我不会’t call myself a true fan of Bob 马利, yet I can always appreciate music that comes from the heart. Kevin McDonald’长达两个半小时的纪录片“Marley” covers pretty much all of Bob 马利’从牙买加的开始一直到结束。
While watching the 记录 , I caught myself thinking that this was the first time I heard Bob 马利 talking, and not just singing. Add the accent, and you can thank the makers of the film for adding subtitles, since its sometimes really hard to understand what Jamaicans are talking.
“Marley” did reveal a lot of things about the legendary musician that I did not know. One of such things was that 马利’s father was…white! Yes, supposedly Norval 马利 was a Brit, and he served in the army, during that time he met Bob’s mother, and and so on. 马利, in fact, was constantly teased as a child, for being “a mix”。他从来没有真正克服它。
After the release of 马利’s first song “Judge Not” in 1962, the producers wanted to name him Adam 马利, instead of Robert. Needless to say, 马利 refused such change. In 1963 a band called “Bob 马利 and the Wailers” was established.
“Marley” 记录 brings up interesting details about how Bob and his newly established band were singing. Interestingly, 马利’的第一个录音没有’卖不出去，所以他和他的乐队起初是在酒吧，咖啡馆甚至在墓地为朋友唱歌！
While 马利 and his band were getting more and more popular in Jamaica, they were mostly unknown for the rest of the world, and the gained popularity didn’也没有很好的回报–大部分收入都流向了制片人或制片人。
An interesting period of 马利’s life, when he decides to leave the group and go to the U.S. to meet his mother (who left him in Jamaica years earlier, and left for the U.S.) is also covered in the 记录 , as various people that were around 马利 are interviewed (his wife Rita, some of his children, and some of his band members as well).
— Bob 马利 was a vegetarian (not covered in 记录 ).
— In July 1977, 马利 was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of one of his toes. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match in that year, but was instead a symptom of the already existing cancer (documentary says the opposite).
— 马利 was in a relationship with Miss Jamaica 1979! In total, Bob had 11 children from 7 different relationships.
— Documentary shows some rare photos of 马利 with “Jackson Five”1970年代中期与Stevie Wonder在牙买加举行的联合音乐会。
— — One of 马利’s most famous songs “Sun is Shining”这部纪录片根本没有涉及。“Sun is Shining” –鲍勃·马利的一首歌&哭泣者乐队最初出现在1971年由李·佩里（Lee Perry）制作的专辑《灵魂革命》（Soul Revolution）中，然后在1973年出现在《非洲草药人》（African Herbsman）中。马利后来在1978年的专辑《卡亚》中重新录制了这首歌。 1999年，雷鬼音乐融合“鲍勃·马利（Bob 马利）对阵Funkstar De Luxe”在美国舞蹈榜上排名第一，在英国单曲榜上排名第三，并被广泛认为是导致雷鬼融合流行的歌曲之一。
— — The 记录 has no narration, everything is told directly through people that knew 马利, or Bob himself.
The film also tells about some very heart-breaking stories about assassination attempt on 马利’一生中，在暴力动乱和其他情况下，他如何在牙买加的一场音乐会上表演。韩元’不要在这里破坏一切。
Despite being a treat for Bob 马利 fans, the 记录 does have a couple of flaws. One of such, in my personal opinion, is that while showing most of 马利’的歌曲，关于他最受欢迎的歌曲之一，一无所获“Sun is Shining”.
Another flaw is that the whole 记录 has very little of archive footage of Bob himself doing interviews. There is some footage of 马利 at concerts, but very few of him actually speaking about things and not singing. For a nearly 3 hour 记录 , this was a letdown.
但是，即使您’re not a 马利 or Reggae fan. Keep in mind – 马利 used to gather tens of thousands of people at stadiums without any of today’的促销技巧，没有任何酷炫的特效等。