Published May 2018 to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the passing of one of the most extraordinarily influential cultural icons of the late 20th century, Reggae Legend and Superstar, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM, (1945-1981).
Bob's music inspires, entertains, excites, educates and unites, in equal measures, people from all walks of life, from across the globe, providing an enduring and robust legacy, to an all too brief existence. His humble nativity in rural St Ann, Jamaica, and his subsequent upbringing in the rough and tough confines of Trenchtown, a notorious slum district of the nation’s capital, Kingston, moulded a warm, yet tough, individual of unique authenticity and empathy, whose ability to connect with his audiences and articulate their shared life experiences, their hopes, their struggles, their hardships, won him the respect and adoration of millions.
This work seeks to give an understanding of the influences and circumstances that helped shape his life and nurture his extraordinary talent by exploring both Bob’s maternal heritage, in the African slave population transported to Jamaica, casting light on individual stories, experiences, and paths to freedom, and his paternal heritage in the White European settler population in Jamaica. Often incorrectly referred to as an Englishman posted to Jamaica in military service, a great many inaccuracies have been written about Bob’s father, Norval Marley, and his immediate family. This work aims to provides the most factually accurate account available to date, sourced from original records, dispelling many myths.
Through Bob's story this book provides a valuable insight into the wider history of Jamaica whilst ever confirming Bob’s undisputed position as a true son of the Island Nation and a most worthy representative of her spirit and people.
100% Unofficial fan publication, created for educational and research purposes, utilising facts available in the public domain, in no way authorised by, endorsed by or linked to the late Bob Marley, his widow, estate, or any related organisation or their representatives.
In memory of the late Bob Marley any profits arising from this book will be donated by the author, equally, between, Myeloma UK, a blood cell cancer support charity, and Abbie's Army, a children's Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma brain tumour research charity. Neither charity is in any way linked to the research, planning, finance or production of this work or endorses any statements or views contained within this work, which are entirely the author’s own.
Paths of Freedom - The Bob Marley Family Tree
53 Pages, A4, Illustrated throughout with Black and White and Colour Photographs. Limited first edition print run, all profits to charity, with one off 40% discount from RRP price.