- 2 hr 24 min
This documentary tells the story of the life and times of Reggae singer/songwriter Bob Marley. Robert Nesta Marley was born on Feb 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, St. Ann, Jamaica. His father was a white man from England so he grew up being rejected because of his mixed heritage. His father was an absentee father, coming back a few times over his life time. Although is father's family rejected Bob, it was Bob that put their name on everyone's lips. Bob grew up in poverty amid his mother's family, all very musical but very poor. When he was 12, Bob and his mother moved to Kingston Jamaica to find a better life. They lived in an area called Trench Town. Trench town has produced many talented artist. Trench town citizen live a poor, existence, barefoot and pretty much with the clothes on their back but it gives some of them the drive to escape. Bob knew that music was his way out and at the age of 16 he managed to cut a solo record which was a failure. While he was a teenager his mother moved to America leaving Bob in Jamaica. He worked as a welder to make money to live on. He kept working at his music and eventually he and The Wailers started performing together. The records that they made were a success in Jamaica but did not extend farther then that. He also started following the belief of The Rastafarianism. It is the belief that Haile Selassie I, the emperor of Ethiopia was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. He stopped cutting his hair as part of his belief and eventually he considered his dreadlocks as his identity. A lot of his music was tied to his religious beliefs as well as politics. Political unrest ran rampant in Jamaica and Bob was to do a free charitable concert but his generosity was mistakenly seen as his taking sides. An armed gunman tried to stop him by shooting him and several of his crew. His wife was also shot. Everyone survived and the concert did happen. He blamed the shooting on the devil but he left Jamaica for a while. He was asked to come back to do a peace concert to try to unite Jamaica. He did the concert and the two sides were united at least for one night. Bob died of melanoma on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36.