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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (29 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566972
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For a music nerd it's a must get.' --Ain't It Cool News

'Iconic photographs of the artists who would go on to define the genre and captivate a generation.' --High Times

'It's excellent... It really is a beautiful book... I think it's very special.' --David Rodigan, Kiss FM

'A fantastic collection of rare Bob Marley images.' --Crave Online

'The photography is excellent throughout, with a combination of live, staged and candid shots beautifully taken by Kim Gottlieb-Walker.' --All Gigs

'Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae is a lavish document of an amazing musical moment.' --Blog Critics

'Kim Gottlieb-Walker's collection of striking photography, together with each of the commentaries, provides a fabulous documentary to a pivotal period in the life of Bob Marley and Reggae in general.' --Contact Music

'A great coffee-table experience for fans of roots reggae and Marley in particular.'

About the Author

Kim Gottlieb-Walker's photos have appeared in numerous magazines including Music World, Feature, Rolling Stone, Newsweek and People. She worked for Island Records, covering reggae performers all over Jamaica and shot the Iconic High Times cover of Bob Marley. She has worked for over 40 years as a movie still photographer, including on Halloween, The Fog, and Escape from New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stax on 8 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully put together, this book offers a unique glimpse into the reggae scene at the height of its creative output. As well as Marley being well represented, the book depicts the various characters and artists who helped form the nebulous sound that later became 'classic' roots reggae.

The surprising thing for me was the quality of the writing, which is every bit as good as the (really very good) photography. Comprising several short essays by people who witnessed the development and spread of reggae across the world, their insights are touching and intimate, and impart a real feel for the island and the people involved.

Good book for anyone interested in music, and essential for any reggae fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Hugo on 22 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Marley and rock photography alike will want to add this lavish hardback to their Christmas lists this year. Including many rare and unpublished photos of Marley performing and relaxing at the height of his fame, the book also collects Gottlieb's intimate portraits of other reggae acts of the era, such as Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear and Peter Tosh.

Many of the best pictures are candid, off-guard shots, but even the posed shots show Marley and his contemporaries at ease with their photographer. Unlike much rock photography that seeks to elevate its subjects, these are photos of real people who just happen to be the defining talents of their generation. Looking through them is like popping round for a friendly cuppa and a cheeky spliff.

Most of the pictures were shot in black and white, which gives them a timeless quality, but also emphasises the vibrancy of the colour shots. Gottlieb's camera truly captures the intensity of the era in colour, and her selective use of it only heightens its impact.

With such rich source material, many picture books would be satisfied to skimp on text, but this volume adds testimony from the people who were there. Marley expert Roger Steffens contributes an illuminating essay on Gottlieb and `the golden age of reggae' that gives the book its subtitle, while Cameron Crowe's foreword is touching and nostalgic. Gottlieb's husband, the journalist Jeff Walker, provides the bulk of the text, capturing in words the times and places that his partner saw through her camera.

With such a treasure trove of personalities and images to explore, the occasional typesetting snafu can be overlooked (well, except for the unforgivable misspelling of Charles Shaar Murray). This is a gorgeous book that will hopefully lead to more of its kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PussyGoLightly on 19 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kim has created a stunning collection of photos of reggae legends, with off-guard photos offering a real insight into their lives away from the public eye.

Absolutely brilliant.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
enchanting 7 Nov. 2010
By klc - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I cannot claim to be the world's biggest Bob Marley fan, but the cover photo caught my eye in the bookstore so I had to have a look. These photos are enchanting. You are let into another side of Marley and of the culture of Reggae that is simply not seen or understood without the depth that Gottlieb-Walker is able to achieve within Marley's closest circle of friends. Kim Gottlieb-Walker's photographs offer an incredible and once in a lifetime glimpse into the lovable man of mystery that was the late Bob Marley. These images are filled with a haunting candidness that goes beyond the performances and into the simplicity and happiness of the everyday. This book is a fantastic and beautiful homage to Marley showing us the reality of the man behind the music.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The real story through the eyes of a truthful young artist 6 Nov. 2010
By Robert Primes, ASC - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Kim was clearly there as a trusted member of the family. There is no pretentiousness to her photography, just the clear direct insights of a brilliant photographer who completely understood and loved the world she experienced and captured. Perhaps it is the trust so evident in each photograph. Marley and his friends were so at ease with Kim that there was never a question of creating a false image or untrue reality. Kim's honesty, simplicity and humanity allow us to feel like we're right there sharing the joy of making music and hanging out with the gang.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Capturing an Era Few Can Really Understand 11 Nov. 2010
By Pauline B. Rogers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Kim Gottlieb-Walker clearly 'got' what the '70s rock era was - the work and the play - with her pictures. And, as one who was on the road with rock groups at that period - I can tell you it's not a world that is easily understood. It's insular yet family friendly. She got that. It's pensive, emotional and explosive, sometimes at the same time. She got that. What it's really all about is the music and the musicians. She got that. And more. What makes this book a true document of an era of music that few could (perhaps before seeing this book) understand is Kim did what not all photographers can do - stayed outside the world herself but guided her lens to find the moments that tell the whole story. You might know and enjoy the Bob Marley sound before you 'read' this book - but, once you 'read' "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae", you'll understand the heart and soul he put into an era of music that is still alive today.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Like a family album 6 Nov. 2010
By Brian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I Love this book. Ms. Gottlieb Walker's photographs of Bob Marley and all the great reggae artists of the time never seem posed or forced. And the commentary that is chronicled by Cameron Crowe, Jeff Walker and Roger Steffins is so right on (they were actually there) that it makes the read even more powerful. Some of the images of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and all the others surrounding them are so personal and "in the moment" that it seems like you're not reading a book about a musical icon but rather looking through the family album of a regular man. I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great pictorfial history of Bob Marley & Raggae 6 Nov. 2010
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The wonderful, candid and posed photographs capture the magical spirit of a glorious time in music and culture. Bob Marley was, in my mind, a wonderful combinagtion of Bob Dylan, Mick Jaggerand the Last Poets. He was a great songwriter and musician and Ms. Gotlieb's sensitive eye lets us into his world.
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