Photos: Götz Ludes, CRI
interview - bob marley as a politician?

"I remember the One Love Peace Concert in 1978*.
"Oh yeah, it was great. (...) It was cool."
"I have it on video."
"Really!?"
"It was strong, strong. What did you feel when Bob Marley took the Prime Minister Manley and the other opposition leader together on stage and made them shake hands..."
"I thought he was really brave. Yeah, it was a very honorable thing he did. Because maybe they'd never even touched hands for maybe years, you know!"
(*The two political parties were fighting for predominance in Jamaica. Street-fighting in the ghettos, state of martial law. Bob wanted to calm down the situation.)
Listen to Al Anderson! (280 K)

"It was a real tough time for politics then and Bob was trying to change order. I think that if he'd had enough time that he could have run for an office and held a respectable place in politics in Jamaica..."
Listen to Al Anderson! (100 K)

"...which would have been great for the government, because then Rasta would have had, like, a representative. They could see their views and understand them and change the laws of,- like, maybe, legalization of herb* or decriminalizing it. There's a lot of things that he could have been responsible for if he had just a little bit more time... ."
(*herb = marijuana)
Listen to Al Anderson! (180 K)

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HOW COULD THAT MUSIC GROW SO BIG:
"It was Bob's plan!"

LOVE AND PEACE AND POLITICS:
"Bob could have been a politician!"

MATERIALISM:
"The music influences the peoples' minds!"

VIOLENCE:
"If I had to fight I would!"

THE SONG "WAR" and COMPOSING:
"A great idea of Bob's friend 'Skill' !"

THE "REDEMPTION SONG"
"Wia Lindo had a lot to do with that song!"

AL ANDERSON, LEAD GUITAR:
"We wanted to help develop the music!"

AL ANDERSON about RASTAFARI:
"I'm more of a buddhist myself!"

ROOTS REGGAE:
"Everybody could identify with!"

PERCUSSION:
"Five people around certain microphones!"

PETER TOSH and BUNNY WAILER:
"Maybe they all gonna come back together!"

WOMEN'S LIBERATION:
"Women are equally intelligent as men!"

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