70 Reasons To Love Bob Marley On His 70th Birthday

Memories of the music, the movement, and the man, from those who knew him best

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"My father's music was always deeper than just a slogan," Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley's son, told me recently. "The messages will always be relevant, until mankind decides to do things differently." The iconoclastic, revolutionary musician would have been 70 today and, while he's been dead for more than 30 years, his voice is as loud as ever. Marley has over 70 million Facebook fans and, in an age of declining sales of physical music products, continues to rack up impressive numbers.

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Whether you're a college kid discovering Marley at your first frat party or a political activist struggling against oppression, there's something in Marley's music for you.

Here are 70 reasons we love Bob Marley.


1 | "Redemption Song"

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"I remember the first time I heard 'Redemption Song,'" biographer Chris Salewicz, the author of Bob Marley: The Untold Story, says of what is widely regarded as Bob Marley's finest song, encapsulating everything he believed and stood for in one simple, stripped-down acoustic performance. "It sounded absolutely extraordinary. I saw him perform it at his last London show, at the Crystal Palace. It was the last song of all. That's the last song I saw him do. It's obviously magnificent. It's a masterpiece. When he was recording his last album Uprising, [the head of his label] Chris Blackwell supposedly asked him near the end of the sessions if he had anything more and he came back the next day with 'Redemption Song.'" Also check out this bonus version recorded in New York City in 1980.

2 | The Lee Perry Sessions

In the late-'60s, Marley and an early incarnation of the Wailers teamed up with Lee "Scratch" Perry, already a Jamaican legend, and Perry's studio band the Upsetters. Although they worked together for less than a year, Marley and Perry recorded what many consider the Wailers' finest work. Perry also coached Marley on his vocal style, with Marley's approach developing in leaps and bounds. The two split after a business dispute but they remained friends and worked together again.

3 | The Wailers

Marley's band—founded by Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer—inarguably made Marley sound unlike anyone who had come before him in popular music. Marley, Tosh, and Wailer, along with Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith, developed an inimitable style and unmatched groove in the 10 years before the release of the band's Island Records debut in 1973, but Tosh and Wailer left in 1974. The next incarnation of the band, including Carlton Barrett, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Junior Marvin, Al Anderson, Tyrone Downie, Earl "Way" Lindo, and Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, plus backing vocals from the I Threes, was no less potent, and is probably the Wailers most fans are familiar with. "The Wailers had a thing that you can't just buy," Ziggy Marley says. "You can't just rent musicians who can do that. They had something there that was like intuitive. They all believed in a certain philosophy and way of life. They were a unit."

4 | Timothy White's Catch a Fire

Timothy White, the Billboard editor who died unexpectedly at 50 in 2002, reinvented the rock biography with his lengthy book on Marley, Catch a Fire. White was undoubtedly a fan, but he interviewed Marley—not to mention fellow musicians and acolytes—on numerous occasions, and treated his subject seriously and thoughtfully, setting a benchmark that all music bios that followed have strived to live up to.

5 | Chris Salewicz's Bob Marley: The Untold Story

British music journalist Chris Salewicz's 2010 biography of Marley is another must-read. While Salewicz also interviewed Marley during the artist's lifetime, unlike White he had the luxury of time in assembling his book. The Untold Story is chock full of detail that helps put Marley's ascendance into perspective, allowing Salewicz to tackle big questions like what it was about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock 'n' roll, and how, even in death, he has remained the single most successful reggae artist ever while becoming a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to fans all over the globe.

6 | He Never Played The Superstar

"He was very humble, quiet, and hesitant, almost nervous," biographer Chris Salewicz says of Marley. "It was very revealing about him, really. There was this humility about him. After I interviewed him I was heading on from Jamaica to New York, so I had a heavy coat draped over my bag when I was getting ready to leave for the airport. While we were standing there talking, saying our goodbyes, Bob picked up my coat and moved it into the shade. He told me it was so the sun wouldn't bleach it. There aren't many A-list stars who would ever do that."

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7 | He Survived An Assassination Attempt

On December 3, 1976, Marley, along with his wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, was shot while peeling a grapefruit in the kitchen of his Kingston home. It's believed the gunmen attempted to take Marley's life to prevent him from playing the Smile Jamaica concert Marley helped organized in hopes of helping to calm the political unrest in Jamaica at the time, but which had been co-opted by the ruling party. Author Marlon James's recent A Brief History of Seven Killings has a remarkable account of the attempt on Marley's life and the politics surrounding it. While the gunmen were never officially apprehended, Taylor later said he was present at a "kangaroo court" execution of the perpetrators, and author Chris Salewicz says in Untold Story that Marley was there, too.

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8 | Following The Assassination Attempt Marley Performed At Smile Jamaica

Marley, Rita, and Taylor all survived the assassination attempt. Amazingly, Marley performed at the Smile Jamaica concert a few days later, turning a scheduled one-song appearance into a stellar 90-minute set. It turned Marley into a living legend in Jamaica.

9 | Tuff Gong

Tuff Gong is the brand name that has become associated with Bob Marley's estate, and it's hard to walk through a college campus without seeing at least a few T-shirts emblazoned with its logo. Tuff Gong was Marley's nickname—he was a fierce fighter in his early days and footballer later in life—and the moniker came from the nickname given to the founder of the Rastafari movement that Marley followed, Leonard "The Gong" Howell. Today Tuff Gong is a merchandising brand and record label, highly coveted among reggae artists, which still boasts a full-service recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

10 | Damian Marley's Welcome To Jamrock

Though Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley was only two when his father passed away, he reached perhaps the highest artistic heights of any of Marley's many children with the release of Welcome To Jamrock in 2005. While Ziggy may be better known than his younger brother, Jamrock, produced by their brother Stephen, had a unique, modern sound, and was hugely influential. It also picked up on Bob Marley's themes of struggles in the inner cities of Jamaica (and elsewhere), alienation, despair, and prejudice, juxtaposed against aspirational hope. If you haven't heard it, it's one to pick up.

11 | Without Him We Might Never Have Gotten To Hear Peter Tosh

Winston Hubert McIntosh aka Peter Tosh founded the Wailers with Marley and Bunny Wailer in 1963, and created the distinctive sound of the band with them before leaving with Wailer in 1974. As a solo artist he released several excellent, influential albums, toured with the Rolling Stones, and dueted with Mick Jagger on the Temptations' "Don't Look Back," but never attained the commercial heights of his internationally famous former bandmate and close friend. He was murdered during a home invasion in Jamaica in 1987.

12 | Even Bob Marley's First Demos Were Great

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In February 1962, Marley recorded four songs, "Judge Not," "One Cup of Coffee," "Do You Still Love Me?" and "Terror," at Federal Studio for local music producer Leslie Kong. Three of the songs were released on Beverley's with "One Cup of Coffee" being released under the pseudonym Bobby Martell.

13 | "Simmer Down"

Marley's first recording under the Wailers banner was another artistic step forward. It was a number-one in 1964 in Jamaica, selling nearly 100,000 copies.

14 | Choosing To Work With Chris Blackwell At Island Over CBS

Marley signed to CBS in 1972, but ended up recording for Blackwell's Island Records. While purists decry the polish that Blackwell put on Marley's records, most agree that Marley was a willing participant and that each record released during the singer's lifetime improved on the last.

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15 | Live At Massey Hall In Toronto

Marley's 1975 Toronto show has long been traded among collectors, and was considered a gem even in the early days of bootlegging. Thanks to YouTube, the complete show is just a click away.

16 | Legend

Despite the fact that it has been endlessly reissued in a wide variety of formats since it was first released in 1984, this best-of compilation is arguably the greatest album, beginning to end, of all time. It has sold 27 million copies worldwide, and did what Marley was unable to do in his lifetime: reach a huge, mainstream audience. It was also the first time most people heard his near-perfect "Redemption Song." "Bob was a revolutionary at heart, but Legend is a way for people to get to know him," Ziggy Marley says.

17 | He Was A Great/Terrible Dancer

Despite the fact that Marley clearly had as much soul as any recorded artist ever, he wasn't a smooth mover. "The funny thing is, Bob Marley couldn't dance," Chris Salewicz says. "He kind of plodded around a bit, though it was great in its own way, too."

18 | Pittsburgh, 1980

This concert, Marley's last, was another long-traded bootleg that is now commercially available and worth seeking out. Hardly just a curio, it's a stunning example of Bob Marley and the Wailers in concert. Marley apparently walked offstage and collapsed, never to grace the stage again.

19 | The Exodus Tour BBC Documentary

From the BBC's excellent Arena series, this documentary is chock full of footage that captures Marley on tour supporting his Exodus album in 1977. He's clearly a huge star, but far from the legend we see him as today. It's also an excellent snapshot of the UK during the turbulent late-'70s.

20 | Bob Marley Had Almost No Pretensions At All

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As you can see in the complete video of his appearance on the talk show Like It Is from 1980, Marley had little trouble living up to the title of the show. While his Jamaican patois can be a hurdle, stick with it. The interview is a fascinating snapshot of Bob Marley near the end of his life.

21 | He Rocked Harvard

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On July 21, 1979, Marley and the Wailers appeared at Harvard Stadium near Boston as part of the Amandla Festival of Unity to bring attention to the liberation struggles in Marley's beloved Zimbabwe, as well as Namibia and South Africa. For nearly two hours, under the hot, Massachusetts sun, the crowd was in thrall of Marley.

22 | He Helped Give Us Peter Tosh's Legalize It

While most fans of Marley and Tosh subscribe to the notion that the public falling out the two had carried over into their private lives, Salewicz says the opposite was true. "I believe Peter had some serious mental health problems later in life, and that led to the schism between him and Bob, but more importantly people should know that Bob helped to fund (perhaps Tosh's best album) Legalize It."

23 | Catch A Fire

Full of socially aware lyrics and militant tone, Marley's 1973 debut album for Island Records caught on especially big in the UK, where Marley and Peter Tosh's confrontational subjects and optimistic view of a future free from oppression caught the ears of a young generation about to launch punk. The recent deluxe version of Catch a Fire includes the original "Jamaican mix" of the album, before Island's Chris Blackwell dressed it up with studio overdubs and a fresh remix to make it more palatable to Western ears.

24 | Songs Of Freedom

After discovering Bob Marley via Legend, most fans picked up Songs of Freedom. Released in 1992, at a time when box sets were reserved largely for the Bob Dylans and Eric Claptons of the world, it covered Marley's career in in-depth detail, from his earliest recordings through to his posthumous releases. With fantastic liner notes from Salewicz and loads of previously unheard tracks, it set a high bar for the box sets that continue to flow from record companies' vaults.

25 | He Really Was A Revolutionary

"Was Bob political? No. But when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, on the independence night, Bob Marley and the Wailers top the bill at a huge concert, because his songs are those that inspired the guerrillas fighting out in the bush," Chris Salewicz says of Marley's remarkable performance. For Marley it was a spiritual homecoming of sorts. "At the last minute, he decided to take me and Stephen, my younger brother, with him to Zimbabwe," Ziggy Marley says. "During the concert, the people outside the stadium started to burst down the gate to get in, and the concert had to be stopped because the police guys started shooting tear gas, and the tear gas blew on the stage. It was a powerful time in his life to be part of something that he spoke about and sung about."

26 | He's Known In Every Corner Of The Globe

"People think that the most famous musician in the world or recognized musician might be John Lennon or Bono or Mick Jagger or someone like that, but it ain't," Marley friend and filmmaker Don Letts says. "Trust me. It's Bob Marley. That's because he spoke—he speaks—to the oppressed and the downtrodden. In other words, he spoke to 90 percent of the planet."

27 | "War"

"'War', of course, is a classic," Salewicz says of this core Marley track. "Bob Marley divides the world into those who get it and those who don't get it. He doesn't really like politics, but on the other hand he's appalled by the level of oppression that he sees people suffer. That's what so many of the songs are about, and this is one of the best."

28 | Live! (At The Lyceum, London)

"The way I got to know Bob was after seeing the show at the Lyceum," Don Letts says. "The Live! album was actually recorded during those shows. For me, it was the closest I've ever been to what I guess you'd call a religious experience. Nothing has touched me like that since. So I followed him back to his hotel, and that's how I struck up a friendship with him. And I'll tell you something, I wouldn't be the man I am today if I hadn't met Bob."

29 | He Had A Surefire Cure For Stage Fright

According to Bunny Wailer, in an interview for the film Marley, to cure stage fright Bob Marley used to take Wailer and Peter Tosh to a local Kingston graveyard at 2 a.m. to practice their vocals and harmonies because, said Wailer, "Bob felt that if you could sing there you'd never be nervous singing anywhere else."

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30 | "Lively Up Yourself"

This performance of the classic "Lively Up Yourself," from Marley's tour to support his Exodus album, features the latter-day version of the Wailers, along with superb backing vocals from the I Threes, in peak form.

31 |  "Concrete Jungle" And His First Gigs In London

"'Concrete Jungle' is one of the first Bob Marley songs I ever heard and it's pretty perfect," Chris Salewicz says. "I hadn't heard Bob before Catch a Fire came out. I thought Catch a Fire was a phenomenally great record so I went to see him play at the Speakeasy in London in of May 1973. It was the Wailers then, not just Bob Marley. I thought that was absolutely sensational. It was very otherworldly. It was like nothing I've experienced before. And 'Concrete Jungle' was a real highlight."

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32 | Survival

"It's hard pick my favorites, but I'd start with the album Survival and tracks like 'Africa Unite,'" Ziggy Marley says. "Survivor was the awakening of the Afrocentric, militant, rebellious part of me. So that was really impactful to me."

33 | And Kaya

"For me, it's not songs. It's albums," Ziggy Marley says. "Kaya sounded so different, the mix and the sound of it. Just the fact that it wasn't that well-received by critics, who thought that the album was like a sellout and not reggae or roots enough, well, I like that, because Bob does what he wants to do. Bob's music is Bob's music. You can't really nail it down to roots reggae or something. It's Bob's reggae."

34 | Bob Marley Was A Lover And A Fighter

"I loved (Bob Marley's third album) Natty Dread, because at the time it came out I was growing out my dreadlocks, looking to Rastafari for guidance," says Don Letts of the songs that mean the most to him. "'Slave Driver,' too, off the first album. But I'll tell you something, it's easier to pick the rebellious songs, but what I liked about Bob was that he was like a double-edged sword. On one side, he was the kind of rebel, rude boy, but on the other side, he was kind of a spiritual lover. Songs like 'Could You Be Loved' for instance, or even, 'Satisfy My Soul.' John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Joe Strummer, Bob Marley... They weren't one-dimensional, these people. They weren't caricatures. They embraced the range of human emotions. Sometimes you had to fight, but you also had to sometimes know when to stop fighting and make love."

35 | "One Love"

From a 1980s MTV video, to an equally suspect Jamaican tourism commercial, Bob Marley's best-known, and most commercialized, song is still one of his greatest.

36 | Live At The Rainbow

"The thing about the Lyceum shows is that Bob just seems at the absolute peak of his artistry," Chris Salewicz, who attended the shows in London in 1977, says. "The album that they're promoting, Exodus, it's also so fantastic. They perform a lot of it. There's also this great interrelationship between him and his audience. It was a sort of breakout moment for Bob. Again, it's the interactions with the audience and the excitement, the way that people just rushed down to the front of the venue onto the stage as soon as they come on. It was kind of breathtaking."

37 | Live In Santa Barbara, 1979

"Maybe it's because I've seen the Rainbow show so many times, but I think Santa Monica is even a better show," says Salewicz, who contributed an on-camera history of the show to the official 2008 DVD release of the concert. Late-period Bob Marley and the Wailers at their finest.

38 | Bob Marley Is A Role Model

"Bob Marley came along at a time in my life when I was struggling with my identity," Don Letts confesses. "I'm what they call first-generation British born black, which kind of rolls off the tongue these days, but back in the mid-'70s it was a very confusing concept. Bob came into my life at the perfect time to kind of show me how I could be all I could be without compromise. There it is. Bob didn't anglicize or Americanize himself. He did his thing and people either dug it or they didn't. Luckily for Bob, for the most part, they dug it."

39 | In Dub, Vol. 1

This excellent dub (instrumental) album of Marley classics was released on vinyl (and CD) in 2012, and is one of the better dips into the vaults by the Marley estate. If you're not familiar with Jamaican dub, it's an art form in and of itself. But the Marley classics stripped back here are so familiar, this album is accessible and enjoyable for even the casual fan.

40 | Burnin'

During Marley's lifetime he recorded nine studio albums for Island Records (including one that was released after his death). They're all excellent, and worth a spin, especially if you're overwhelmed by the many live and compilation releases that have hit the racks since Marley's death in 1981. But probably the first to pick up after his must-have Catch a Fire is Burnin' from 1973. Together with Catch a Fire, it sets the template for Marley's recorded output and features Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in peak form. And the deluxe version includes a superb live set from Leeds University from the Wailers' first UK tour.

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41 | The Songs

Whether it's the smooth hits like "Lively Up Yourself" and "One Love," or the revolutionary cries of "Burnin' & Lootin'" and "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)," there's hardly a song in Marley's catalog that you can't groove along to happily, while letting some of the message seep in in the process, just like the master intended.

42 | Uprising Live!

Upon the release of the CD/DVD set Uprising Live!, Ziggy Marley told me: "I have a different relationship with this music than most people, because I'm his son. There is a commercial side of Bob that is there for people to explore, but there's also a revolutionary side of Bob and that's the side I love. People think of him as a peace-and-love guy, but there's much more to him than that and the later songs [featured on Uprising Live!] are exciting and different."

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43 | He Dismissed Punk Rock, Until He Didn't

"One day, the last time I saw Bob, I went round to get some money from him, because he owed me some money," Don Letts says. "I was wearing my punk bondage trousers. Now, this is 1977, and Bob was living in London and had been reading the tabloid press, who had kind of picked up on all the negative, nihilism part. It was never about that. Punk was about empowerment, individuality, and freedom. Anyway, Bob sees me in my punk trousers, my bondage trousers, and he says, 'Don Letts, you look like one of them nasty punk rockers.' I was like, 'Hold on Bob. You've got it wrong! These are my friends. They're not crazy. They've got something to say.' Basically, he went, 'Nah, get the fuck out of here.' I walked out. Three months later, when he became more informed about the punk rock movement, he was moved to write the song 'Punky Reggae Party.' So, in my book, I always got the last laugh when it came to that argument."

44 | Easy Skanking In Boston '78

"When I first saw the footage of that show, and in the middle of one of the songs Bob just started shouting, I was like, 'What's going on with that?'" Ziggy Marley says of Easy Skanking in Boston '78, out February 17. "I'd never seen him do that and I didn't know what to make of it, but there was something he felt that took him over at that particular point in the song. He releases his emotion and it's not a performance anymore. It's not a show anymore. It's something else that's going on there."

45 | He Never Forgot His Roots

"Bob Marley lived a tough life," Chris Salewicz says. "On top of all of his commitments as a huge star and creative person, he was looking after a lot of people. In Jamaica, when the school term was beginning, hundreds of women would queue up for handouts for school uniforms and book money, which he was quite happy to cough up. He knew that was part of his gig. The great poverty of Jamaica can't be overlooked in the context of Bob Marley. It was really pretty rough. People were starving. There was no social security to fall back on. That's how Bob Marley grew up, but later he was a kind of don. He was a musical don, which is how he probably got pulled into difficult situations at times. The politicians were not really doing anything for the ordinary people. But I think it was just naturally within him to help people. That's why his lyrics are really heartfelt. That's why they have such meaning."

46 | Natty Dread And Rastaman Vibration

Natty Dread from 1974 and Rastaman Vibration from 1976 contain hits as well as songs of hope, freedom and revolutionary ideas. They're also the first albums Marley made without longtime cohorts Tosh and Wailer and, as important as the Wailers continued to be to him, they essentially represent Marley's flowering as a solo artist.

47 | "Three Little Birds"

One of Marley's best-known and most-loved, "Three Little Birds" is a certified classic. Here's a rare soundcheck in Spain in 1980 by Marley and the Wailers from his last tour.

48 | "Could You Be Loved"

Another classic, with a video showing Bob Marley in the studio and playing football in front of his Hope Road headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica. There's not much that's cooler.

49 | "Jammin'"

The official video for Marley's "Jammin'," taken from his 1977 appearance with the Wailers at the Pavillon De Paris.

50 | "Is This Love"

A hokey pre-MTV video, of Marley singing his timeless song "Is This Love" to what appears to be a daycare center. Still, the footage is loose and funny and Marley is in great form.

51 | "Get Up, Stand Up"

The official video for the Marley/Tosh classic, "Get Up, Stand Up," featuring a different vocal from the version on Burnin' (and Legend) that most people are familiar with. Great for the moment when Tosh drops the lyric "bullshit" while kids dance around.

52 | Uprising

The last album Marley released during his lifetime was 1980's Uprising, worth it for "Redemption Song" alone.

