So Much Things to Say : The Oral History of Bob Marley
Roger Steffens toured with Bob Marley for two weeks of his final tour of California in 1979 and the music icon was the first guest of Steffens' award-winning radio show. In So Much Things To Say, Steffens draws on a lifetime of scholarship to tell the story of Marley's childhood abandonment, his formative years in Trench Town, his seemingly meteoric rise to international fame and his tragic death at 36. Weaving together the voices of Rita Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer-as well as band members, family and friends-Steffens reveals extraordinary new details, dispels myths and highlights the most dramatic elements of Marley's life; his psychic abilities and his overriding commitment to the peace and love message of Rastafari. This landmark work will reshape our understanding of this legendary performer.
- Hardback | 464 pages
- 168 x 244 x 38mm | 810g
- 01 May 2018
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"Steffens identifies many more pieces of the man than have ever before been put together in one book." -- The Guardian "So Much Things to Say, an 'oral' account of Marley's life and times, amounts to an absorbing alternative biography." -- The Spectator "... absorbing "oral history"... So Much Things to Say is a fitting tribute to the tumultuous life and complex character of the country's favourite son." -- The Observer "... absorbing oral history... So Much Things to Say is a major work that helps us better understand Marley's tragic yet inspirational tale." -- Mojo "If Bob Marley is Jesus in these times, Roger Steffens is Peter." -- Carlos Santana
About Roger Steffens
Roger Steffens is the world's leading reggae historian, and former co-host of the award-winning radio program Reggae Beat. His programs on Marley's life have been presented at the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, among other venues. He lives in Los Angeles, California.