Publication Date: November 2003
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Twenty years after Bob Marley's untimely death he remains a powerful worldwide presence. His music is at the top of the reggae charts, while his memory is indelibly etched in the minds of millions of his followers. In the last two years of his life Marley underwent a dramatic change, becoming a gentler and more philosophical version of himself. He also met photographer Bruce Talamon, to whom he granted unprecedented access, both on the stage and off. The result is this remarkable visual record, which, paired with Roger Steffens's sensitive text tracing Marley's life from his youth in Jamaica to worldwide acceptance, captures (in the words of the late Timothy White's introduction) "the private warmth, social equanimity, zealous determination...and personal magnetism" of Bob Marley.
About the AuthorBruce W. Talamon has shot for Time, among his many other projects.
Timothy White is one of the most sought-after celebrity photographers in the country. His work has appeared in some of the most recognizable movie posters of our time, the covers of countless high-profile publications, and dozens of album covers for an extraordinary roster of musicians. He is the author of Portraits (2001), Indian Larry (2006), and Hollywood Pinups (2008). He lives in New York City.
Roger Steffens is a columnist, editor, and writer.