to hip-hop. He also illustrates the unfortunate cultural and political drivers of Jamaican poverty. None of Marley's family or associates really followed his same ideals. Rita suddenly lived a life of excess, and most of his fellow musicians and producers squabbled over his legacy. He's popular worldwide as a symbol of hope but I think his advocates miss the things that could make such hopes fulfilled. Marley linked himself to Ras Tafari Makonnen (later Emperor Haile Selassie I, an alleged descendant of Solomon).
izze.t on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I couldn't get past page 11. The little that I did read was interesting, but never touched me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really was excited about reading Catch A Fire by Timothy White but the book picks up and leaves the reader dumbfounded. I enjoyed reading the book with intentions on learning more but Mr. White does not tie all the information together for the average reader to understand! Only those previously knowledgeable Marley Fans Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Got this bio for Christmas and couldn't put it down until it was finished. Now I'm using it as a record buying advisor. It made me appreciate Bob Marley a great dea
Guest More than 1 year ago
One must be cautious about those we make our leaders and legends. This carefully executed biography makes that point effectively. Fellow Marley biographer Chris Salewicz praised White's book for its 'gifted, accurate touch that recalls the best of Garcia Marquez,' and Marquez's own work explored the dangers of simplifying heroes and leaders. As White shows, Marley was more than a music star, and Marley's most important legacy may be that he saw there was a war against the poor in the Caribbean and he fought back with al
Guest More than 1 year ago
Musn't take leaders or legends at face value. Fellow Marley biographer Chris Salewicz compares White's study to 'the best of Garcia Marquez,' whose warnings about leaders were the same. This carefully-executed treatise shows there was a war against the poor in the Caribbean and Marley fought back with all he
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mountainous research into the songs and the person behind them help the reader learn a lot quickly. But the bigger value is that it's a history book, not a pop bio, and lends awareness of the politics and social pressures too. Vivid jou