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By Rita Marley with Hettie Jones
Pan Books, 2004
Reviewed by Cardinal Cox


Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
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More Bob Marley Books available from Before the Legend; 56 Thoughts from 56 Hope Road; Catch a Fire.

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The inside story of one of Caribbean music's most important performers. Rita tells a tale of growing up in Trench Town, Jamaica, a poor area but living with a good woman who instilled in her a sense of right and wrong. She meets Bob Marley, slowly falls for him and marries him before his rise to fame. These are not easy times as she knows poverty, prejudice and her husband's affairs with other women. She stands by him (on tour as a member of the I-Threes she witnesses his flings), until he dies of cancer at 35.

This then is no hagiography, but a portrait of a human with faults and failings like any other.

Bob's legacy is manifold, musically he brought Reggae to the masses in Europe and America. Spiritually he was a missionary for the Rastafari faith. Personally, his children continue to make music, and Rita has created foundations to help both her fellow Jamaicans and Africans. An important book that tells an important story.


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