Blog Archives Marley Film for April 20 | Documentary

A new documentary on the life of reggae legend Bob Marley is scheduled to open April 20 in the United States. Directed by Scottish director, Kevin Macdonald, Marley will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

According to the Hollywood Reporter publication, the documentary will be shown in theatres, and will be available in Video On Demand and digital format. It will be first shown during this week’s Berlin International Film Festival.

MARLEY… documentary on entertainer for Berlin film fest

Its first showing will be at the March 9-17 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

“Bob Marley is a fascinating, towering figure in musical history, and Marley is the biography that he deserves,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles is quoted as saying. “Kevin Macdonald has once again shown himself to be a master documentarian with this eye-opening, entertaining, beautifully crafted film.”

Macdonald won an Academy Award in 1999 for directing One Day In September.

For Marley, he used rare footage, archival photos, performances and interviews with family, friends and bandmates for fans and persons who know little of the singer/songwriter to get an authentic portrayal of his life.

Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment and Charles Steel co-produced Marley while Marley’s oldest son, Ziggy, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell are executive producers. Island distributed several of Marley’s best albums.

“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” said Ziggy Marley. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.”

The Marley documentary has been the subject of much speculation.

High-profile film-makers such as Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme were rumoured to be potential directors before Macdonald was offered the job.

Marley, reggae’s most enduring figure, is best known for songs like No Woman Nuh Cry, One Love and Exodus, died from cancer in May, 1981 at age 36.


Author: Howard Campbell

Ziggy Marley: On Legend Bob Marley’s Tough Love

For Father’s Day, Bob Marley’s eldest son, Ziggy Marley—whose new album, ‘Wild and Free,’ was released June 14—reflects on their boxing matches, his father’s aggressive, tough-love approach, and his last words.

“Bob was a very active person and, as kids, whether it would be a pickup soccer game or on the beach to run, he would take us with him. But Bob also grew up tough, in the ghetto, so he was a fighter. He had to fight and was capable of defending himself.

“I remember me and him boxing, and he hit very hard when he boxed. He just loved sports. So one day, me and him went a round. There was no ring, it was outside on the concrete at Hope Road, Bob’s headquarters. He was just boxing with his friends and everybody was there. I don’t remember how I ended up having gloves on my hands. He gave me a few body blows. For me, it was bad, but I’m sure it could have been harder. It didn’t knock me down, but you feel it, and you get more scared at that point because you know you’ll get more. I didn’t get any hits on Bob because he was fast. He was known for speed and footwork.  Of course, he won. He didn’t cut you no slack. No headgear, just gloves. He toughened us up, you know? He always wanted us to be tough, so he gave us that tough treatment.

“You’d get a spanking or a good whipping with the belt if you didn’t listen carefully. I used to jump my fence and go check my friends across the street. I remember one time he told me, ‘Don’t leave the yard.’ As soon as he drove out, I left the yard and went over to my friend’s. On his way back down, he saw me in one of the yards, he caught me, and gave me a nice belt beating. It’s nothing to cry about, either. That’s how we do it in Jamaica. It’s no big deal. He taught us discipline, ruggedness, and survivability. We have that makeup. We have to protect ourselves and do what we have to do.


Bob and Ziggy Marley

Courtesy Everett Collection

“During school days, I used to get in some fights. Because of that upbringing, my father’s style, I wouldn’t back down. I wouldn’t be disrespected. So that toughness wore off on me. The last fight I had was when I decided I didn’t want to fight no more, unless it was something I had to really fight for. It was in Kingston, and I was in my early 20s, around 23 or 24, and it was over a soccer game. It was getting a little rough. But then this guy was trying to deliberately hurt me. He was just kicking me over and over again on my foot—not for the ball, just trying to break my leg or something—so I had to take some action to stop that. It happened during a pickup game, and I knew of him from the community, but he wasn’t a friend of mine. And what I realized is that when I’m fighting, in those days, I would fight to stop fighting. But some people are fighting to really hurt you. During that fight I realized that I was thinking the same thing—I have to really hurt this person—and realized that not everyone thinks the same as you do during a fight, so if you’re going to get in a fight, make sure it’s for the right reasons.


“The last time we spoke, he called me and he said, “What’s up Young Bob. I have a song for you.” And his song was, “On your way up / Take me up / On your way down / Don’t let me down.”

