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So Much Things to Say

The Oral History of Bob Marley

Roger Steffens (Author)

With an Introduction by Linton Kwesi Johnson

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“Reggae’s chief eyewitness, dropping testimony on reggae’s chief prophet with truth, blood, and fire.” —Marlon James, Man Booker Prize–winning author

Renowned reggae historian Roger Steffens’s riveting oral history of Bob Marley’s life draws on four decades of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers, and confidants—many speaking publicly for the first time. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a “crucial voice” in the documentation of Marley’s legacy, Steffens spent years traveling with the Wailers and taking iconic photographs. Through eyewitness accounts of vivid scenes—the future star auditioning for Coxson Dodd; the violent confrontation between the Wailers and producer Lee Perry; the attempted assassination (and conspiracy theories that followed); the artist’s tragic death from cancer—So Much Things to Say tells Marley’s story like never before. What emerges is a legendary figure “who feels a bit more human” (The New Yorker).

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35592-5
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Steffens’s guiding hand draws a portrait with empathy and respect. [He] accepts the mystery inherent in any honest history, and the result is a landmark.” — Will Hermes, Rolling Stone

“Majestic.” — Elle

“Steffens identifies many more pieces of [Marley] than have ever before been put together in one book.” — Colin Grant, Guardian

“A complete portrait.… Calls on many voices to recall the one iconic voice.” — Los Angeles Times

“Compulsively readable, exquisitely researched.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“[So Much Things to Say] narrates the life of Marley from cradle to grave.… Steffens has been on the Marley case for decades, and he’s a crucial voice in this epic chorus.… Illuminating.” — Touré, New York Times Book Review

“If Bob Marley is Jesus in these times, Roger Steffens is Peter.” — Carlos Santana

So Much Things to Say is Steffens’s must-read/can’t-stop-reading account of Bob Marley’s historic career and his indelible achievements.” — Stephen Davis, author of Bob Marley and Reggae Bloodlines

“An invaluable insight into the life and times of one of the great pop culture figures of the twentieth century.… Endlessly fascinating.” — Robert Hilburn, author of Johnny Cash: The Life

“All true gospels are shaped by the accounts of eyewitnesses who walked with the one we speak of. Roger Steffens has collected these accounts and has given us a book of truths complicated by the bending of memory, motive and mystery. The effect is a fresh and renewed affirmation of Marley’s genius, humanity and mystique. This book is a triumph of the storytelling virtuosity of Jamaican people, and a testament to the care and glorious obsessions of Roger Steffens.” — Kwame Dawes, author of City of Bones: A Testament and Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius

“By far the most important and definitive book written about Bob Marley.” — Bruno Blum, musician, music historian, writer, artist and lecturer based in Paris

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