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S&A UK: Screening Of “Bob Marley. The Making of The Legend” Next Week + Preview Trailer

You can read my lengthy look (HERE) at the many Bob Marley projects that have been been in development limbo over the last 12 years or so; though, most recently we announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (director of documentaries like One Day In September and Touching the Void) had signed on to direct Marley, a production that’s being put together with full cooperation of Marley’s family, taking over the Martin Scorsese/Jonathan Demme documentary that’s been passed around for awhile now.

That film will be released this fall, 2011, marking the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death in 1981.

However, those in the London will have the opportunity to see a work-in-progress Marley project titled, Bob Marley. The Making of The Legend. its story goes… “actress, photographer and filmmaker Esther Anderson created the blueprint of this film in 1973 as a kaleidoscope portrait of Bob Marley and the Wailers in Jamaica, constructing the union between Reggae and Rasta that launches the international career of the Wailers. Writing songs with Bob Marley and creating the image for the band, Esther’s original vision created a radical change of perception and consciousness both musically and socially around the world. Now, in collaboration with architect and filmmaker Gian Godoy, Esther revisits the making of the legend in modern Jamaica.

Screening will take place on March 19th, next week Saturday at BFI. Click HERE for ticket info.

Check out the preview below:

Bob Marley. The Making of The Legend from Trenhorne Films on Vimeo.

4 comments to S&A UK: Screening Of “Bob Marley. The Making of The Legend” Next Week + Preview Trailer

  • Lynn

    I am going to be brutally honest here and say i am tried of watching Bob Marley documentaries. I mean i would rather see a documentary based on another “reggae” icon like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer or even DJ KOOL HERC who invented “scratching” and brought it to the south bronx, nyc. It is so redundant to see Bob Marley docs one after the other many Jamaicans know that “reggae” music had a lot of stars Bob Marley wasn’t the first to create reggae music. It just so happened that he had a great exec behind his career by the name of Chris Blackwell. Who believed that Bob Marley would sell because he was a light-skin “bi-racial” musician vs. Peter Tosh who is dark-skin and is by far a better singer in my opinion.

    I can’t wait to see the Upsetter about Lee Scratch Perry that’s a man who invented dub music you don’t hear about every day.

    • sarina

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Except for the scratching component. DJ Kool Herc is one of THE Godfathers of hiphop, but he didn’t invent scratching. That was actually DJ Grand Wizard Theodore who invented the scratching technique by accident in 1975. While Grandmaster Flash brought that technique out into the forefront.

      However, you are so right they do need to celebrate a more diverse array of Jamaican artists and even more women…since this is International Women’s Month…

      And I def. can’t wait to see the Lee Scratch Perry joint!!

      • Lynn

        I have you read the book “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” by author Jeff Chang? I recommend reading it is about the history of hip-hop and it discusses everything from politics, society and media.

        It discusses DJ Kool Herc bringing in a blueprint for hip-hop and also talks about “toasting” which is “free styling” today it was in Kingston, Jamaica before it hit the Bronx NYC in the 1970′s.

        I don’t mean to write a history lessson i just wanted to tell you a little bit about Jamaica’s connection w/ hip-hop music.

  • Sarina

    Lynn, I have read the book and several others as well. I was only clarifying the fact about scratching which is different from toasting (which is definitely a Jamacican , namely DJ Kool Herc contribution). I know all about Jamaica’s and DJ Kool Herc’s #1 influence and creation of hiphop, but hiphop is not scratching (it is a part of) (hence calling him one of THE Godfathers of hiphop–above). I grew up with hiphop and I am just as old as hiphop is. I wasn’t really debating the origin of hiphop but paying homage to the rightful creator/inventor of scratching. I hope you aren’t inferring from my above post that I was discrediting DJ Kool Herc for his major role, for without him hiphop may not even be…so, just trying to be clear that you know I lived in the history (as I am assuming you did to) your are referring to. But we can also agree to disagree, however check and see about that I very well could be wrong… Peace