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Topic: Bob

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Title: LEGEND ranked top greatest hits album

source:consequence of sound

Excerpt: Legend continues to influence any soul looking for the sun when the skies fail them. It’s an aural relaxer, like six shots of rum, a mixed cocktail of Busiprone and Xanax, or a warm bath aboard a cold beer. “Shocker”: Since its 1984 release, the album remains one of the longest running successes on the Billboard charts — 992 non-consecutive weeks, to be exact — having only been surpassed by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Title: Bob Marley And Fela Perspectives

source:sahara reporters

Excerpt: Fifth edition of FELABRATION kicked off with the Fela Debates tagged "Movement of the People-The Fela and Bob Marley Perspectives" held in Lagos today. Speakers are Nana Rita Marley, ably represented by Elanor Wini also in attendance are Prof John Collins, Vivan Goldman and Prof Sola Olorunyomi.

Title: Legend Let Me Know My Mom Loved Me

source:laweekly

Excerpt: One night, however, some music from the living room kept me up, and the next morning my mother showed me the CD case: Bob Marley and The Wailer's Legend. She told me that Marley was a man from Jamaica who wanted everyone to be kinder to each other.

Excerpt: It is probably Marley's best-known work, spending 992 weeks on the Billboard charts, a run only bested by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon. Legend brilliantly combined the pop and reggae elements of Marley's catalog, introducing him to a wider audience, including my young self.

But, really, the album is built around one core principle: love.

Title: Three Little Birds at the Ballpark

source:boston.com

Excerpt: Shane Victorino, a dedicated fan of the late Bob Marley, always come to the plate to one of his songs. It’s usually “Buffalo Soldier.” But in this homestand, Victorino switched to “Three Little Birds.”

Excerpt: The crowd has picked up on it and started to swing along.

“Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right,” was wafting through the lower section of Fenway on Tuesday and Victorino was smiling as he walked to the plate.

“They did that in Philly, too,” he said. “It’s cool. I really love it.”

Title: Bob in Top 10 on Social 50 Chart

source:billboard.biz

Excerpt: This week, the late reggae legend vaults from No. 34 to No. 9 off the strength of a new partnership with ESPN.

Excerpt: The TV network began showcasing Marley's music across all of its programming in July, and will make his catalog a major part of ESPN’s upcoming X-Games programming. The exposure has allowed Marley to ascend on the Social 50 for the second week in a row. His prior best ranking was No. 12 in June 2011.

Excerpt: Marley has one of the largest followings of any posthumous musician. With 44 million Facebook fans, only Michael Jackson has a larger audience (61 million fans) of deceased artists. During the charting week that ended July 14, Marley experienced steady above-average audience growth across both Facebook and Twitter, accumulating 534,000 new fans on Facebook (a 75% increase) and 11,000 new followers on Twitter (up 14% from the previous week), according to data provided by Next Big Sound.

Title: LEGEND: Remixed

source:rolling stone

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley approached Bentley months earlier with the idea of a remix album. Bentley chose a diverse lineup of artists to put their own spin on the elder Marley's music – from EDM stars like Pretty Lights and Z-Trip to Ziggy and Stephen Marley and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James. "The whole point of art is to give you a different appreciation of something," says Bentley. "Something that is powerful and unifying for people, and has a certain magic quality."

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley says he's pleased with the results of his original idea – something more than just a standard set of club-ready four-on-the-floor reworkings of his father's music. "Bob is still the singer. The message is still there," he says. "It’s just fun, it’s all fun. It’s a joyful thing, man."

Title: ESPN Celebrates Music from Bob

source:the wall street journal

Excerpt: ESPN will showcase the music of Bob Marley and The Wailers across all programming in July. Marley music will also be a part of ESPN's X Games Los Angeles 2013 programming and content. Tracks featured are from LEGEND REMIXED (Island/Tuff Gong/UMe), released June 25, an inspired new spin on the reggae classic LEGEND, the iconic 1984 album from BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS. Viewers will be treated to remix versions of "Three Little Birds" (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley Remix), "Exodus" (Pretty Lights Remix), and "Jamming" (Nickodemus and Zeb Remix).

Excerpt: Bob Marley and The Wailers' LEGEND is the world's best-selling reggae album with global sales exceeding 40 million copies, including more than 14 million in the U.S. alone. The RIAA Diamond(R)-certified album holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine, second only to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked LEGEND at No. 46 on its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

Title: Three Little Birds Gets Remixed by Stephen

source:rollingstone

Excerpt: Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" radiates feel-good vibes, and this remix by his son Stephen Marley and DJ-producer Jason Bentley takes it to a new level with fresh, snappy snares and revamped synths that put a little extra pop in the positive jam.

Title: Review: Kaya: 35th Anniversary Edition

source:blogcritics

Excerpt: The best known song from Kaya remains "Is This Love." But there are several other lesser heard, but nonetheless great songs here, including gems like "Easy Skanking," "Satisfy My Soul" and "Misty Morning," that are equally worthy of a fresh listen.

Excerpt: But it is the stunning, eleven minute version of "Exodus" here that sealed the deal for me. You may have to do some explaining to the neighbors afterwards. But if your speakers can take it, this one is best appreciated at maximum volume.

Excerpt: The mantle of "legend" is one that is often used loosely in the post-rock era. But the 35th Anniversary Edition of Kaya is one of those rare, lovingly assembled tributes to an iconic artist who truly lived up to it.

Title: Damian Reflects on Tribute to Bob

source:hollywood reporter

Excerpt: Damian Marley, a three-time Grammy winner and the youngest son of the late Bob Marley, was part of a tribute to his father that was featured in Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

Excerpt: “I think it was great,” Marley told The Hollywood Reporter at the Red Light Management Grammy after-party. “As a child of reggae music, we always like to see when reggae is put upon a pedestal and of course the Grammys is one of the highest pedestals in the world, so we are glad to be a part of that.”

Title: Grammy Tribute to Bob

source:rolling stone

Excerpt: A genre-spanning collection of artists, including Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna, all of whose music was influenced by Bob Marley, gathered together on the Grammy stage Sunday night to pay tribute to the late reggae icon. The musicians performed original songs influenced by Marley as well as a group cover of his classic number "Could You Be Loved."

Excerpt: "None of this would be possible without Bob Marley," Mars exclaimed before introducing Rihanna and Ziggy Marley. The two arrived onstage, swapping vocal turns on a harmonically precise cover of "Could You Be Loved." Ziggy's younger sibling, Damian, arrived onstage next. The rapper/singer added a wild rap verse to the rock-steady cut, rounding out what was undeniably one of the highlight performances of the evening.

Title: Ziggy pleased with Marley accolades

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: The film by Scottish director Kevin MacDonald is vying for a number of awards. It is nominated for a BAFTA (the British Academy Awards) in the category Best Documentary. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has Marley as a nominee for its Image Award in the category Best Documentary (theatrical or television); while the soundtrack has also copped a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Excerpt: "It was difficult to make this documentary considering that my father is no longer here and we did not have a lot of footage. I must credit the creative team for being able to pull this off and create such a memorable documentary. I am really proud and happy," he noted.

Excerpt: "We the family have been able to keep his spirit alive and therefore people still feel connected. And there is also Bob's personality which people hold on to as they see him as a brethren, family and friend. Plus his music is still effective and so people can pass it on to future generations."

Title: MARLEY movie ranked #4

source:paste

Excerpt: It’s not entirely clear why director Kevin Macdonald decided to make a documentary about the musician Bob Marley, a cultural icon whose life has been recounted countless times through a variety of mediums. Macdonald claims it’s because he wants to understand why Marley continues to speak to legions of fans around the world. Whatever his reasons, he’s clearly up to the task. Marley offers an expansive and at times fascinating perspective on the man through interviews with his fellow former Wailers, family, and childhood friends. The film is fairly detailed concerning Marley’s songwriting and musicianship from his early ska days up through the release of Catch a Fire. After this, however, it skips through his catalogue, choosing to focus more on his personal life, conversion to Rastafarianism, the tumultuous state of Jamaican politics, and his prolific womanizing—all of which are important elements of the artist’s character.—Jonah Flicker

Title: Scottish filmmaker talks about Marley

source:the guardian

Excerpt: “Marley resonated with me because in my travels around the world I had seen his impact. Always, everywhere you go around the globe, from Tibet to Japan, you find Bob Marley fans. And I just wondered why? What is it about him that is so much more resonant than any other popular musician throughout history?”

Excerpt: When asked whether he sees any shortcomings in the film that he now wishes he could change, Macdonald stated that this is usually the case in any creative piece of work that a director takes on. He admitted, “I find it unbearable to sit and watch all the mistakes in one of my films in front of an audience.”

Excerpt: “I wish I could put back in all the things I took out and maybe show it in two parts.” Contrastingly, Macdonald stated that he was pleased with what he described as the “classical, simple style” of the film. He asserted that he refrained from imposing too much of himself into the film and that most of his impositions were strictly editorial ones. He went on to explain, “I saw the film very much as an oral history of Bob Marley.” The film, as he described it, is more like a literary artifact than a film artifact in that it is consists of numerous verbal accounts by those who knew Bob Marley best.

