High Times Greats: A Quiet and Heartfelt Elegy For Bob Marley by Roger Steffens (1995)

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For the March, 1995 issue of High Times, Roger Steffens, coauthor of Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer and Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Definitive Discography, penned an elegy for Bob Marley (1945-1981), who died 40 years ago on May 11 at the age of 36. Elegy For Bob Marley Here’s the fantasy: Bob Marley didn’t die. Repatriation borrows an echoey snap-snap from the juju of his good friend King Sunny Ade, and sells 10 million copies in Africa alone. Or the fact that his four-CD box set, Songs of Freedom, has sold a million copies and is still charting. Something of his achievements can be found in the 11 million copies sold of his greatest-hits album, Legend, which has held the number-one slot on Billboard’s catalog charts longer than any other record in history.

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For the March, 1995 issue of High Times, Roger Steffens, coauthor of Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer and Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Definitive Discography, penned an elegy for Bob Marley (1945-1981), who died 40 years ago on May 11 at the age of 36.

Elegy For Bob Marley

Here’s the fantasy: Bob Marley didn’t die. Doctors cured his melanoma in 1977, and no grave claimed him in 1981. In ’82, he records an entire album of songs livicated (never DEAD-icated, cuz Rasta nuh deal wit death) to the ongoing freedom struggle in South...

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