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Get Up, Stand Up: The Influence Of Bob Marley

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Transcript of Get Up, Stand Up: The Influence Of Bob Marley

Bob Marley
Influential musician

Advocate for peace and prosperity
His music paves pathways for many political and social movements

Where words fail, music speaks,” Hans Christian Anderson

The Doors--"The Unknown Soldier" (1968)
Bob Dylan--"Masters of War" (1963)
Jimi Hendrix- Machine Gun (1970)


6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981
Reggae artist
The Wailers (disbanded in 1974)
Solo artist 1975-1981
Firm believer in Rastafarianism
Protest music


Nine Mile, Saint Anne
Mother: St. Anne Native Cedella Marley
Father: Capt. Of British Royal Marines Norval Marley


My fadda was a guy yunno, from England here, yunno?  Him was like…like you can read
it yunno, it’s one o’dem slave stories: white guy get the black woman and breed her.  He’s an English guy…I t’ink.  Cos me see him one time yunno.  My mother?  My Mother African”, (Salewicz 47).

His radio
Spiritual music
(common misconception that his inspiration was Ray Charles & other blues artists)

Until 1:56
Video interview


The Wailers

Left school at 14 to make music and there him and Bunny met Peter Tosh
‘Catch a Fire’ was released in 1973
Eric Clapton's cover of "I Shot the Sheriff "
Jamaican in the mid 1900's
Before independence, strict shift from agricultural to urban lifestyle
the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP)
the People's National Party (PNP)
"To Nesta, conditions in the Jamaica of the 1950's, when compared with his history lessons, appeared to have changed very little since the early days" (White 130).
Get Up, Stand Up: The Influence Of Bob Marley

Nature in Jamaica
Cane River
Up a cane river to wash my dread
Upon a rock I rest my head
There I vision through the seas of oppression
Don't make my life a prison
We come from Trench Town
Bunny Livingston
Never opened up to media about inspiration
Peace and Positivity
Holy Herb
valued for its psychological powers
"when you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself"- B.M.
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction” -B.M.
He had this idea. It was kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you could cure racism and hate... literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people's lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. When they asked him why - He said, "The people, who were trying to make this world worse... are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness."- Neville
Protest Music
Audiences began to be drawn to the idea of fighting against political and social injustice

Bob Dylan
The Times They Are a-Changin'
Anthem for the frustrated youth
"There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’ / it’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls / for the times they are a-changin'"
Oh We Protestin'

Monterey Pop and Jazz Festival in 1967
Hendrix lit his White Fender guitar on fire
Hoped for a concert of music and peace, ended in political riots
How did he compare/differ from these artists?
Worldly figure, not only fighting for his beliefs
Universal lyrics
Lyrics n' Politricks
Independence Concert
Used lyrics to express their desire to end minority rule
"It takes a revolution to make a solution, too much confusion, so much frustration", Zimbabwe felt encouraged to overthrow their government
April 18, 1980
Never saw himself as a politically influential person
Performed at the Independence festivities
Refugees from Sierra Leone
"being prisoners all the days of their lives" (Richmond 23)
"When two elephants are fighting, the grass dem' a-suffer." African Proverb
How Marley Effected:
Only had access to radio
The Refugee All-Stars
Affecting small towns in present day:
In 2011, Occupy Wall Street protestors chanted lyrics from Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”
Bob's lyrics come into play in times where optimism is needed most

What makes Bob such an influential person? Does he deserve the praise he receives?
“I don't stand for the black man's side, I don' t stand for the white man's side. I stand for God's side.” -Bob Marley

Racist bullying effected his outlook on life and lyrics
Musical inspiration
Bob's take on his Genre
Outcome in Zimbabwe
As many as 75,000 people were killed by 1999
Tribute to Marley

"One of the objectives for music is to speak for people; Bob did that" - Reuben Koroma

until 1:22
Marley: The Love Guru
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that
you’ve never shared with another soul
and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. ...They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself.
Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough
, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.
Colours seem brighter and more brilliant
. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. (Marley 45).
Start 1:00
Is this Love
Bob Marley and the Wailers (1978)
No Woman, No Cry
Bob Marley and the Wailers (1974)
Lyrics speak about love
Many civil rights protests express their determination through Bob Marley's lyrics and his ideology that governments are suppressing mental peace and freedom. Not only an influential musician, Marley was a major advocate for peace and positivity. His lyrics have contributed to the platforms for many political and social movements.
Marley's Death:
"Bob is of a small stature, but when I hear him talk, he talk big. When it comes to the feelings and reactions I get from Bob, it was always too spiritual to even mention or talk about. Even from when he was a small child coming up." -Cedella Marley
"Early on, there were signs that the child had been born with a poet's understanding of life, an asset in a land like Jamaica, where metaphysical curiosities are a fact of life."
Salewicz 29.
Young Bob
Trench Town

