During the 1970’s, the music world was on the rise. One of the greatest and most memorable acts of that time period is Bob Marley. Bob Marley, was a reggae artist who came from Jamaica. He changed the face of music during the 1970’s, and made reggae into a mainstream music form. The reason he was able to bring such music into the forefront was because of his decision in 1972 to sign with CBS records. It was at CBS Records that Bob Marley was able to meet Chris Blackwell, the owner of Island records, who immediately saw the potential in Bob Marley. Chris Blackwell understood that music needed a new sound in order to sell more records, and generally Chris Blackwell was dealing with rock groups. The sound of rock was (and still is) a rebel sound, and Marley was definitely a rebel.
Bob grew up in a small Jamaican ghetto called Trenchtown, a very dangerous part of Jamaica. It was here the Bob started to see the troubles in the world and his communities, after he started to learn how to play guitar, it was here that he started to write songs that would discuss these problems. Bob Marley was also very religious, and you could hear the influences of his religion Rastafari, with in his songs. “Give thanks and praise to the Lord, And I will feel all right;” is what his lyrics say in the song One Love, but Chris Blackwell didn’t the religious side of Marley, he needed the rebel side that was mad at the troubles in the world. Subsequently, two of Marley’s band members, who were also devote Rastafari, quit the band because they believed the direction the band was going did not line up with “God’s will”. Yet Bob stuck with it, and kept opening for major acts, and even though he died at a very early age, as we can see he is sill recognized and listened to today.
His move to be marketed as a rock act may not have set well with his other band members, but at the end of the day, Marley was able to live his life as he wanted, and still keep playing music.