Bob Marley Mural (Stéphane Damour/Flickr).
Bob Marley would have been 74 were he alive today, yet the iconic singer died from cancer on May 11, 1981. Marley – who survived an assassination attempt just five years prior to his death – was placed in a mausoleum atop a hill in his birth village of Nine Mile, his coffin painted and containing his red Gibson Les Paul guitar, a Bible opened to Psalm 23, and a stalk of ganja. His resting place followed a public and private funeral (the former drew 100,000 people) – a testament to the man whose music and ideology united a fractious Jamaica and brought the deeply rooted politics of reggae to the world.
Most of the world celebrates Bob Marley for spearheading reggae into the pantheon of mainstream music through albums like Exodus, Catch a Fire, and African Herbsman — not to mention historic…
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