“Catch A Fire: The Life of Bob Marley”
By Timothy White
Read by Peter Macon
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Length 17.0 hrs
All my life I’ve been fascinated with music, I’ve never been able to play an instrument but have loved listening to music. I listen, enjoy and appreciate all genres of music, some genres I just appreciate for what they are trying to do, but I get it. I never had the patience to learn an instrument but I could play a record, 8-track, cassette or CD so I went into a broadcasting career.
One thing I have noticed is that not only does it take a lot of patience but there is something else that makes a star a star. I read a lot of musician biographies and many times that something is passed down from generations of musicians. So with great genes comes great talent. Well not always. This biography of Bob Marley demonstrates that while Marley had the talent for music, he also had a very unique spiritual background that led to his music breaking boundaries and pushing a new form of music, Reggae, into the mainstream.
I was actually surprised by the content of this audiobook in that it offered much more than just a history of Bob Marley and his music. Timothy White created a whole feel for the whys and wherefores of Marley, Jamaica and Reggae music. In this book the listener gets a bit of a rounded education in religion with the history of Rastafarianism. While I had heard of Rastafarianism (what Bob Marley fan hasn’t?) I had never heard of it’s origins until this book. White covers the history of this religion all the way back to King Solomon. I was intrigued by all the rich history this religion absorbs.
Continuing the education created by Timothy White, the listener gets a lesson in the history of Jamaica and the development of the island’s politics and scandals. Along with this history the history of the music scene of Jamaica is covered in depth and how Reggae came about. Of course, the meat of this book is the life of Bob Marley but all these histories explain in detail how Marley was influenced not only musically but spiritually and politically as well. This explains how Marley is able to influence many generations of music fans for years to come.
The reader of this book was outstanding. Peter Macon was able to bring this biography to full-color audio life with his vocal skills. Talking in Jamaican, British or African accents Macon made this book come to life and with his rich deep voice for the normal narration made this book an easy listen.