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Bob Marley and the Wailers: “Stir It Up”

Due to personality and where history put him, Bob Marley was as much a cultural icon as a musician. The late Tim White wrote what is considered to be the definitive bio, “Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley.” It was published in 1998 and was expanded and updated after White’s death. The book covers the history of the Rastafarians and reggae in general and Marley and the Wailers in particular. The reader reviews suggest that it’s not an easy read but very important for people who want to understand the culture and music. Click here or on the image for more information.

Here are Bob Marley’s official site, his Facebook page and a Reuters story about Marley, the recently released movie directed by Kevin MacDonald.

Among the great Wailers songs are Them Belly Full, Get Up Stand Up, Jamming and Buffalo Soldier.

Toots and the Maytals is another great reggae band. Here is Pressure Drop, one of the hits from The Harder They Come, the landmark film that introduced reggae to the rest of the world. Jimmy Cliff sings the title track. Another song from the movie–it’s one of the great soundtracks ever–is By the Rivers of Babylon. This version was done much later by Cliff.

Peter Tosh, who had been a Wailer, had a hit with Don’t Look Back.

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