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Remembering Bob Marley: Three Decades After His Death


Marley Remembered: 30 Years Later

Today (May 11) marks the 30th anniversary of the death of iconic musical and Rastafarian figure, Bob Marley.

Marley rose to prominence as the founding member of the reggae outfit The Wailing Wailers – eventually changed to Bob Marley and The Wailers – in the early sixties.

The group would go on to establish themselves as one of Jamaica’s hottest acts.

After a brief stay in America and a rearranging of the group, Marley moved back to Jamaica and reformed the band, reestablishing themselves with wildly popular songs steeped in Rastafarian rhetoric.

In 1972, Marley and the Wailers hit the international stage, landing a deal with Island Records. During the ‘70s and the Marley mesmerized the masses with tracks like, “Get Up, Stand Up,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Exodus,” “No Woman, No Cry” and “Jamming” becoming an international superstar. He was also a strong advocate for the Rastafarian movement, making him a global symbol of hope for many.

In 1980, after becoming the most significant reggae artist of all time, Marley was diagnosed with cancer.  After battling the disease for eight months, Marley succumbed in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981. However, his message of peace will forever live on through his timeless music.

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  • Bob Marley has influenced the entire world with his music, which will live on to be rediscovered by more and more generations to come. His work has affected my life and my art so much. I paid tribute to him with a surreal and psychedelic portrait inspired by his words. You can see it on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/05/in-memoriam-bob-marley.html