Title: Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles

source:associated press

Excerpt: It’s Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles.

The City Council proclaimed the day Tuesday in honor of the Jamaican reggae legend whose string of hits include “I Shot the Sheriff” and “No Woman, No Cry.”

Excerpt: The proclamation coincides with the DVD release of the documentary “Marley.”

Excerpt: Buscaino says Marley’s music “brought people together in times of trouble.”

Title: Marley albums in top 50 count

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: SIX albums by Bob Marley are included in a Top 50 Reggae Albums list compiled by Jamaican disc jockey Clinton Lindsay and his colleague Marlon Burrell.

Excerpt: Marley’s Exodus is number one on the Lindsay/Burrell table. The 1977 album, largely recorded in England and distributed by Island Records, was selected by Time Magazine as its Best Album of the 20th Century.

Excerpt: Three other Marley recordings made the top 20. They are the 1984 compilation, Legend, which is at number four; Natty Dread, his 1974 breakthrough album, is at seven while 1976’s Rastaman Vibration comes in at number 14.
Catch A Fire and Burnin’, the groundbreaking 1973 albums by Marley and the Wailers for Island, are at 26 and 34, respectively.

Title: MARLEY in top 25

source:paste magazine

Excerpt: 9. Marley
It’s not entirely clear why director Kevin Macdonald decided to make a documentary about the musician Bob Marley, a cultural icon whose life has been recounted countless times through a variety of mediums. Whatever his reasons, he’s clearly up to the task. Marley offers an expansive and at times fascinating perspective on the man through interviews with his fellow former Wailers, family, and childhood friends. The film is fairly detailed concerning Marley’s songwriting and musicianship from his early ska days up through the release of Catch a Fire. After this, however, it skips through his catalogue, choosing to focus more on his personal life, conversion to Rastafarianism, the tumultuous state of Jamaican politics, and his prolific womanizing—all of which are important elements of the artist’s character. This makes for an interesting journey, although music geeks will surely miss the behind-the-scenes insight about classic albums and songs that might have appeared. Marley, which is beautifully shot for a documentary (the Jamaican locations help immensely), begins not in the Caribbean, but in West Africa. This fades into live footage from the 1970s of Marley performing the song “Exodus.” Vintage concert performances are peppered liberally throughout the film, showcasing Marley as a whirling dervish of spinning, sweaty dreadlocks, possessed of an energy that feels boundless. Marley’s personal life was tumultuous, to say the least, and the film’s interviewees are happy to talk about it. Just when it seemed that he was poised to crack the elusive black American audience he so desired, he was stricken with cancer. When its a story of someone as profoundly interesting and influential as Bob Marley, there’s just so much things to say.

Title: Reggae legend transcends genre

Excerpt: If one man made rock musicians start to see beyond the American blues and country-based framework from which their music evolved, and if a single figure began the process of expanding their vocabulary past even the European influences that marked post-Beatles art rock, it was surely Bob Marley.

Excerpt: If we now fully expect hybrids that mix rock with Third World rhythms, and if we have come to think of popular music’s language as something global, we owe Marley a debt of gratitude.

Excerpt: Marley’s ability to bring reggae’s message and sound to a large audience struck a particularly important chord with disenfranchised punks in the U.K., who drew inspiration from the newly-discovered beat and its social commentary to revitalize rock ’n’ roll in the late 1970s, just when it was in need of a transfusion.

Title: Bob Marley & MOJO: The Truth!

source:mojo

Excerpt: Over the course of the last few weeks, several websites have run a completely false story claiming that MOJO has snubbed Bob Marley in a recently published list of "The 50 Best Reggae Albums Of All Time". To set the record straight:

• The feature referenced was actually printed in the August 2002 issue of the magazine - an issue that featured Bob Marley on the cover.

• The list of 50 reggae albums under discussion was in fact titled "Where next after Bob Marley?" - a guide to take the reader even deeper into the wonderful world of reggae

Excerpt: "At MOJO we have always treated Bob Marley, his work and his legacy with the utmost respect," says MOJO Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander. "The reports that suggest otherwise are categorically false and forego the first principle of journalism which involves getting your facts right. We are unsure as to how this misunderstanding has arisen and only wish someone had checked with the magazine before running with this story. Had they done so, they would have found that MOJO has been one of the biggest supporters of Bob Marley in the UK for the best part of 20 years, the evidence of which was the cover story which we ran on him only last year, and which we ran with the full co-operation of his family. To us, Bob is - and will always remain - a true inspiration."

