Soul Rebel

An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley

Written By: Chris Murray, David Burnett, Chris Salewicz
In 1976, while on assignment in Jamaica for Time magazine, David Burnett photographed Bob Marley for the first time, and Burnett became so entranced by Marley’s charisma that he continued to document the reggae king throughout his groundbreaking European “Exodus” tour. Burnett’s vision, coupled with Marley’s larger-than-life charisma, resulted in an amazing collection of images, only a handful of which appeared in the Time article. The other photos—more than 200 in all—appear for the first time in Soul Rebel.

This stunning visual biography offers a rare look at Marley’s personal life in Jamaica, as well as the exodus from his home country that culminated in his tragic death in 1981. Though it focused on Marley, Burnett’s work also canvassed a wide array of up-and-coming reggae talents, providing striking early looks at Peter Tosh, Lee Scratch Perry, Burning Spear, and Ras Michael. Compelling and incomparably candid, Soul Rebel is a remarkable testament to the legacy of a legend.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 2/1/2009
ISBN: 9781933784267
Pages: 200
Trim Size: 9.25 x 12.75

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Chris Murray, : Chris Murray co-curated the exhibition The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Legendary Botanist Richard Evans Schultes with Wade Davis at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and together, they edited Schultes’s remarkable photographs for publication in The Lost Amazon. He has organized more than two hundred and fifty exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide and is the author of over fifteen books on visual culture. He also is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC.

David Burnett, Author: Named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography" by American Photo magazine, David Burnett launched his photo-journalist career at Time magazine in 1967. From 1970 to 1972, he covered the Vietnam War as a staff photographer for Life magazine. In 1975, he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York. Traveling to more than 75 countries, Burnett has produced photographic essays for Time, Life, Fortune, The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and many others. His famous photos of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson during the CIA leak captured national attention, his work in Vietnam exposed the grueling trials of a seemingly endless war, and his candids inside the White House and campaign trail shots of American Presidents since JFK have characterized the pressures of the job. His awards include “Magazine Photographer of the Year” from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the “World Press Photo of the Year,” and the Robert Capa Award from the Overseas Press Club, to name but a few.

Chris Salewicz, Contributor: Chris Salewicz has been writing on popular culture, particularly reggae and other world music, for more than 20 years. He was a senior features writer for NME, has written for The Sunday Times, The Face, and Q Magazine and wrote the authorized book Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom (with photographer Adrian Boot), and Rude Boy, a memoir about his relationship with the island of Jamaica, among many other books. Salewicz edited the book contained in the award-winning 4-CD box set Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music, and cowrote the script for the 1999 movie Third World Cop, which broke Jamaican box office records.