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Playlist: Five From Bob Marley

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Here are some Bob Marley links: His official website and entries from Wikipediabio.com and last.fm, which has a nice quick bio. Here is how it starts:

Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981), born Nesta Robert Marley which was later to be changed by passport officials to Robert Nesta Marley, was a Jamaican , guitarist, and activist. He was the most widely known writer and performer of , and more specifically . He is famous for popularising the genre outside of Jamaica and the Caribbean. Much of his music dealt with the struggles of the spiritually wealthy  and/or spiritually powerful Jah Rastafari. 

Starting out in 1963 with the group Bob Marley & The Wailers, he forged a distinctive song-writing and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide.

The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest  records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. (Continue Reading…)

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