Title: MARLEY is magical

source:amsterdamnews

Excerpt: In “Marley,” a documentary with an abundance of picturesque scenes and marvelous cinematography, there is one segment in which the camera meanders down a lush country road, with Bob Marley on the soundtrack singing one of his signature tunes, “Redemption Song.” The wish to have this moment linger a little bit longer until the song is finished is not to be, and this isn’t the only time viewers are left wanting for more of Marley’s unforgettable music.

Excerpt: Marley the composer is evident throughout the film, which often gives way to Marley the athlete and the peacemaker, especially during the political turbulence and violence of Jamaica in the late ’70s, when he arranges a meeting between presidential rivals Edward Seaga and Michael Manley. Even during this momentary truce, Marley is mindful of the music, admonishing his lead guitarist for playing a wrong note.

Title: MARLEY tops Billboard's Reggae chart

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: MARLEY, the original soundtrack for the recently released Bob Marley documentary, debuted at the top of Billboard magazine's Reggae album chart last week.

Excerpt: This is the 13th time that a Marley-theme album or compilation has topped the Billboard Reggae album chart.
The soundtrack is on three other Billboard charts. It debuted at number 122 on the Billboard 200 album chart; number 20 on the R&B Hip Hop album chart; and number eight on the Soundtrack albums chart.

Title: Ziggy and Robbie on MARLEY

source:collider.com

Excerpt: Beyond the joyous and upbeat quality of many of the film’s sequences, Marley delivers a depth of information and insights that would have been impossible without the kind of cooperation the Marley family offered by opening up their hearts, minds and memories to Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald. Their expansive interviews and the unparalleled and unrestricted access to a trove of archival imagery mean that this compelling documentary will stand as the one definitive record of the Bob Marley legacy.

Excerpt: In what ways has your father influenced you as an artist?

ZM: As an artist, I feel that his biggest influence is me realizing that music has a purpose and it’s not just for business and that music is spiritual. I get that from him that music is a spiritual thing. We believe in the almighty and we believe in God and that music is from God and we’re inspired by God to give messages and ideas to people. I think that is it. Yeah. I learned that from him, that music is from God and the message is from God.

Title: The Family learned from MARLEY

source:usa today

Excerpt: "I thought I knew him, but now I really know him and I love him more. And I love his music more now that I know him more," says son Ziggy Marley, an executive producer on the film. "That is what I want, people to know him more and feel for him as a person, what he has been through."

Excerpt: Those who only know the visage of Bob Marley on T-shirts and posters and "just think of Bob as the ganja-smoking guy," says Ziggy, "can be more in-depth by watching this film. This is something very important for my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren and every generation after this. This is the definitive thing that I want my kids to know about (their) grandfather."

Title: NPR review of MARLEY

source:npr

Excerpt: Given that the access granted here is a rare exception, this film is likely to remain a singular and definitive document of Marley's life, and that's reflected in Macdonald's approach, which is rigorously straightforward and traditional. This is largely a chronological birth-to-death journey, filled with the requisite interviews with friends and family, archival concert footage, the Ken Burns-ing of still photographs from throughout Marley's life, and the constant beat of his music keeping time in the background.

Excerpt: But Marley was an extremely political figure, both globally in his support of the Pan-African Movement, and locally in Jamaica. His prominence in Jamaican politics is completely foreign to U.S. notions of an artist's place in the political sphere; Marley was perceived to wield real power as easily as he did a guitar. At the height of his popularity, his support for a candidate was seen as a near guarantee of victory, a fact that is thought to have resulted in a narrowly survived assassination attempt.

Title: Kevin MacDonald on Bob

source:the telegraph

Excerpt: Kevin MacDonald, the director of new Bob Marley biopic tells The Telegraph about the making of his new documentary which looks at the "real man behind the icon of rebelliousness".

Excerpt: Kevin McDonald: I wanted to make a film about the man. No man, no woman is without their flaws. Once I had learned about him, about his flaws, I liked him more for it. You can relate to someone with a flaw.

Title: Reasoning With Ziggy Marley

source:boomshots

Excerpt: Just hours before the premiere Boomshots caught up with the co-executive producer of the film, to reason about the challenge of choosing the right director and to share his own personal hopes for the film. Ziggy even revealed what he considers the movie’s biggest surprise.

Excerpt: As the executive producer, you’ve been through 2 different directors before you settled on Kevin MacDonald. How did you know he was the right man for the job?

Well I mean you never know until you see the fruits. You know what i’m saying? You never know until the tree bear the fruits if the tree is good. So once we saw the first cut… I mean, in theory when I met Kevin, he was the right guy. I met him, he was cool and everything was alright. That is one aspect of it. The next aspect is the actual product, the work that you see. So when I saw the first cut, after talking with Kevin along the way for the process, I knew he was right—the right man for the job.