53 | Live At The Roxy

Marley's live albums Live! and Babylon by Bus are excellent. But they were also largely primers for the uninitiated, weened on 1970s stadium rock. Live at the Roxy, on the other hand, retains an intimate, club atmosphere, with a superb mix that seems to put you right in the audience. By the time the second disc nears its end, during an encore that was not available officially until this 2003 release, you wish it would go on forever.

54 | Babylon by Bus

Babylon by Bus, from 1978, is a time capsule from the heyday of great live albums, and it had to be. Marley and the Wailers had set a high bar with 1975's Live!. Perhaps it isn't as inspired, but the Wailers are tight and Marley's performance is astonishing. Plus it includes "Punky Reggae Party," "Jamming," and "Is This Love?" taken from concerts throughout Europe between 1975 and 1977, probably Marley's greatest period as a live performer.

55 | Exodus

Exodus is perhaps Marley's greatest album statement, and now comes in an expanded deluxe edition that, unlike most releases of that sort, is even better.

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56 | "Stir It Up" on The Old Grey Whistle Test

England's Old Grey Whistle Test was an institution that was a regular stop for the who's who of rock royalty in the 1970s. When Marley and the Wailers performed on the show in 1973, during the band's first visit to the UK, they became legends instantly to the show's huge viewership, setting the stage for Marley's popular breakthrough less than 18 months later.

57 | Bob Marley in Oakland, 1979

By November 1979, Marley and the Wailers were world-beaters. This fantastic concert, long circulated in poor quality, is now available in its complete (if black-and-white) form. Another amazing live experience, from beginning to end.

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58 | The Man Worked Really Hard

This video of Marley and his band, working out arrangements in Miami's infamous Criteria Studios, is an insight into how dedicated, intense, demanding, and yet somehow relaxed, Marley was.

59 | His 1975 U.S. Tour Was Amazing

Long before he was a household name here, Marley took our nation's clubs by storm. His stops in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco are legendary.

60 | His Live At Leeds Puts The Who To Shame

The Who's legendary live album Live At Leeds is considered by some to be their finest recorded moment. Not to be outdone, Marley's 1973 concert at Leeds University is considered one of his finest. Recently issued as part of the deluxe edition of Burnin', this raw version has a bit more fire and bite.

61 | He Introduced The World To Reggae Sunsplash

The Reggae Sunsplash concert series began in Jamaica in 1978. In 1979 Bob Marley and the Wailers topped a bill that also included Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, and Third World, effectively introducing the brand, and the music of all of those artists, to mainstream music fans. The festivals continued after Marley's death, eventually becoming a touring show, but ended in 1998 before being revived in 2006.

62 | The Caribbean Nights Documentary

Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story was a 1982 BBC documentary that brought Bob Marley's biographical story to the world. For many it was the first time they knew anything about Marley beyond his music, most especially his views on Rastafarianism.

63 | Confrontation

Confrontation was released in May 1983, almost two years exactly to the day after Marley's death. You know it and love it because it includes the classic "Buffalo Soldier."

64 | "Nice Time"

"I love all my father's songs," Marley's daughter Cedella says. "But I'm partial to 'Nice Time,' as my father wrote it about me."

65 | "Soul Rebel"

"'Soul Rebel' is superb," Chris Salewicz says. "It's fantastic. It comes from a time when Bob had just been in America and came back to Jamaica. It's definitely a Black Power sort of song. It's really interesting."

66 | He Brought Channel One Studios To Mainstream Attention

Channel One was a recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica, that operated from 1972 until the 1990s. It was one of the first modern, full-service studios on the island and had a profound influence on the development of reggae music, also drawing the Rolling Stones and the Clash to record there.

67 | He's Responsible For Official Bob Marley Weed

Marley Natural will hit the market everywhere the sale of marijuana is legal late this year, making it the first global consumer marijuana brand.

68 | He's Also Responsible For Bob Marley Coffee

To wake you up in the morning, perhaps after a night indulging in Marley Natural products, there is Marley Coffee. Founded by Marley's son Rohan, the coffee comes from 52 acres of land atop Jamaica's Blue Mountains, one of the world's most prized coffee-producing regions.

69 | He Introduced Rastafarianism To The Masses

Bob Marley embraced Rastafari, a religion that most in the Western world see as dubious at best. But Marley was committed, and that passion was contagious.

70 | Even At The End He Remained Down-To-Earth

Bob's last words to his fans.

This article originally appeared on Esquire.com 

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