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Friday, October 9, 2009

Part 4: Where Do You Stand? Bob Marley "Didn't Come To Bow. He Came to Conquer!"

Bob Marley Photograhper, Kate Simon

Music Success:

1965 "The Wailing Wailers" The Wailers
1970 "Soul Rebels" The Wailers
1971 "Soul Revolution" The Wailers
1971 "Soul Revolution Part II" The Wailers
1971 "The Best of The Wailers" The Wailers
1973 "Catch a Fire" The Wailers
1973 "Burnin'" The Wailers
1974 "Rasta Revolution" The Wailers
1974 "Natty Dread" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1975 "Live!" Gold
1976 "Rastaman Vibration" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1977 "Exodus" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1978 "Babylon"
1978 "Kaya" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1979 "Survival" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1980 "Uprising" Bob Marley & The Wailers
1983 "Confrontation" Bob Marley & The Wailers (posthumous)
1991 (recorded in 1973) "Talkin' Blues"
2003 (recorded in 1976) "Live at the Roxy"
1984 "Legend" Diamond
1986 "Rebel Music"
1992 "Songs of Freedom" 7 x's Platinum
1995 "Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On" Gold
1997 "21 Winners: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers"
2001 "One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers"
2002 (Anthology '69 - '78) "Bob Marley and The Wailers: Trenchtown Rock"
2005 "Gold"
2005 "Africa Unite: The Singles Collection"

Why Do Platinum Artists Flee Undgerground?

With statistics not begin collected until ten years after his death, Nesta Robert "Bob" Marley (later know as Robert Nesta Marley) has sold between 100 and 250 million records worldwide. Between 1991 and 2007 Bob Marley and The Wailers have sold in excess of 21 million records. Refusing to raise a fist fight, he survived a hail of bullets then two days later he still took the stage in protest with a soft, unwavering, militant-voice. When asked why, he responded "the people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?" Bob Marley remains the single figure largely responsible for bringing people of all colors and races together under the Rastafari Movement.

Here is the answer in his words...
"I didn't come to bow, you know. I came to conquer. I didn't come to bow. I came to conquer." 1979

"I really have no ambition, no. I only have one ting I'd like to see happen: I'd like for mankind to live together. Black, white, Chinese, anyone. You know."

In an Austrailian interview in April 1979, he was asked:

Interviewer 2: The thing is you've come under a fair amount of pressure too. You even managed to get yourself shot at at some stage.
Bob: Yeah, you find people wicked some places. Really wicked.
Interviewer: So you don't fear for your personal safety in any situation, say, in Jamaica?
Bob: My safety is secure y'know. You see, words good but you have to have action! Any man can come out and run up him mouth and blah, blah, boom, boom. But we want to see the works. That mean, you might find one who a big and who aggresive, because him don't go through the danger that I go through. The amount of thing that I go through I can take it cool, because me been through it. When you figure you taking it cool, you taking it cool through the fire. It's not outside the fire you're taking it cool, it's in a the fire. You can not give away your life on ego, then all you was was a bag of argument and then you die. You have to have some action, then that mean it can have some meaning... Interviewer: Bob can we go back to politics? You're a very political man, so this is why I ask the question... Bob: I would be glad if I was a political man. Interviewer: You don't think you are? Bob: No. Interviewer 2: Could you ever see yourself becoming a political leader? Bob: I don't see myself as a politician. I see myself as defending the right of His Majesty. I am a soldier in His Majesty army...
Bob Marley Photograhper, Kate Simon

Here is portions of their follow up interview:

Interviewer: You seem to be less interested in politics now. Bob: Well, I'm always interested in my people's right. But I will not push myself to a revolution without arms. Interviewer: As far as people like yourself are concerned, you mentioned to me last time that you're very concerned about what's going on in South Africa, and what's going on in Rhodesia. Is there anything do you think that people in Jamaica can do to help their brothers in Rhodesia and in South Africa? Anything directly? Bob: Well, we can do what we have to do. But we look at South Africa and the pressure that we face, and the struggle that we go through, we kow that the world must change. And the black people in South Africa is the greatest black people on the face of the Earth. Because they are capable to fight. We are not capable to fight, we are in chains. Now we are talking about people who are fighting for their rights. Now, the world, this Earth doesn't have no justice. Because what we are saying is what could we do in Jamaica as we are a people? His Majesty say that until the colour of a man skin is of no more significance to the colour of his eyes. That mean that justice is in the eyes of everyone. The black people and the white people. That mean, if the black people in Jamaica could do anything to help South Africa, then the white people anywhere could do the same. Because until a an skin is of no more significance to the colour of his eyes. Interviewer: So, it's as much my responsibility...? Bob: It is (as) much your responsibility as mine! Interviewer: Now, what about Is This Love? Bob: Well, after saying all these things you must really have some time when you take a cup of tea! So you say I wanna love you and treat you right, because you fighting for something. You got your enemy, and you got your people. The things you tell your enemy, you got to tell your people a different thing. You tell them I wanna love you and treat you right, we'll be together everyday and every night. Don't worry about a thing, everything is gonna be alright. Just keep on fighting with I. Interviewer: It's a love song. A happy song.
Bob: Well, it is one of them songs where words couldn't express the meaning, so we had to just put words to the melody! (laughs) Interviewer: That's the best quote of the year! "It's one of those songs where the words couldn't express the meaning, so they just had to put words to the melody." (laughs) Bob: You have deal with the people. You have to give what the people want, and then you have to give them what you know they're supposed to get. Interviewer: Do you think that now, you're far removed from working in the Chrysler factory, does it conjur up memories, do you think you can still relate to those people who are in fact living in the concerete jungle now? Bob: Oh, yeah man. I live with them in the concrete jungle, nothing has changed for me. I am just the same, nothing has changed for me. Interviewer: In what way? If you look at it, you're much more successful, you're playing large concerts... Bob: I'll tell you what. I have the same feelings. I am a Rastaman. Everything remain the same. I carry that same feeling. I didn't expect this world to be so crooked and corrupted. I thought people were people. Until I grew up and realised this guy hate me for nothing. When I check he hate me through history. He hate me because I'm black. He hate me because I live uptown, he hate me because I'm from the ghetto, he hate me because I'm from the country. Is just hatred run the Earth until Rastafari come and say "no! Peace and love is the way of life." Rasta is the only man preach peace and love. Because if the church preach peace and love, then them would a love Rastaman. Interviewer: Do you think that theres any possibilty ever of the human race believing in peace and love? Bob: No, no, not the human race. You have people who qualified to deal with peace and love. You have people who are qualified and searching for the people with their qualifications too . And they will meet. Interviewer: What happens to the ones who can't love? Bob: Well, I'm sorry for those who do not know what love is because love is all love is God. And if you can't love then you don't know about that.

Marley's life is best sumed up at the conclusion of his documentary titled, "Bob Marley: Prophecies & Messages,"
During his brief lifetime, he had risen from the ghettos of Kingston to become one of the most influential performers the world has ever seen. Through his music and words, he had almost single-handedly brought the sounds of reggae and the messge of Rastafari to millions around the globe. But despite his fame, he never lost tough with his own hunanity and his vision of a better, more just world for all people, regardless of their race, creed or color. In the end, he put his faith in the immortal words of the Emperor, 'Until the color of mans' skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, the rule of international morality will remain a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained.'"
I ask again, where do you stand? It's just Mia and these are Bob Marley's thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great piece on Bob who is arguably the greatest musician of all time.Bobs music stands the test of time because it was real and from the heart.Like he said you have to give the people what they want and also what you know they"re supposed to get and thats what music truly is to me.


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