History Music / BobMarley

1st Oct '15 6:45:06 PM igordebraga
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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized reggae as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.
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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized reggae {{reggae}} as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.
30th Jul '15 12:50:32 AM unwell619
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** According to his mother his last words were "Jesus, take me".
30th Jul '15 12:35:19 AM unwell619
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* RealMenLoveJesus: Was raised Catholic, then became a committed Rastafari and near the end of his life converted to Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.
14th Apr '15 5:29:30 AM Tonestronaut
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* ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]] (1978)
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* ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]] Kaya]]'' (1978)
13th Apr '15 10:32:10 AM Patachou
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* SmokingIsCool and SmokingIsNotCool: There are quite a number of photos that depict him smoking a joint. Bob also referenced smokin' herb and spliffs often in his music, including ''Jump Nyabinghi'', ''Easy Skankin'',... but despite all that he was actually quite critical of people just being stoned and doing nothing to change the system. He even referenced it in songs like ''Burnin' And Lootin' from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' ("I must say: all them- all them drugs gonna make you slow/ It's not the music of the ghetto.") and "Pimper's Paradise" from ''Music/{{Uprising}}'', which is about a female drug addict.
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* SmokingIsCool and SmokingIsNotCool: There are quite a number of photos that depict him smoking a joint. Bob also referenced smokin' herb and spliffs often in his music, including ''Jump Nyabinghi'', ''Easy Skankin'',... but despite all that he was actually quite critical of people just being stoned and doing nothing to change the system. He even referenced it in songs like ''Burnin' "Burnin' And Lootin' Lootin'" from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' ("I must say: all them- all them drugs gonna make you slow/ It's not the music of the ghetto.") and "Pimper's Paradise" from ''Music/{{Uprising}}'', which is about a female drug addict.
13th Apr '15 8:01:24 AM Patachou
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* ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]] (1978)

** "Small Axe" has a direct one by Upsetter records, against Studio One, Federal and Treasure Isle, known as 'the big three'. In Jamaican patois the word 'three' is pronounced like 'tree', so the song is really saying 'Upsetter records is going to cut down all the other record companies by being better'. Music/LeeScratchPerry, owner of Upsetter wrote the lyrics to this song, and was often known for filling his songs with biblical imagery and hidden meanings. *** "Running Away" is a take that at people who accused Bob of "Running Away" from Jamaica after his attempted assassination. There are hints at his belief that the government were out to get him and that's why he wasn't going back. This is often forgotten with the laidback mood of the song, in which lines like "You must have done something you don't want nobody to know about" could be interpreted as some kind of kinky fetish lyric.
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** "Small Axe" from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' has a direct one by Upsetter records, against Studio One, Federal and Treasure Isle, known as 'the big three'. In Jamaican patois the word 'three' is pronounced like 'tree', so the song is really saying 'Upsetter records is going to cut down all the other record companies by being better'. Music/LeeScratchPerry, owner of Upsetter wrote the lyrics to this song, and was often known for filling his songs with biblical imagery and hidden meanings. *** "Running Away" from ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]]'' is a take that at people who accused Bob of "Running Away" from Jamaica after his attempted assassination. There are hints at his belief that the government were out to get him and that's why he wasn't going back. This is often forgotten with the laidback mood of the song, in which lines like "You must have done something you don't want nobody to know about" could be interpreted as some kind of kinky fetish lyric.
9th Apr '15 1:23:15 PM KnownUnknown
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** Curtis Mayfield was a big fan of Music/CurtisMayfield, and several of his songs feature Shout Outs and verses homaging his work. Likewise, two of Marley's more popular songs - "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Keep On Moving" - are covers of Mayfield tunes (though "One Love" only partially - through "People Get Ready").
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** Curtis Mayfield Marley was a big fan of Music/CurtisMayfield, and several of his songs feature Shout Outs and verses homaging his work. Likewise, two of Marley's more popular songs - "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Keep On Moving" - are covers of Mayfield tunes (though "One Love" only partially - through "People Get Ready").
9th Apr '15 1:22:56 PM KnownUnknown
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** Curtis Mayfield was a big fan of Music/CurtisMayfield, and several of his songs feature Shout Outs and verses homaging his work. Likewise, two of Marley's more popular songs - "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Keep On Moving" - are covers of Mayfield tunes (though "One Love" only partially - through "People Get Ready").
2nd Apr '15 8:14:13 AM Patachou
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* ''Music/{{Confrontation}}'' (1983)
6th Feb '15 10:26:19 AM Patachou
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* ''Music/{{Uprising}}'' (1980)

* EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: ''Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)'' * FakeOutFadeOut: ''Satisfy My Soul''. * FugitiveArc: ''I Shot The Sheriff'', ''Running Away'', ''Exodus'', ''Run For Cover'', ''Keep On Movin''' * GenreSavvy: Bob knew that the stereotype of reggae music was happy, sunshine holiday music, and so recorded more poppy singles that sat alongside his more serious political work (a pre-Island example being "Sugar Sugar" and two Island examples being "Shine Jamaica" and "Three Little Birds"). He even had the album ''Kaya'' mixed in that style, in the knowledge it would draw in fans for its highly political successor, ''Survival''. * GodIsLoveSongs: Most of them reference God (''Jah'') in one way or another. Some of the more specific ones are ''Hallelujah Time'', ''So Jah Say'', ''Redemption Song'', ''Want More'', ''Zion Train'', ''Forever Loving Jah'', ''Give Thanks & Praises'',...
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* EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: ''Them "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)'' Hungry)" --> ''A hungry mob is an angry mob'' * FakeOutFadeOut: ''Satisfy "Satisfy My Soul''.Soul". * FugitiveArc: ''I "I Shot The Sheriff'', ''Running Away'', ''Exodus'', ''Run Sheriff", "Running Away", "Exodus", "Run For Cover'', ''Keep Cover", "Keep On Movin''' Movin'" * GenreSavvy: Bob knew that the stereotype of reggae music {{Reggae}} was happy, sunshine holiday music, and so recorded more poppy singles that sat alongside his more serious political work (a pre-Island example being "Sugar Sugar" and two Island examples being "Shine Jamaica" and "Three Little Birds"). He even had the album ''Kaya'' mixed in that style, in the knowledge it would draw in fans for its highly political successor, ''Survival''. * GodIsLoveSongs: Most of them reference God (''Jah'') in one way or another. Some of the more specific ones are ''Hallelujah Time'', ''So "Hallelujah Time", "So Jah Say'', ''Redemption Song'', ''Want More'', ''Zion Train'', ''Forever Say", "Redemption Song", "Want More", "Zion Train", "Forever Loving Jah'', ''Give Jah", "Give Thanks & Praises'',...Praises",...

* MadeASlave: Imagery invoked in ''Concrete Jungle'', ''Slave Driver'', ''Buffalo Soldier'', ''Redemption Song'' and even into the sleeve notes of the album ''Survival''. * MayDecemberRomance: Between his mother and father. She was 18, he was 50. * MusicIsPolitics: Marley was a protest singer first and foremost. The majority of his songs are about politics. * PepTalkSong: ''No Woman No Cry'', ''Wake Up And Live'', ''Lively Up Yourself'', ''Get Up, Stand Up'', ''Coming In From The Cold'', ''Exodus'', ''Iron Lion Zion'', ''Africa Unite''.
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* MadeASlave: Imagery invoked in ''Concrete Jungle'', ''Slave Driver'', ''Buffalo Soldier'', ''Redemption Song'' and even into the sleeve notes of the album ''Survival''. ''Music/{{Survival}}''. * MayDecemberRomance: Between his mother and father. She was 18, he was 50. * MusicIsPolitics: Marley was a protest singer first and foremost. The majority of his songs are about politics.50. * PepTalkSong: ''No "No Woman No Cry'', ''Wake Cry", "Wake Up And Live'', ''Lively Live", "Lively Up Yourself'', ''Get Yourself", "Get Up, Stand Up'', ''Coming Up", "Coming In From The Cold'', ''Exodus'', ''Iron Cold", "Exodus", "Iron Lion Zion'', ''Africa Unite''. Zion", "Africa Unite", "Work", "Redemption Song",...

* ThePowerOfRock: ''One good thing about music/ when it hits you feel no pain'' - ''Trenchtown Rock''.
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* ThePowerOfRock: "Trenchtown Rock" --> ''One good thing about music/ when it hits you feel no pain'' - ''Trenchtown Rock''. pain''

* RealLifeWritesThePlot: ''Ambush In The Night'', inspired by the murder attempt on his life.
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: ''Ambush "Ambush In The Night'', Night", inspired by the murder attempt on his life.

* SmokingIsCool and SmokingIsNotCool: There are quite a number of photos that depict him smoking a joint. Bob also referenced smokin' herb and spliffs often in his music, including ''Jump Nyabinghi'', ''Easy Skankin'',... but despite all that he was actually quite critical of people just being stoned and doing nothing to change the system. He even referenced it in songs like ''Burnin' And Lootin' (''I must say: all them- all them drugs gonna make you slow/ It's not the music of the ghetto.'') and ''Pimper's Paradise''.
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* SmokingIsCool and SmokingIsNotCool: There are quite a number of photos that depict him smoking a joint. Bob also referenced smokin' herb and spliffs often in his music, including ''Jump Nyabinghi'', ''Easy Skankin'',... but despite all that he was actually quite critical of people just being stoned and doing nothing to change the system. He even referenced it in songs like ''Burnin' And Lootin' (''I from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' ("I must say: all them- all them drugs gonna make you slow/ It's not the music of the ghetto.'') ") and ''Pimper's Paradise''."Pimper's Paradise" from ''Music/{{Uprising}}'', which is about a female drug addict.

** "Small Axe" has a direct one by Upsetter records, against Studio One, Federal and Treasure Isle, known as 'the big three'. In Jamaican patois the word 'three' is pronounced like 'tree', so the song is really saying 'Upsetter records is going to cut down all the other record companies by being better'. Lee 'Scratch' Perry, owner of Upsetter wrote the lyrics to this song, and was often known for filling his songs with biblical imagery and hidden meanings.
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** "Small Axe" has a direct one by Upsetter records, against Studio One, Federal and Treasure Isle, known as 'the big three'. In Jamaican patois the word 'three' is pronounced like 'tree', so the song is really saying 'Upsetter records is going to cut down all the other record companies by being better'. Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Music/LeeScratchPerry, owner of Upsetter wrote the lyrics to this song, and was often known for filling his songs with biblical imagery and hidden meanings.

*** ''Crazy Baldheads'' and ''Stiff Necked Fools'' are other examples. * TitleOnlyChorus: "No Woman No Cry" and '"Redemption Song." * TrainSong: ''Stop That Train'' and ''Zion Train''.
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*** ''Crazy Baldheads'' "Crazy Baldheads" and ''Stiff "Stiff Necked Fools'' Fools" are other examples. * TitleOnlyChorus: "No Woman No Cry" and '"Redemption "Redemption Song." * TrainSong: ''Stop "Stop That Train'' Train" and ''Zion Train''."Zion Train".
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