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spearheaded political, spiritual, social movements in Jamaica.
Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war . . . and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me seh war. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained . . . now everywhere is war.
Bob Marley (1945-81), Jamaican reggae musician. "War," on the album Rastaman Vibration (1976). The words of the song are based on a speech given to the United Nations by the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie in 1968.
The Wailers have often been called the "Jamaican Beatles" throughout the 60's and the 70's. The comparison doesn't end here as they also covered two Beatles songs. The earliest one is _And I Love Her_, released in 1965, originally on the Beatles' _A Hard Day's Night_ LP from 1964. Bob sings lead on that track, but it is Peter who sings on the other Beatles rendition, this time a cover of _Here Comes The Sun_ MP3 released in 1971. The original version can be found on the Beatles' _Abbey Road_ album from 1969.
Though Marley's records were cleverly packaged by Island's Chris Blackwell for a white rock audience, much of their appeal derives from the unshakable authenticity of the man, the righteous integrity he shared with many of reggae's stars. In the '70s, the cries and beats of Jamaica's new "roots music" seemed to spring, not only form the hearts of suffering black folks, but from the island soil itself. You could hear these roots in the music's moist guitars and stoned pace, its "natural mystic" vibrations, and its crunchy, spongy beats (Marley called it "earth-feeling music"). And you could feel the roots as well in the virtual Africa that hovered on the messianic horizon of the music, an ancient motherland and future kingdom built from the gnostic longings of souls exiled in the brave New World of Babylon.
- Erik Davis - _Dub, Scratch & The Black Star_
"It is amazing that at his young age he survived more than two years with his cancer. It might have been because of his strict diet, the unorthodox medical treatment he received by Dr. Issel in Bavaria, or it might have been the cancer reducing effects of THC, the main active substance in marijuana."
- _Carribean Nights: A BBC Documentary On The Life Of Bob Marley_
Of Freedom: Ambient
Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub_
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