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on 28 October 2000
This is an extensively thorough bio of Bob, interwoven with Jamaican history, reggae musicology and religion. The writing is lovely and absorbing stylistically. The political aspects of the life are also looked at carefully and complemented with materials like declassified CIA documents. Most impressive.
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on 26 January 2001
It's amazing how this book manages to chart every word said 50 years ago. The research is brilliant and once you get into it, it grips you. A must have for all Bob Marley Fans!
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on 4 November 2000
If you appreciate the great Bob Marley, the signal weight of this book is shown in two aspects. After finishing the main text, other rewards were found in the rather immense record directory or timetable in the back end, which is fairly much a library of all of the man's music recording activities. The "appendix" facet also in the end pages is a quite involved accessory of more side lights, interviews, and the like. Others tell me they've returned to this biography more than once over time and its apparent why one could, as it's a bit of a world of its own, information-wise, because it has so much about the man and his life works. Rather good value here, as it's up to date as of 2000.
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on 21 December 2004
This book is an absolute must read if you want to know more about Robert 'Nesta' Marley.
A pre-warning however, do not be put off by the first couple of chapters about Ras Tafari, they are heavy going and may require a re-read but once on the life of Marley the book flows beautifully and is one that I found very hard to put down!
Enjoy!!
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on 27 October 2011
"Catch A Fire" is the best biography I've ever read about any rock star. It is extremely informative not only about Bob Marley himself but particularly about the factors in his environment which influenced and shaped the man he was to become. It is magnificently researched and highly educational about the culture, politics and history of Jamaica and all of these aspects are essential for understanding Marley's life in its true perspective.
It's by far the most important book for anybody who wants to learn about the life, work and philosophy of a truly remarkable and hugely influential twentieth-century figure.
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on 13 March 2009
Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley
A brilliant read. Gives you a deep insight into everything from the religion, to the music and politics of Jamaica. It could delve a bit deeper into the life of Bob Marley; like the relationship with Scratch and why it fell apart. I think it tries to hard to set him up as a Legend...which it doesn't really need to as his music did that. But those are moot points, it is a great read giving you a general understanding of all the subject that affected the great man's life.
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on 23 June 2009
Mr White obviously had a lot of love in his heart for both Bob Marley and Jamaica, making this book a must read for Marley fans, or anyone interested in the roots of Reggae music. The only shame here is that as the author is no longer with us, so I am unable to write to congratulate him on a work so thoroughly researched and meticulously updated.
Five stars all across the board for style, content and the sheer labour of love this work so obviously is.
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on 26 October 2008
Excellent book that should be read by everyone who listens to the music of this truly legendary artist. Gives you a great background to it and whilst a bit hard to follow due to all the characters in the book it covers a lot of the events that shaped the life of Bob Marley.
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on 18 April 2012
I am really enjoying this book although l have never been to that part of the world as yet it is so well written that l can imagine myself there.
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on 27 June 2010
Well-researched and well-written book, longer than I had anticipated but contains good quotes and documentation about Bob Marley's life.
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