Al Anderson at the rehearsal, trying to reach the best sound of the BMW music.
Photos: Klaus Ludes
interview - "war" and composing

"Ras Tafari delivered a speech at the United Nations Organization in 1968 in California. This speech was put into the song WAR. ('Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior...') ..."
"I think it was a great idea that Skill* brought to Bob's attention that the lyrical content was so powerful that it could be put into a song and he did. He just arranged it the way he wanted to have it heard."
"So the chords of the song were made by Bob Marley?"
"It was made by the band, pretty much, yeah, and Bob, with Bob's direction, yea."
(*Skill = Allan Cole was Bob Marley's friend who played in the national soccer team of Jamaica. In the seventies, Cole managed The Wailers for a while. Cole also founded the Tuff Gong record label.)
Listen to Al Anderson! (200 K)

"Most of the songs were composed by Bob Marley?"
"Let's say like 70 % of it was. Bob would write the songs and the band would write the music. A lot of times we would change chords and play other rhythms that he wasn't aware of, that was gonna be in the song."
Listen to Al Anderson! (130 K)

"He had the song idea and we would hear the song collectively and change it and make it as best as it could possibly be and he was with the best."
Listen to Al Anderson! (80 K)

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CLICK NEXT INTERVIEW TOPIC!

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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