“One time, we went to Zimbabwe, and it was guerrilla warfare at the time because they were still under colonial British rule. When Bob went over there to play for the independence concert, he took me and my brother Stephen with him. I was about 11. The guerrillas came to visit him because Bob was a revolutionary, and his music was used for revolution. So, the guerrillas came and they started talking, and then one of the guerrillas took out one of these old World War II grenades, and he was showing Bob how to use it. As a kid it was like, ‘Wow! A grenade!’ It didn’t scare me, but it tested me.

“I was 12 when my father passed, so I didn’t have a father during my teenage years. I grew up doing stuff on my own, learning from my mistakes. But Bob was a strong person even in the hospital when I saw him a few days before he passed away. I was staring at him through the window of the door at the ICU, and I don’t think he liked me seeing him that way. He told me, ‘Move from the window. The last time we spoke, he called me and he said, ‘What’s up Young Bob. I have a song for you.’ And his song was, ‘On your way up / Take me up / On your way down / Don’t let me down.’ That’s all he said. And then I used that for a song called, ‘Won’t Let You Down.’ ”


Author: Marlow Stern

Ziggy Marley: Wild & Free Cover & Track Listing

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Here’s a short sample of ‘Wild and Free’ featuring actor Woody Harrelson:

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Ziggy Marley: Performs Get up, Stand Up on Late Night TV

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley kicked off Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s Bob Marley Tribute Week with a  rousing performance of “Get Up, Stand Up” on Monday, May 9, 2011. His brother (Rohan’s) longtime mate, Lauryn Hill is scheduled to perform two songs on Thursday in a rare television appearance on the show. Other guests scheduled to pay tribute during the week  include: Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, and Keith Richards. Richards of the Rolling Stones is not scheduled to perform, but his admiration of reggae music is well documented…so, you never know he just might!

Check out the video below of Ziggy’s rendition below:


Bob Marley: 30 Years Later

Today marks the 30th year since the untimely passing  of Reggae’s greatest ambassador, Robert Nesta Marley better known as Bob Marley to the world. Marley, an iconic force in the world of reggae succumbed to cancer on May 11, 1981. Among his many musical contributions, he is credited for spreading Reggae music and the Rastafarian culture worldwide respectively.

His most popular hits include: “I Shot the Sheriff”, “One Love”, “No Woman, No Cry”,  “Could You Be Loved” “Stir It Up”, “Jamming” , “Get Up, Stand Up” , and “Redemption Song.” Other favorites include “Three Little Birds” with the Wailers and posthumously “Buffalo Soldier” and “Iron Lion Zion.”  His compilation album “Legend” has achieved Diamond status selling over 25 million copies since its debut in  1984. It is also Reggae music’s best selling album.

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The singer  born to Norval Marley, a  white Jamaican of English descent and an Afro-Jamaican mother Cedella Booker embraced both sides of his racial ancestry. Marley, however, identified himself as a Black African and was a promoter of the Pan-African movement.  In 1999, Time magazine proclaimed Bob Marley’s “Exodus” as the greatest album of the 20th century. Bob Marley’s image has now been commercialized around the world and has caused flack with many of his fans who consider this a watering down of the singer’s legacy.

Marley is the father to more than 10 children most by birth and two by adoption with several different women. Eleven of the thirteen children said to be his are mentioned on his official website. The most famous of the bunch being Ziggy, Damian (Jr. Gong), Stephen, Ky-Mani, Julian, Rohan, and Cedella (adopted), His grandchildren include rapper/singer/actress Lauryn Hill’s children with Rohan among others. Cedella has ventured into the world of fashion with her clothing line “Catch A Fire”. Her more famous brothers carry on the musical tradition of their father and the family name as a whole.

I grew up on Bob Marley’s music and can recite almost all of his songs without any conscious effort.  Reggae had evolved into a mostly dancehall movement and uplifting messages such as Bob’s are few and far in between. The spirit of Marley lives on and like musical legends Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur,  and recently added to this list Michael Jackson, his music is very much alive and as relevant as it is was decades ago. This line from “Trenchtown Rock” summarizes it all, “One good thing about music, when it hits…you feel no pain!”

Check out the video for “Trenchtown Rock” below: