Renowned reggae historian and archivist, Roger Steffens, visited the Library of Congress in Washington, DC for an intimate conversation about his recently released book, “So Much Things to Say – The History of Bob Marley”. The book is an in-depth, revealing history of one of the world’s most influential musicians. While touring with the Wailers in the 1970’s, he was closely acquainted with Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and many other band members.
Steffens shared little-known facts in the history of the legendary musician’s life, covering everything from Marley’s early beginnings, to his rise to international fame. He mentioned Bob’s father, Norvel Sinclair Marley, who was 64-years-old when he got Cedella Booker, Bob’s mother, pregnant at only the age of 18, before marrying her. Shortly after, Bob’s father then parted ways with Cedella and Bob before they moved to Kingston, Jamaica, where Bob began his music career.
Steffens explained Bob’s ups and downs in the music industry, sharing very rare stories, such as The Wailers’ recording stint with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry and the infamous politically-motivated assassination attempt on Marley at his 56 Hope Road home in Kingston, where Bob was shot. He then went on to share Bob’s transition into international fame in London & the U.S., his accolades such as his visit to Zimbabwe to sing for freedom fighters, and his untimely death soon after his final concert in Pittsburgh, PA. After an engaging hour-long conversation, Steffens then closed with a brief Q&A session where he allowed the audience to ask questions. “So Much Things to Say” gives retrospective insight, shed’s light on untold stories and tackles major controversies about one of the most influential music artist in the world.
“So Much Things to Say — The Oral History of Bob Marley” is avilable on Amazon.com .
– Eric Bailey (Urban Heat Advisory)