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Bob Marley – Photo of The Week

Bob Marley, Milan, Italy, 1980

Bob Marley is the subject for Photo of The Week. Photography is all about access and this photographer captures a moment that people rarely get to see.  Marley is backstage waiting to perform in Milan, Italy in 1980.   

Musician and Advocate

Besides being a musician, he’s an advocate for social change.  Marley created beautiful music while allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance.  As for his music, although Marley was enthusiastic about music from a very young age, he had disappointing record sales as a solo artist with his first singles, “Judge Not” and “One Cup of Coffee”. He then decided to collaborate with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to create “The Wailers.” This group later became known as “Bob Marley and the Wailers” and achieved international fame. The group made Bob Marley a household name and brought worldwide attention to Jamaican culture, Reggae music and the Rastafari movement.  

His Legacy

Considered the patron saint of Reggae, he produced mellow island beats that spread the message of peace, love and positive vibes.  Furthermore, Bob Marley was reggae’s foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all.  Though the Wailers were popular in Jamaica, it was not until the group signed with Chris Blackwell’s Island Records in the early Seventies that they finally capture an international audience. Their first recordings for Island, Catch a Fire (1973) and Burnin’ (1973), were hard-hitting albums full of what critic Robert Christgau called Marley’s “melodic propaganda.” The latter contained “I Shot the Sheriff.” Reggae aficionado Eric Clapton’s version of the song went to #1 in 1974, which further carried the name of Marley and the Wailers beyond their Jamaican home base. 

Meanwhile, Marley’s music continues to find an audience. With sales of more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. Legend, a best-of spanning the Island Records years (1972-1981) remains the best-selling album by a Jamaican artist and the best-selling reggae album in history.  For more info about Bob Marley check out: http://www.bobmarley.com/

The Photographer 

Lynn Goldsmith considers herself a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. Others have considered her to be a pioneer in numerous areas of the arts as well as in business.  She is the founder of the first photo agency which focused on celebrity portraiture, representing over two hundred worldwide photographers. Established in 1976, when news photography was what photo agencies focused on. Lynn knew beforehand that the magazine appetite would change from world events to coverage of the biggest names in movies and music.

The wide range of Lynn’s talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she holds constant. Creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns, busting through fear, taking risks, and persistently working hard toward your goals. If the individual wants to maximize their potential for a full life these are the rules.  For more information about this amazing woman, check out her website: https://lynngoldsmith.com/wordpress/

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