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So Much Things to Say

Nonfiction: Biography, Music
Unabridged   13.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/11/2017

So Much Things to Say

The Oral History of Bob Marley

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686578
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686585


So Much Things to Say is the definitive oral history of Bob Marley by one of the world's foremost reggae scholars.

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Bob Marley's life is the stuff of legend. Raised in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, Marley (1945–1981) wrote songs that inspired millions. So Much Things to Say tells Marley's life story like never before. Roger Steffens traveled with the Wailers, interviewed Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer extensively, and took iconic Marley photographs. Now, drawing on forty years of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers, and confidants—many speaking publicly for the first time—Steffens crafts a riveting oral history depicting Marley’s life through vivid scenes: the future reggae star auditioning for Coxsone Dodd in Trench Town, the violent confrontation between the Wailers and producer Lee Perry, the attempted assassination (and conspiracy theories that followed), triumphant live performances around the world, and the artist's tragic death from cancer at the age of thirty-six. Revealing and original, So Much Things to Say presents Marley as both man and musician, seen through the eyes of those who knew him best.


“Steffens is up to this task, deftly delineating who is speaking and using the appropriate dialect. The book has a sort of conversational pacing, analogous to an actual interview between people. A back and forth rhythm that is easy to listen to." —Sound Commentary

"A rich new oral biography . . . Steffens has been on the Marley case for decades, and he’s a crucial voice in this epic chorus." —New York Times

“If Bob Marley is Jesus in these times, Roger Steffens is Peter.” —Carlos Santana

“There has never been and will never be anything quite like this: Reggae’s chief eyewitness, dropping testimony on Reggae’s chief prophet with truth, blood, and fire.” —Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

Author Bio

Roger Steffens is one of the world's leading reggae historians and a former cohost of the award winning radio program Reggae Beat. His one-man show about Marley's life has been presented at the Smithsonian and the EMP Museum, among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.