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BOB MARLEY’S INCREDIBLE LIFE IN ICONIC PICTURES!

As a new documentary film hits cinema screens, we’ve dug into our archives for this collection of revealing photos of the reggae legend

Marley and me: The new film features interviews with his family and friends
Marley and me: The new film features interviews with his family and friends

Three decades on from the death of Bob Marley, his amazing public and private life has been documented in a new film.

The Jamaican musician popularised reggae music with tracks like I Shot The Sheriff, No Woman No Cry and One Love while shifting tens of millions of albums.

But it was the message he brought to the world – poltiical, social and spiritual – which means he’s revered as a prophet rather than only a musician.

The epic biographical documentary Marley is an admirably frank warts-and-all look at his life rare featuring footage and revelatory interviews with his friends and family.

From his youth in rural Jamaica to emergence as a musical icon and eventual death from cancer at 36 in May 1981, it is a fascinating tale of a great musician.

And we’ve dug into our archives for this collection of revealing photos of the reggae legend – both on stage and intimate behind-the-scenes shots.

Bob Marley and the Wailers on The Old Grey Whistle Test
1973: On the Old Grey Whistle Test
Rex
Bob Marley
Circa 1970: Bob Marley black and white photo
Getty
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
Circa 1974: Marley on stage
Getty
Bob Marley arriving at Birmingham Odeon
1974: Arriving at Birmingham Odeon
Redferns
Bob Marley
1975: In reflective mood
Rex
Bob Marley
1975: In the studio
Rex
Bob Marley and Aston 'Family Man' Barrett
1975: Marley and Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett of the Wailers
Rex
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
1975: Dreadlocks in motion
Getty
Bob Marley
1975: One Love star on stage
Rex
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
!975: Action shot on stage
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Bob Marley is seen in September 1976
September 1976: Iconic image
Bob Marley is seen in September 1976
Bob Marley performs live on stage with the Wailers in The Hague, Holland
1976: On stage with the Wailers in The Hague, Holland
Redferns
Bob Marley
1976: Marley on stage with the Wailers in Voorburg, Holland
Redferns
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) outside Marylebone Magistrates Court in London, where he was fined £50 for possession of cannabis
6 April 1977: Outside Marylebone Magistrates Court in London, where he was fined £50 for possession of cannabis.
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Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
3 June 1977: Marley in London
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Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) performs live on stage in June 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon
June 1977: At the Hammersmith Odeon
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Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
June 1977: Marley in London
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Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
1977: Portrait photo
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Bob Marley
1978: Three years before his death
Rex
Bob Marley playing with his hair
1978: Being interviewed by the Mirror
MSI
Bob Marley
1978: Another Mirror interview photo
Daily Mirror
Bob Marley
1979: In red, gold and green colours
Rex
1979
1979: Performing on stage
AP
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
Late 1970s: On stage, microphone in hand
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Cindy Breakspeare Miss World with singer Bob Marley
Late 1970s: Cindy Breakspeare Miss World with singer Bob Marley
Yorkshire Television
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981
1980: Stirring it up on stage
Getty
Bob Marley
1980: Jamming with guitar
Rex
Bob Marley taken at the Crystal Palace Bowl
1980: At the Crystal Palace Bowl
PA
Bob Marley
1980: In the passenger seat
Rex
Bob Marley
1981: With guitar and rasta hat
Rex
Bob Marley
Undated: Smiling star
Rex
Bob Marley
Undated: His image has become iconic
Channel 4
Bob Marley
Undated: In beret-style hat
PA
Bob Marley
Undated: Big smile in this portrait
BBC Two
Bob Marley
Undated: Looking more serious 

Martin Scorsese originally signed up to direct Marley but the project was later taken on by Touching The Void and The Last King of Scotland film-maker Kevin Macdonald.

He said he wasn’t worried about working with Bob Marley’s family on his documentary about the reggae legend.

The  filmmaker said he hopes that Marley is the definitive documentary of the musician, and that it being “authorised” doesn’t detract from its clarity.

“You can’t worry about that if you’re trying to be impartial, if you’re trying to be honest,” he said of collaborating with the Marleys.

“In a way we worked together and in another way we didn’t.

“Because I was in London and (Marley’s oldest son Ziggy) lives in LA and some of the other family is in Florida and places, we didn’t actually see that much of each other while making the film.”

Ziggy added: “For all these years, I’ve seen so many things on Bob and I always felt like: ‘Who are these people talking about Bob and writing about Bob?'”

The film is out now.

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