Title: Bob Marley Documentary

source:seattle times

Excerpt: Even those who know reggae star Bob Marley inside and out might be amazed by the scope, detail and beauty of "Marley," a documentary directed by Kevin Macdonald

Excerpt: The experience helped shape Marley's view of humanity, as expressed in such songs as "One Love" and "Cornerstone," along with his conversion to Rastafarianism at a young age. Indeed, Marley was as much a spiritual leader for fellow Jamaicans as he was an innovative musician who elevated reggae to the world stage. Nothing better illustrates his desire to unify fellow Jamaicans than his insistence on performing a hometown concert after he was nearly assassinated by a gunman from one of two rival gangs.

Title: A Documentary on Bob Marley

source:new york times

Excerpt: Though made with the cooperation of the Marley family, the film is far from a hagiography; and while stocked with musical sequences, it is not a concert film. Few if any of his songs are heard all the way through. “Marley” is a detailed, finely edited character study whose theme — Marley’s bid to reconcile his divided racial legacy — defined his music and his life.

Excerpt: His music has only grown in importance since his death. Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1984 anthology, “Legend,” has sold 25 million copies worldwide, and his music and image proliferated at Arab Spring demonstrations. You have only to listen to him or see a filmed performance to understand the potency of a voice synonymous with fervent hope.

Title: Inside the world of reggae legend

source:euronews

Excerpt: One of his sons, Ziggy Marley, said: “The man is the man but the message is the most important part of it. I’ve been to Africa, I’ve been to many places where Bob was around. He wasn’t there physically, but his music was there, supporting the movements of freedom in these countries. So it’s not much about the man when it comes to, you know, the things he would stand for, it’s about what his message was. And that is still here.”

Excerpt: And another son Rohan Marley explained: “To find the right person to do it right, and to be able to believe, in the family, that it has to be our way, you know? And Kevin MacDonald worked really worked side by side with Ziggy to make sure that came across — family approval, you know what I mean.”

Title: Cedella Talks About MARLEY

source:indiewire

Excerpt: "He was a human being; he was a man; his life was an open book; there were no secrets; I think that’s what made him a great man; We tend to try to live up to certain public expectations of us; but what we see here is real life."

Excerpt: On what she'd like the audience to take away from watching the film:

They have to walk away just feeling something; I don’t think you can walk away without feeling joy, sorrow, or maybe you understand something a bit more, or you find something that you're able to relate to, and hopefully grow from it.

Title: Marley

source:good times

Excerpt: That certainly was one of Marley’s grandest of missions—his spirituality, so deeply rooted in Rastafarian beliefs and the “repatriation to Africa for Africans,” eventually became one of the most significant creative grooves of his life. Musically, he was a revolutionary and spoke up about racism and colonialism and, as he crooned in “One Drop,” "fighting against ism and scism.”

Excerpt: After doing some initial research on Marley, of whom, Macdonald noted, he really only had an “interested layman’s knowledge,” nothing came of that initial project with Blackwell. Then Macdonald went off to film The Last King of Scotland in Uganda. Even there, Marley’s mystique seemed to follow him, partly, perhaps, because he may have had Marley on his mind—in interviews, Macdonald reportedly noticed images of the reggae titan everywhere—on flags, T-shirts, graffiti. He said he asked himself what it was about Marley that managed to “travel the world?”

Excerpt: As Macdonald’s documentary so vividly showcases, Marley ran “the race.” Few would disagree that he ran it so well, it made him something more than just a modern-day icon. Role model, sure. Master of the music … of being a man … a (hu)man—of course. And the most striking note perhaps in all this, is that Macdonald et al reveal just how conscious Marley became of his mission in life.

Title: Movie Review: MARLEY

source:nydailynews.com

Excerpt: A seemingly small moment in the new Bob Marley documentary reveals something crucial.

The film’s director asks one of the icon’s regular lovers to explain why so many women found him so transfixing, despite his tendency towards disloyalty, self-absorption and male chauvinism.

“Oh,” says the woman with a smile. “You don’t know Bob.”

Excerpt: Though the course of the movie, viewers learns a lot about the star’s generosity, sense of justice and power in Jamaica, but also about his naivete. He was so anxious to be accepted by black listeners, he agrees to play in Ghana without knowing that he’s doing so at the request of a brutal, fascist regime. There’s also much revealed about his unusual treatment for the cancer that took his life, at age 36, back in 1981.

Title: Bob Marley, the Prince of Wails

source:sun sentinel

Excerpt: Beginning with the singer's birth inside a tin-hut village with zero electricity in 1945 to an 18-year-old mother and white absentee father, "Marley" piles on the revelations, training its lens on grainy concert footage and the people who knew him best, including Bunny Wailer, the Wailers' artistic director Neville Garrick, and his wife, Rita.

