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So Much Things to Say

The Oral History of Bob Marley


Roger Steffens (Author)

With an Introduction by Linton Kwesi Johnson

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The world’s leading reggae scholar spent forty years interviewing Bob Marley and his closest confidants. This is the definitive telling of Bob Marley’s life.

Roger Steffens toured with Bob Marley for two weeks of his final tour of California in 1979 and the music icon was the first guest of Steffens’ award-winning radio show. In So Much Things To Say, Steffens draws on a lifetime of scholarship to tell the story of Marley’s childhood abandonment, his formative years in Trench Town, his seemingly meteoric rise to international fame and his tragic death at 36. Weaving together the voices of Rita Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer—as well as band members, family and friends—Steffens reveals extraordinary new details, dispels myths and highlights the most dramatic elements of Marley’s life; his psychic abilities and his overriding commitment to the peace and love message of Rastafari. This landmark work will reshape our understanding of this legendary performer.


“If Bob Marley is Jesus in these times, Roger Steffens is Peter.” — Carlos Santana

“... absorbing oral history... So Much Things to Say is a major work that helps us better understand Marley's tragic yet inspirational tale.” — Mojo

“... absorbing "oral history"... So Much Things to Say is a fitting tribute to the tumultuous life and complex character of the country’s favourite son.” — The Observer

So Much Things to Say, an 'oral' account of Marley's life and times, amounts to an absorbing alternative biography.” — The Spectator

“Steffens identifies many more pieces of the man than have ever before been put together in one book.” — The Guardian

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