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Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley | [Timothy White]

Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

This is the classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon. Catch a Fire, now a classic rock biography, delves into the life of this man, the leader of a musical and spiritual revolution that continues today. The book chronicles Marley’s life and career, as well as the milieu that shaped his spiritual and political beliefs.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon.

Catch a Fire, now a classic rock biography, delves into the life of this man, the leader of a musical and spiritual revolution that continues today. The book chronicles Marley’s life and career, as well as the milieu that shaped his spiritual and political beliefs. Under the supervision of the author’s widow and with the collaboration of a Marley expert, this fourth edition contains a wealth of new material, including many revisions made by the author before his untimely death.

This new edition, factually updated throughout, chronicles Marley’s legacy in recent years, as well as the ongoing controversy over the possibility that Marley’s remains might be exhumed from Nine Mile, Jamaica, and reburied in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where hundreds of Rastafarians live. Fascinating inside information about the intrigues of the reggae music business, the dramatic rise of Marley’s musical offspring, the complex legal struggles surrounding the Marley estate, and a sweeping social history of modern Jamaica, as well as the Rastafarian religion, also make up this expanded edition.

© Timothy White. “Notes on the New Edition” by Judy Garlan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A gripping biography. I enjoyed it immensely.” (James A. Michener, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

“Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“White has a deep appreciation for reggae’s immediacy, hypnotic power, and contradictions…An exhaustively researched labor of love.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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    Ray 04-21-14
    Ray 04-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Catch a Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle.


    Would you recommend Catch a Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    No,because the narrator's voice sounds fake & the story seems to be missing something I can't quite put my finger on.There was a lot more controversy surrounding his music than what was mentioned in this audio book.


    What three words best describe Peter Macon’s performance?

    Puffed-up,weird,unrealistic sounding voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Bob's mother visited his father's house after he had left them.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Northern California 03-31-15
    Amazon Customer Northern California 03-31-15 Member Since 2014

    J.F., CA. I am a voracious "bookaholic" who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to/reading multiple books at the same time.

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    I feel badly giving this book a poor review just because the writer put so much passion into it (per the introduction). However, this book missed the mark in so many ways. The picture the author tried to paint especially in the beginning of the book is so inaccurate. I am not sure how thorough his research was but you can tell nuances of the way of life - the practices, lifestyle, day to day language, etc. was way off. The researcher either did not understand what was told to him or just plainly made up things that had nothing to do with Marley's early life. He would reference palettes for beds - the poorest people in Jamaica do not sleep on palettes. Back then the poorest people slept on proper mattresses filled with processed coconut coir. People didn't have clans in Jamaica, nor used that term. Parents would tell their children about Blackheart Man but that was because it was not unusual for little children as young as three years old to walk in clusters to school or Sunday school and this was a way to get them to avoid strangers. The concept of the Blackheart Man was not steeped in mysticism, as White presented it. Marley being psychic - never heard of that before. There were just many words and phrases and depictions of life that I know to be inaccurate and it made me wonder about others "facts" in the book. The narrator could have at least gotten with a Jamaican person to find out how some of the patois words were pronounced. The accent of course was off but I am not that picky as I know many narrators seldomly capture many unfamiliar accents well. The book took a while to tell Marley's story and there were many things included about other people that I felt unnecessary. I almost gave up a few times. I will not tell other readers not to get this book but I will say that there are many better books on Marley - not sure if in audio but at least in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kev NAPLES, FL, United States 08-14-13
    Kev NAPLES, FL, United States 08-14-13
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    Would you listen to Catch a Fire again? Why?

    Probably not -. While I did find the information contained within the story somewhat riveting, at times it could be a tough listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would never think that the Marley legacy was marred in such struggle and down right disgust. Not on Bob's part, but the people that are so fricken greedy and would stop at nothing to exploit a fellow human


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really - there was a lot of information to digest


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators use of certain past tense suffixes "ed" and possessives plurals "'s" was somewhat though to listen to time after time. But I would definitely recommend to a friend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    loved it,a riveting book I just couldn't put down,how long shall they kill our prophets.

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