Ziggy Marley, one of the best-known sons of the mythical figure of Jamaican music and the reggae genre, publishes a book about his father, « Bob Marley: Portrait of a Legend », the date on which the iconic artist would turn 75.
The Jamaican media pick up this Wednesday the announcement of Ziggy Marley, who announced that the work includes more than 150 photographs that capture the life and influence of the reggae star and one of the greatest musical and socio-political icons of pop culture of the 20th century .
Drawing exclusively on photographs from the Marley family archives, the book blends the iconic and the intimate, bringing together images of Bob Marley as a performer and his family life in Jamaica.
The singer’s son focuses on the book in the last decade of his life, the period of his greatest world fame, and with excerpts from unpublished interviews and quotes from the singer alongside the images.
Ziggy assures that the book contains a very special collection of photographs from family archives, after underlining the cliché that « a picture is worth a thousand words. »
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Despite being dead for decades, Marley has the second-highest number of social media followers of any deceased celebrity, with the official Facebook page having over 70 million followers, placing her in the top 20 of all. Facebook pages and in the top 10 among celebrity pages.
The compilation album « Legend », released by Island Records in 1984, 3 years after his death, is the best-selling reggae music album in history with 28 million copies.
Bob Marley, born in 1945 in Jamaica, was in addition to an exceptional musician a promoter of the Rastafarian faith and pacifism on a Caribbean island in the early 1970s of the 20th century dominated by violence in the streets between supporters of the two main political parties.
His son, an eight-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and also a reggae icon, has released thirteen albums to the market.
His immersion in music came at the young age of ten, when he participated in recording sessions with his father.