On Bob Marley & His Early Lack Of Black Support

08.21.12 6 years ago 10 Comments

Let the story be told now, everyone alive to experience Bob Marley’s music while he was with us probably leads you to believe he was adored, respected and treated as any icon should. While this may be true to some extent, Bob’s son Ziggy explains in the new documentary detailing the life of his famous father that his pops felt slighted by the perceived lack of support from African-Americans.

Zig notes his dad always appreciated any fan he made a believer with his music regardless of ethnicity, but believed the messages he touched in his music were pertinent to the struggle, pride and love Black Americans experienced.

“He had issue with it,” Marley’s son Ziggy Marley told “Nightline,” “because he wanted African-Americans to hear his message.”

All things considered, Bob died extremely young (36) and found himself in competition with several other Black superstar entertainers popular Stateside during his lifetime. So maybe that’s why the wave of appreciation was delayed. Or not.

Moving right along though, it seems artistically impossible to hear this in 2012 with Bob being such the irreplaceable pillar of music he is in the eyes of millions. Yet, the gravitation to an artist’s catalog after their passing is just a part of the game. Hell, it took Amy Winehouse passing for me to truly understand how talented she was and not just a “can’t-do-right” soul who seemed hellbent on derailing her own train.

Marley – clocking in 145 minutes – was released on DVD earlier this month.

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