Kevin Macdonald
Documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley
"Making a definitive biographical film about Marley, the reggae superstar, who died of cancer in 1981, has always been problematic, plagued by a shortage of archival footage, disagreements over music publishing, and the fact that Marley had 11 children by seven women and never wrote a will."
"'This is not a fiction, not a fantasy,'” she (Rita Marley) said by phone. “It’s reality.”
(Anderson 1).
"This has got to be the granddaddy of all protest songs. Positive, uplifting, and peaceful, the late Bob shows us what it means to really believe in something and fight for it. What a hopeful message to finish off our playlist with!"

Read more: Playlistin’: Top 10 Song Lyrics For #OccupyWallStreet | MetroLyrics
Southern FLA wanted to express their appreciation

"Whenever I think of Bob, I just want to be real"

MAY 11th 1981
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
White (34).
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there.
Love hard when there is love to be had.
Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
Don't Worry, He's Realistic:
What is Reggae?
"Bob Marley was reggae’s foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all corners of the globe. His extraordinary body of work embraces the stylistic spectrum of modern Jamaican music - from ska to rock steady to reggae - while carrying the music to another level as a social force with universal appeal. "
Primary Source
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll and society.
Mr. Schuchat :)
History of the time
Connecting it to the Vietnam War

Rebecca Schwartz
Discussed the exhibit
His induction process
Reggae music is soulful entertainment; it’s a powerful social force that represents the pressures of everyday life and puts them into words that describe, reveal and persuade the people that listen to its powerful messages. The music originated from confrontation and struggle, it’s based on freedom and never giving up.
(Sherman 3)
The promising attitude, progressive political ideologies, and spiritual outlook of Bob Marley
"The Rasta’s have also made many other colorful transformations, which express their views of society. “Oppression” becomes “downpression” to signify the direction of the struggle. Language can also be used to express dislike for certain persons or institutions."
(Chevannes 6).
Rasta's don't hate government
Today the Rastafarian movement has about one million followers all over the world. In Jamaica about 5 % of the population are Rastafarians.
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
So arm in arms, with arms, we'll fight this little struggle,
'Cause that's the only way we can overcome our little trouble.
Africans a-liberate (Zimbabwe), yeah.

No more internal power struggle;
We come together to overcome the little trouble.
Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary,
'Cause I don't want my people to be contrary.
“When Bob saw us the next day he smiled and said 'now we know who are the real revolutionaries.'" -Rita Marley

(White 126).
Grammys 2013
Interactive :)
Count off by 6
Each group will get two poster's
With the first poster, choose one Bob Marley song, interpret the lyrics, and create a protest poster addressing the topic the song is about.
With the second poster, think of a song that was recently released that has significant political influence (along the lines of what Obama's video addressed) and make a protest sign addressing topic the song is about.
What do you already know about Bob Marley? From the video you watched last night, what else have you learned?
Works Cited
Alleyne, Mike. "Caribbean Studies." JSTOR. N.p., 1994. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
"Bob Marley - Early Life." Bobmarley.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
"Bob and Rastafarian Beliefs." Bobmarley.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Candaele, Kerry. "The Sixties and Protest Music." The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Chevannes Barry. Rastafari: roots and ideology. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1994.
Dylan, Bob. "The Times They Are A-Changin' Lyrics." - Bob Dylan. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Marley, Bob. "Get Up, Stand Up Lyrics." - Bob Marley. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Marley, Bob. "Positive Vibration Lyrics." - Bob Marley. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Marley, Bob. ""Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" Lyrics - BOB MARLEY." BOB MARLEY Lyrics. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Marqusee, Mike. "The Politics of Bob Dylan." Red Pepper. N.p., Nov. 2003. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Murrell, Samuel Nathaniel, William David Spencer, Adrian Anthony McFarlane and Clinton Chisholm, eds. Chanting down Babylon: the Rastafari reader. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.
Salewicz, Chris. Bob Marley: The Untold Story. New York: Faber and Faber, 2010. Print.
"The Bob Marley Influence and Legacy." Bobmarley.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
White, Timothy. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983. Print.

Legacy Lives on through his children
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