Some 30-plus years after his death and the popularity, the influence, and – more than anything – the iconoclastic status of reggae legend Bob Marley were still growing, so much so that his face on a t-shirt had become ubiquitous on college campuses, surpassing Che Guevara on posters and canvas banners as well. Marley, the documentary film and its accompanying soundtrack, aim to keep the man not only an icon, but a historical figure too by filling in his backstory with interviews, historical news footage, and that sweet, sweet reggae music that brought the man such a huge following…
The reggae artist with the greatest impact in history, who introduced Jamaican music to the world and changed the face of global pop music. Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family but also through generations of artists the world over touched by his genius.
Without a doubt, Bob Marley is (and has been for decades now) the global representation of all things reggae, not only for music but also for its culture. However, he wasn’t the first artist from the genre to achieve worldwide success (Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff were there before him, to name just a few) but he was the most charismatic and the one who created the most solid, extensive and influential catalog in the world of reggae. In The Many Faces Of Bob Marley we take a tour through his influences, roots, his lesser-known works, the side projects of his band (The Wailers), some remixes and rarities, plus his huge legacy. Con remastered sound, liner notes and a wonderful artwork, The Many Faces Of Bob Marley is an essential album for your collection!
The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley s last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprising album released on June 10th 1980. A few days later on June 13th the live show from Dortmund s Westfalenhalle was filmed for the famous German music TV series Rockpalast and is presented here on DVD and CD for the first time with footage restored to the best possible quality. Bob Marley and the Wailers are on superb form and deliver a set of hit singles and classic album tracks. Marley s energetic, charismatic performance gives no indication that he was already ill with the cancer that would take his life less than a year later.