Excerpt: To Cedella, her father was an unforgiving perfectionist during her childhood, which she spent within five miles of Bob Marley's recording studio at 56 Hope Road. "Like my brother Ziggy said in the film, he wasn't a lovey-dovey daddy," she says. "He told us nothing comes easy. But being the children of a Rastafari, smoking a lot of herb, not every parent wanted their children to hang out with us. He said, "Your only friends are your brothers and sisters.' I was OK with it. He was the greatest artist in the world, who always gave us kids the silent treatment."

Title: Marley – One Love, One Film

source:buzzfocus.com

Excerpt: It is the most comprehensive tell-all about the shy singer-songwriter and musician– a celebration of a man who became a myth. The massive collection of photos, audio recordings and rare video footage will thrill any music enthusiast but more importantly expands the meaning of the music. From the visits to the village of Nine Mile and Trench Town to the first generation of The Wailers that included Peter Tosh and Neville “Bunny” Livingston, Marley not only puts a story behind the music, you get a taste of what it was like to be around Marley and his scene. At one point, you will feel as if you were on tour with them.

Excerpt: There’s an enlightening experience watching the film. I came in wanting to know more about the man behind the music I enjoyed and got that, plus a deeper comprehension of the Rastafari religious movement and Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selasse I, the evolution of ska and reggae as far as what Bob Marley and The Wailers’ contribution, and the power of what he and his music did for Jamaicans and eventually Africans.

Excerpt: To have a real foundation, a true grasp about all of what Marley brought to each song and the brief, but also the full life he lived, is to begin understanding Marley himself. That’s all one could ask in a documentary about Marley’s life, and fortunately you get all of that and so much more. Jah.

Title: Marley: Roots of the Legend

source:magnifier

Excerpt: Marley has the distinction of being the only official Marley family-sanctioned documentary, and was executive produced by Bob's children and wife Rita. The film examines Bob's personal background and music while charting his legacy through extensive interviews with subjects including colleague Bunny Wailer, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and children Cedella, Ziggy and Stephen.

Excerpt: Yet, despite all the accolades, the reticent singer was a mystery to many. In a statement, director Macdornald says, "[I was] just trying to be a detective and uncover the truth about his life and the truth about his character." The film does this masterfully, unraveling Marley's complexities and contradictions, while beautifully putting Bob the Legend in context. Watch it now, and check out the chock-full-of-exclusives soundtrack on Google Play.

Title: MARLEY documentary stirs it up

source:the modesto bee

Excerpt: Bob Marley packed a lot of living into his 36 years. Hit records, international concert success, 11 kids by seven different women, a face stenciled on more T-shirts than Che Guevara - it was as if he knew he didn't have much time so he got an early start and lived at a sprint, despite the laid-back image his music and lifestyle portrayed.
He's been dead for three decades, but one of the founding fathers of reggae music remains an icon whose fame transcended music just as Marley transcended the odd confluence of geography, religion, patois and poverty that created him.

Excerpt: One big omission in this 2:24-hour musical biography is Marley explaining his own creative process. There are many interviews, but reporters of the day were caught up in his hair, his history, his religion and his marijuana use and never nailed down much about where the poetry came from. We hear how he worked out melodies, how he incorporated topicality into his lyrics, but not how he wrote the anthemic "One Love," how he thought of "Stir It Up" or "I Shot the Sheriff."

Excerpt: Still, "Marley" manages to be something close to a definitive history lesson about a man whose music has endured even as the genre has evolved in the decades after his death. And every now and then, the movie comes close to placing us where the music often did - in the realm of the mystical, with a beat everybody could dance to.

Title: A Revealing Look at MARLEY

source:pbs newshour

Excerpt: The documentary, which is the first to receive full cooperation from Marley's family, includes family photos, interviews from his wife, children, siblings and other relatives. Their perspectives offer a window into Marley's personal life and reveal some of the early struggles he faced in life. Ziggy Marley, his eldest son, was an executive producer for the film.

"For me, there were so many things done on Bob," Ziggy Marley said in a recent phone interview, "I felt like where I was in my life at this time...I wanted to do something about him that came from our side. It came from our family prerogative. It is coming from us. We are initiating this, and I felt it was time."

Excerpt: "What was hard for us to grasp now was that he saw himself as being on a spiritual journey and the music was a form of preaching. He was driven not by the usual things people are driven by -- fame and money -- but he was driven by the desire to get a message across," MacDonald said. "At the beginning I was more skeptical about him because he's been so commodified, with his image on t-shirts and posters. But the more I looked into it, the more fascinating and heroic he became. Part of that is realizing he's not a hypocrite. Normally, the more you look into celebrities' lives, the less you admire them. The more I went on with this, the more I admired him."

