REPÚBLICA BOOK REVIEW: THE BOOK OF EXODUS
By Led Black
No disrespect intended but in my humble estimation, the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley is the greatest, most significant artist to come out of the African Diaspora, bar none. Not Louis Armstrong, nor James Brown, nor Jimi Hendrix, nor Celia Cruz for that matter – no one can match Bob Marley in terms of scope of impact, artistic integrity, and revolutionary zeal. In all fairness to these above-mentioned musical luminaries, Marley really belongs in an all-together different category. More than an artist, Marley was a prophet, a freedom fighter – music was and still is his weapon. I’ve read somewhere that he still accounts for fifty percent of Reggae music sold worldwide. Globally but especially in the impoverished, struggling third world, Marley is a symbol of freedom and an icon of self-determination. Bob Marley’s true peers are giants like Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, MLK and Che Guevara.
Marley products: documentaries, music, clothing, books – especially books – still do quite well in the marketplace. I can honestly say that I have read most of the books written about Mr. Marley; the one by his wife, by his mom, even one by his former manager. My favorite is Catch a Fire by journalist Timothy White, this book is by far the most exhaustive and illuminating on the life of the Reggae ambassador. Another gem to add to the collection of Marley books is the recently released The Book of Exodus written by Vivien Goldman.
Vivien Goldman is a veteran Music journalist who covered Bob Marley and the Wailers in their heyday. In fact, she actually hung around the Reggae Roots collective in Jamaica and London during the tumult, joy and suffering that produced the album Exodus, which was voted the most important album of the 20th century by Time magazine. This book is in an in-depth, insider investigation into the circumstances, people and times that collaborated in the effort of bringing Exodus to fruition. This is a must read for true Marley fans, this book also delves on the spiritual, metaphysical and revolutionary aspect of Bob Marley and his music. One Love.