bob marley

bob marley

Bob Marley understood the true meaning of being ‘rich’

Original Tweet:

money.. how much is a lot of money

what do you mean rich… possessions make you rich?.. i don’t have that type of riches.. my riches is life forever


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Robert Nesta Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim, blending mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady in his compositions. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.


While Marley was flying home from Germany to Jamaica, his vital functions worsened. After landing in Miami, Florida, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital), aged 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death.

His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”

making up money


On 21 May 1981, Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy to Marley, declaring:

His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation.


Marley had many children: three with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita’s previous relationships, and several others with different women. The Bob Marley official website acknowledges eleven children.


Marley considered cannabis a healing herb, a “sacrament”, and an “aid to medication”; he supported the legalisation of the drug. He thought that marijuana use was prevalent in the Bible, reading passages such as Psalms 104:14 as showing approval of its usage. Marley began to use cannabis when he converted to the Rastafari faith from Catholicism in 1966. He was arrested in 1968 after being caught with cannabis, but continued to use marijuana in accordance with his religious beliefs. Of his marijuana usage, he said, “When you smoke herb, herb reveal yourself to you. All the wickedness you do, the herb reveal itself to yourself, your conscience, show up yourself clear, because herb make you meditate. Is only a natural t’ing and it grow like a tree.” Marley saw marijuana usage as a vital factor in religious growth and connection with Jah, and as a way to philosophise and become wiser.


shot at in 76

In December 1976, Marley was involved in a tragic incident in which he, his wife Rita, manager Don Taylor, and a friend, were shot at his Hope Road home. . two days before the ‘Smile Jamaica’ concert organised by Prime Minister Michael Manley.. Ironically, ‘Smile Jamaica’ was promoted to ease tension between supporters of the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

then at concert (had to get diff band.. his afraid for their lives)..

in 1978, Marley returned to Kingston and performed at the One Love Peace Concert, again in an effort to calm warring political factions. Near the end of his performance, he called Manley and his arch-rival, JLP leader Edward Seaga, on stage for a symbolic clasping of hands.

and while dancing lightning strikes



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You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it.
You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining.
You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows.
So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.

when asked if he was rasta.. ‘love is my religion’




the music instinct (d0c)



ziggy and rasta


redemption song []

emancipate yourselves from mental slavery..none but ourselves can free our minds


doc – who shot the sheriff – 2018 – 57 min

33 – bob said (in the 70s): every govt is illegal

38 min – cia watching bob.. ‘rasta don’t work for cia’ ‘if a poet rise up.. they are afraid of him’

39 min – we do not support capitalism or marxism.. we are rasta.. independent

40 min – later 1970s are when hope gave way to despair.. a level of brutality to the political violence no one had seen before (jamaica)

42 min – leading actors/gangsters from each party put in jail together.. in that year.. realized they were both pawns.. came out.. and planned one love concert..

44 min – jaimaca coming together (some hadn’t spoken in years) – to bring bob

46 min – bolt of lightening at the concert – just when asking two leaders to come on stage to show unification.. the night he went from showman to shaman

48 min – ‘he tried to bring peace.. but there wouldn’t be no peace’

51 min – bob didn’t know at time.. but guns were brought in in his sound equip from us.. and distributed after the concert.. for some people peace doesn’t pay

52 min – peace was way too dangerous for the politicians.. laurie gunst

redemption song.. how long .. talking about the entire history of jamaica


50 min doc – roots of the man []

11 min – he put out his message in song.. that everyone should come together as one.. live as one.. live in peace/harmony

18 min – one love concert – had 2 opposing leaders shake hands

20 min – on assassination attempt – politicians wanted him to take their side.. but he took no sides because he was on god’s side

23 min – bob: we don’t want the island to change.. we want the world to change

25 min – despite his success.. he appears to live the life he preaches

30 min – bob wasn’t of the mind that he would ever become a part of a party.. but.. was most articulate troubadour of the ghettos.. the range of his influence grew.. but he remained absolutely uncompromising

31 min – what made him a genius was his ability to regurgitate parables.. to sing a song that many people in diff walks of life could identify with.. ‘yeah.. i know what he’s talking about’

the songs he sang were logic and common sense.. he’d write new songs that made you wish you’d written it

33 min – money didn’t change marley.. (though) it changed the people around him

34 min – he was a person before the name.. genuine

cancer.. (refused all western med treatment.. to him body was a temple.. only thing available to him – alt med.. diet et al.. but basically it was too late) .. for 8 months.. died may 1981 – final words to ziggy – ‘money can’t buy life’.. in end.. he believed this treatment helped him prep for this end

37 min – 3rd world’s first superstar – marley brought up in kingston’s toughest slums.. a rebel.. so not surprised at ruffling at funeral

king of rasta.. music of his native jamaica.. 76 moved out of jamaica after assassination attempt.. returned in 78 for peace concert

41 min – selassie pic one of two at his funeral (selassie thought to be like jesus).. funeral half concert.. 2 youth sons danced on stage

43 min – 94 – hall of fame.. his music id’d oppressors and advocated for social change while simultaneously encouraged listeners to forget their trouble and dance..

99 – 77 album – exodus – album of century – and song – one love – song of the millennium..

45 min – marley and lennon looking down thinking if it was worth it.. oh yeah.. definitely.. influenced millions.. and rare .. before them..influence in love/peace.. we weren’t born thru war.. but thru love.. we see war thru politics/religion

(music about) freedom and justice for all people – ziggy