Excerpt: "He was sort of a missionary prophet," Ziggy Marley said. "The last thing my father told me was: 'On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don't let me down.' A father telling his son that puts some responsibility on my shoulders. He told me that, and I take it very seriously."

Title: Bob Marley: So much things to say...

source:the independent

Excerpt: "The way to understand Bob is as the first Third World superstar," the director says. "He is the only giant, not just of music but of the arts in general, who is recognised around the world, but who comes from the Third World. The fact that he grew up in a one-room hut and slept on a dirt floor is key to who he is and what his appeal is."

Excerpt: Speaking to Macdonald, it becomes apparent that he has a fervent admiration for Marley. His film underlines Marley's relentless work ethic and his determination to become an internationally successful recording star. He didn't hide his ambition to reach the broadest audience possible. He was neither doting father nor faithful husband. However, Macdonald insists that Marley retained his idealism. He gave away much of his fortune and kept his ties with his old friends in Trenchtown. The ganja smoking was more to do with religious beliefs than with hedonistic self-gratification.

Title: MARLEY Review: Stir It Up

source:on the box

Excerpt: Kevin Macdonald’s documentary shines a light on one of music’s greatest icons but thankfully stops short of deification. Marley’s musical genius and philanthropy is certainly acknowledged but so is his serial adultery (which led to him fathering 11 children by seven different women) and his depressingly antiquated attitude towards women – far less progressive than his liberal political stance might imply.

Excerpt: However, despite clocking in at over two hours, Marley is always entertaining and there’s a great deal to enjoy from rare archive footage, disarmingly frank and personal interviews, and whole layers of information that most casual fans of his music wouldn’t even have dreamed were there. Highly recommended.

Title: Kevin Macdonald on the elusive legend of MARLEY

source:stltoday.com

Excerpt: Why has it taken so long for this film to get made? I call it a poisoned chalice. People have been trying to make movies about Bob Marley for years, both fictions films and documentaries. At least a dozen fiction films have come and gone, and some of them are still trying to get made. It's a very complex, litigious world, the world of Marley. A lot of different people own various rights, and you need to get everybody on your side. But in the end I was able to use the footage and songs I wanted on a reasonable budget.

Excerpt: Did any of those people try to shape the movie in an unrealistically favorable way? Everyone involved was mature enough to know that complexity and reality are more interesting than a one-sided airbrushed version of a celebrity's life. We wanted to go behind the legend and find the flesh-and-blood man. That's how I pitched the idea to Bob's family.

Excerpt: With “Marley,” I wanted to make it in the simplest possible way and make myself invisible. I think it's the most classical film I've ever made. The pleasure was being a detective and discovering this character through the thickets of obfuscation and legality.

Title: No Artist Can Compare to My Father

source:bet

Excerpt: Marley is an excellent documentary but it's also extremely emotional, especially towards the end. As his daughter, was it hard to relive those moments of your father's life?
It’s hard to have been there, it’s hard to watch. I must say, Kevin McDonald really did a good job of getting that out of me. I really didn’t want to go there on an emotional level. To be honest, I haven’t watch that one clip where we talk about the hospital visit. My brothers have told me, “Don’t watch it,” so I haven’t watched it. But it’s hard to see people coming out of it and looking at you saying, “You made me cry!” That was the first time in many years I talked about that.

Excerpt: There is all this talk of a Bob Marley biopic. Is there anyone you could see playing your father?
No. [Laughs] I don’t want to see anybody do that. As a matter of fact, that story is still manifesting itself. His spiritual presence is so strong that sometimes when we see things happen in our lives we say, “That must’ve been daddy doing that.” None of my brothers are really good actors, except for Ky-Mani, he is a good actor. But, no…

Title: Cedella Marley: On MARLEY

source:kdhx blog

Excerpt: Cedella Marley: It takes you on a journey. You start off laughing, and you enjoy the cast of characters [Cedella chuckles] as they appear. For me personally, I came away with a better understanding of the last couple of months of Dad’s journey. I think with Kevin what was great is that he found people that we’ve never heard from.

Excerpt: One of the points that we bring out in the documentary – and I’m not gonna say too much because you haven’t seen it – is when we’re having a race with Daddy, Daddy is not just gonna mek us win because we’re his children. He’s gonna want us to run as fast as we can to catch him. He’s not gonna slow down just to mek us win because we’re his children. He’s gonna want us to try to beat him, you know?

