Bob Marley: His Music, His Words, His Legacy

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The 70's - musically, culturally, and politically - was a transitional phase, and a emotional link between two very infamous periods. This decade was also the recess from reality, in which people used music to escape from the real world leaving behind all their worries. People were consumed by appetites, addicted to their guilty pleasures, and soon there would be a price to pay. During the late 60's and early 70‘s, reggae music was created by combining the characteristics of the North American rock and African Jamaican music. This new style had a lot of influence from rhythm, the blues, and some jazz. Though the textbook "America's Musical Landscape" the author Jean Ferris states that, "the polyrhythms are more complex, the bass lines are stronger, and the tempos more relaxed" (Ferris p. 207). Reggae music gives a very soulful and religious feel to its listeners because of the close relation it has to the religious movement known as Rastafarianism, and because so much of this genre has religious connotations explaining the singers beliefs and views on situations from a Rastafarian perspective. The Rastafarian religion, the heart of reggae music, based itself in belief of "Jah" which was a metaphor for a god of goodness and love. Jah was the force fighting against the oppression from "Babylon" which meant the destructive force. Metaphors of oppression and freedom, explain the social problems and ways of liberation. Many of Bob Marley's lyrics delivered this kind of message and as a result his music was accepted by many people that shared or at least agreed with his point of view. It is said that when Marley spoke of things that were accepted by h... ... middle of paper ... ...f "Time Magazine's Album of the Century." Almost every one of his songs is a classic, from the message of love to the anthem of revolution. But even more than that, his music is a political and cultural combination, that was inspired by a third world country, and now reaches people around the whole world. Ferris, Jean. America's Musical Landscape, Third Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. White, Timothy. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley. New York: Henry Holt, 2000. Gilmore, Mikal "The Life and Times of Bob Marley" Rolling Stone Magazine. March 10, 2005. White, Timothy. "The Origin of Reggae" September,1996 URL: http://www.bobmarley.com/life/musicalinfluences/reggae/index.html Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers. DVD Producer Jeff Fura. 3rd Sector Entertainment Inc. & Island Def Jam Music Group, 2003.

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