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Bob Marley: Herald of a Postcolonial Worldby Jason Toynbee
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Is Bob Marley the only third world superstar? How did he achieve this unique status? In this captivating new study of one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, Jason Toynbee sheds new light on issues such as Marley’s contribution as a musician and public intellectual, how he was granted access to the global media system, and what his music means in cultural and political terms.
Tracing Marley’s life and work from Jamaica to the world stage, Toynbee suggests that we need to understand Marley first and foremost as a ‘social author’. Trained in the co-operative yet also highly competitive musical laboratory of downtown Kingston, Marley went on to translate reggae into a successful international style. His crowning achievement was to mix postcolonial anger and hope with Jamaican textures and beats to produce the first world music.
However the period since his death has been marked by brutal and intensifying inequality in the capitalist world system. There is an urgent need, then, to reconsider the nature of his legacy. Toynbee does this in the concluding chapters, weighing Marley’s impact as advocate of human emancipation against his marginalisation as a ‘Natural Mystic’ and pretext for disengagement from radical politics.
MICHAEL H. HYMAN was the founder of GH Asset Management, Ltd, London, England, a firm specializing in global fixed income asset management. The firm's primary interest is the development of international portfolios of government debt instruments and the use of derivative instruments to manage associated financial risks. Clients include pension funds, corporations, banks, local governments, reinsurance companies and insurance firms. Mr Hyman's global fixed income performance track record was consistently in the top one percentile and ranked number one in 1992, 1993, 1995 & 1996 by the PIPER Performance Measurement Service, (reported by Pensions and Investments). A prolific writer and popular speaker, Mr Hyman has led seminars and training programs for investment bankers and money managers worldwide. He has recently founded a new venture, Global Financial Risk Solutions, a financial engineering company. He completed his undergraduate studies from the University of Miami and his postgraduate studies and economic research from the London School of Economics.
About the Author
Jason Toynbee is Lecturer in Media Studies in the Department of Sociology at the Open University.
Table of Contents
1 How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Marley? 7
2 Nesta Marley and Colonial Jamaica 37
3 Bob Marley at the Reggae Conjuncture 72
4 Standing Up and Finally Being Counted 114
5 Up On the Rock, Chanting Down Babylon 153
6 After Bob 196
Discography and Filmography 232
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