The Life Of Bob Marley Essay

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Bob Marley is the most well-known Reggae musician. He did many great things throughout his life. Bob Marley had messages in his song lyrics and did whatever it took for them to be heard. He also helped and inspired many of his fans, as well as his family. He was also one of the few people that helped start a new genre of music and a new band that sang it. Bob’s songs, and the story behind them, is what effected society. Bob Marley had a tough life but he still managed to become one of the most famous musicians ever. Bob Marley was an idol to many people because of the messages he expressed through his songs and how he did whatever it took to get those messages out, the fact that his songs helped people, and how he helped start a new genre of music.
Bob Marley was born with the name Nesta Robert Marley on February 6, 1945 in the small town of Rhoden Hall, St. Ann, Jamaica. (Paprocki 8) It is located in the north-central part of Jamaica. Bob’s religion was Rastafarian. Rastafarianism is a religion that is based on the beliefs of people, love, and unity. (Paprocki 3) Bob didn’t really know his father very well and lived with his mother most of his early childhood. When Bob was about 6 years old, he went to live with a family friend, an old, white woman named Mrs. Grey, in Kingston. (Paprocki 19, 20) Bob lived with Mrs. Grey for about one whole year. During this year, he would help her with anything that she needed help with. After that, he went back to St. Ann to live with his mother again. Years later, when Bob was around the age of 14, he dropped out of school. (Paprocki 30) Around that time is when he also started to fall in love with music and began his own music career. He helped create, and was a part of, a band called the Wailing Wailers, which was called simply the Wailers, and eventually, Bob Marley and the Wailers. Once he got started and had excellent early success with his music career, his mom immigrated to the U.S. in 1962 because she had a daughter named Pearl and the relationship that she had with Pearl’s father, Thaddeus Livingston, was over. (Paprocki 33, 34)
The Wailers auditioned in late December of 1963 and got signed by Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. (Paprocki 38, 39) For the seven years that the band was with Dodd, he paid them only about $60 per record. (Paprocki 41, 43) While all of this was going on, Bob met a girl and fell in love. Her name was Alvarita (Rita) Anderson. Bob and Rita Anderson got married on February 10, 1966. (Paprocki 46) Rita would soon be part of Bob’s back up singers who were called the I-Threes. Bob and Rita had 12 children. Five of these children were hers and the other 7 were the children of other women. (Paprocki 47) These women were Esther Anderson, Anita Belnavis, and Cindy Breakespeare. (Paprocki 71)
After getting married, Bob decided to go and live with his mother in Delaware. While he was in the United States, he had many different jobs. He worked as a lab assistant, he washed dishes, drove...

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