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Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Bob Marley Story (1984)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music
A biographical documentary of Bob Marley and the Wailers and the times in which they lived.

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Award-winning biography of the man who with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer brought reggae out of Jamaica and gave it to the world. Interviews with Bob, his mom Cedella and wife Rita, Peter and Bunny, their friends and co-workers. Many performances including some rare footage of the Old Grey Whistle Tests. Written by Molly Malloy <parakeet@netbird.com>

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Bunny Wailer: "That is like when the Children of Israel gathered around the Ark of the Covenant. Doesn't happen every day. When it happens, it's something to write about."
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2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE BOB MARLEY STORY is a concise document on the life of the "King of Reggae". Chronicling not only Marley's story, but the emergence of the early Rastafarian movement, this little package is pretty valuable to admirers of the form and students of Pan African history. Narrated by Race Today Collective Leader Darcus Howe, the work features footage from the coronation of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and his visit to Jamaica in 1966, interesting glances at the perspectives of the Rastafarian culture, and interviews with Marley's mother Cedella Booker, Rita Marley, the late Peter Tosh and Joe Higgs, the Wailer's former voice coach. There's also about twenty seconds of footage of a very young Jimmy Cliff performing his song "One-Eyed Jacks" at a dance hall. Finally, there's Marley himself, a man born to be on camera and on stage, as well as some interesting old video of the original Wailers in studio sessions for Catch a Fire in the mid-1970s. This documentary has been eclipsed by the more widely known TIME WILL TELL, but it's a better and more informative film. And what can I say? It's Marley. If you're not entertained, you ain't right.


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