Title: A Q&A with Kevin Macdonald

source:grantland

Excerpt: I was sucked in by the melodies, but there was also this dangerous, radical, edgy feel to the music. When you're a teenager, this is what pulls you in. You're thinking, Wow. This is rebel music. This is dangerous. And then it has this mystical side to it as well — all this stuff about "Jah" and "Rastafari." You start asking yourself, What the hell is all this stuff? The music has this mystique about it because you don't fully understand it. You sense what it's about but you don't really know.

Excerpt: I heard this funny story about his relationship with weed that didn't make it into the film. His doctor told me that late in Bob's life, when he was being operated on, they gave him the anesthetic and Bob didn't go to sleep. The doctor realized that since Bob had smoked so much ganja, he'd built up a resistance to the effects of certain drugs. The anesthetic did nothing. They had to give him 10 times the usual dose to knock him out.

Title: Bob Marley and his Legend

source:the republic

Excerpt: “I wanted to rescue Bob from that fate. If you become ubiquitous, you become invisible all over again, like at the beginning of your career. I wanted to understand Bob, understand his music, hear his music afresh.”

Excerpt: “Bob really is the only Third World superstar,” Macdonald says. “Elvis grew up in poverty, but he grew up in the richest country in the world, at its richest time. The Beatles grew up working-class poor, but they had working TV sets in their homes. Bob Marley slept on a dirt floor, quit school at 12 and lived in REAL poverty — rural Jamaica.”

Excerpt: “I didn’t want to talk to talk to the people you expect to see in a Bob Marley documentary — Bono, (Eric) Clapton, Mick Jagger, all those people who might go ‘Oh, he was so wonderful.’”

The filmmaker was going for something “more rounded,” filling his film with blunt assessments of Marley’s personal shortcomings and uncomfortable chats with a record company exec who signed him at a bargain-basement price, causing Peter Tosh and Bunny to bail out of The Wailers.

Title: Kevin Macdonald Discusses MARLEY

source:wal street journal

Excerpt: I think the key for me to understanding him is that he’s really the only third-world superstar. Nobody from the developing world has ever gone on to have that level of fame and international success. The whole reason why dreadlocks are in fashion, that’s because of Bob. No country is as associated with a single individual as Jamaica is with Bob. Go anywhere around the world, especially in the developing world, and you find people who worship him. His mural is all over the place. Even in the Arab Spring, in the closing credits [of “Marley”] we have a clip of people singing “Get Up, Stand Up.” Then you have the whole musical thing—there’s nobody who doesn’t like Bob Marley’s music.

Excerpt: The first photograph of him was when he was 16. That’s what was so amazing, he comes out of a world where there’s no record kept. Even when he was successful in Jamaica, he wasn’t making enough money to survive. That’s why he went off to Delaware and worked in a car factory and thought about quitting music.

Excerpt: I don’t think he was such a great talker. His friends all say he was interesting to talk to, but it had to be one-on-one, late at night after they smoked pot. Otherwise, he was a man of few words.

Title: Moved by a Screening of Marley

source:vice

Excerpt: After the credits ended and light filled the theater (stay for the credits, it's a touching montage of people around the world enjoying Marley's music) I felt a glowing calm, as if I had just meditated. As I walked to the subway I realized I was experiencing an element of Marley that the film shed light on, Marley's role as a spiritual leader, his message preserved through his music.

Excerpt: One of the best moments in the film is when the filmmakers play "Corner Stone" for Bob’s close white cousin Peter, and Bob’s white half sister Constance. The story goes Bob wrote “Corner Stone” after a disappointing attempt to approach his white kin, who owned a building company in Jamaica. "The stone that the builder refuse will always be the head cornerstone." As Constance points out with great insight, Bob couldn't have predicted it better. Through his music (not to mention his many offspring) Bob is now, and likely always will be, the most important Marley in the world.

Excerpt: Anyone who has been touched by a Bob Marley song (which is everyone, admit it, you dark angsty hipsters) should go see this film.

Title: Piecing together the film MARLEY

source:the guardian

Excerpt: Director Kevin Macdonald explains how he pieced together his new film about reggae legend Bob Marley, from troubled early years in Jamaica to worldwide adulation - even after death

Excerpt: There were frustrations for Macdonald, not least the almost complete absence of footage or photography from the formative years of Bob Marley and the Wailers. But, with persistence and the rich memories of the period from Livingstone, Marley's widow Rita and others, he pieced the biopic together.

Excerpt: "I was doing some press with Ziggy Marley the other day," Macdonald says, "and he said of his father, 'I think Bob always regretted that he wasn't black.'

"I wouldn't put it in those bald terms, but I think that was a key to his psychology and to the music. He was always the outsider, and he found a way in his life and music to redeem that fact."

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