Bob Marley, Junior Marvin, and David Burnett

by Chris Murray on April 16, 2012

Last Tuesday night I saw the new documentary feature film Marley, about the life journey of Bob Marley… it was brilliant. Jah Rastafari!

I asked guitarist extraordinaire, Junior Marvin, Marley’s lead guitarist from 1977 until his death in 1981, to join me along with photojournalist extraordinaire David Burnett, whose photographs of Bob Marley are featured in his book Soul Rebel and Bob Marley. Junior Marvin, the british Jimi Hendrix, is featured in the film, as are many of his rare photographs of Bob Marley and his scene. Other remarkable on-camera interviews include Rita Marley, Bunny Wailer, Cindy Breakspeare, and Ziggy Marley, among others. Burnett’s photos are also featured in the documentary film. We were all deeply moved by the movie. Kudos to Steve Bing and Kevin Macdonald for this great document of the ‘Tuff Gong’. Thanks to Jennice Fuentes, cultural critic extraordinaire, for inviting me and my guests to this special screening. You might enjoy reading the New York Times story about the film from April 8th.

Junior Marvin and Chris Murray being photographed by David Burnett at the E Street Cinema, Washington, DC. Copyright ©Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.

Soul Rebel (Insight Editions, 2009), recently published in paperback; Bob Marley (Insight Edtions, 2012).

The I Threes, Bob Marley, and Junior Marvin, Exodus Tour, Paris, 1977.Copyright ©David Burnett. All Rights Reserved.

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    • Diane Seeger

      A friend shared tickets but I was shut out…very disappointed. I remember your Bob Marley exhibit at Govinda which I thoroughly enjoyed! I enjoy your updates…all exciting! Thanks! Diane Seeger

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