Ziggy Marley on his father, Bob Marley: ‘If he were alive now he’d be a charity worker’

Ziggy Marley on his father, Bob Marley: ‘If he were alive now he’d be a charity worker’

The king of reggae’s son tells Clive Davis how he’s nostalgic for his dad’s gentle music, as a new book about the singer comes out

Bob Marley performing at the Crystal Palace Bowl, London, in 1980
Bob Marley performing at the Crystal Palace Bowl, London, in 1980
To anyone who grew up with his music, it seems hard to believe that Bob Marley would have turned 75 this year. The king of reggae was only 36 when he succumbed to cancer in 1981. And when you bear in mind that the album that most people associate with him, Exodus, only appeared in 1977, you realise how fleeting his reign really was.

The pictures in Bob Marley: Portrait of the Legend, a new book from the upmarket publisher Rizzoli, span a short period. Chosen by one of his sons, Ziggy — a singer-songwriter in his own right — all were taken between 1976 and 1980. It was an extraordinarily prolific phase. And today the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers is everywhere all over the globe.

His charity work and love for his music lovers around the world is extraordinary.

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