Like a lot of Jamaicans, he’s got great turns of phrase. They’ve got a very good way with language. All these wonderful neologisms and making up words the whole time and living language. I feel like Jamaica is a bit like Elizabethan England, when Shakespeare and Johnson were writing. It’s kind of like language is so fluid, and they just make up words all the time, and they’re playing. Which we’ve sort of lost, but Jamaica’s still like that. It’s kind of creative in the way they speak, and that’s what Bunny’s like.
— Kevin Macdonald, director of Marley (via studiono7)
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…there’s this spiritual bond to the music that you can’t quite put your finger on. But it’s there and it intrigues you.
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I was making this film The Last King of Scotland in Uganda six or seven years ago or something, and I went into the slum of Kampala and I realized there were so many people there listening to Bob, wearing Bob T-shirts, with murals of Bob up. And they treated him more like a kind of spiritual figure or a philosopher than merely a musician. And I realized that’s kind of a unique position. Nobody else in popular music has had that position. He is without parallel.
I don’t think anyone makes such a fuss about the fact that certain American rock stars—you could name many—were alcoholics for their entire career. Somehow that doesn’t come to dominate the way that people perceive them. And in that same way, it shouldn’t dominate, the ganja smoking shouldn’t dominate how people perceive Bob. it wasn’t who he was.
hm. interesting take on bob and the ganja.