Celebrate the 70th Birthday of legendary indie pioneer & leader, Bob Marley

When one looks at the depth of Bob Marley's life, music and beliefs, it is clear he was a true indie leader of the Rastafarian movement and the entire world of music, not just reggae.

He was also a pioneer and leader for the reform of marijuana laws in an era where people routinely were imprisoned for a joint or a seed. He believed, as the U.S. government already knew but failed to mention, that marijuana and it's cannabinoid byproducts have healing powers.

Bob Marley was the ultimate indie artist who stuck to his principals that guided his light and shaped his sound. His family has chosen to carry on his legacy, while building their own through music and the Movement of Jah People, which they carry on with integrity at every turn. Bob Marley's music lives on, possibly stronger than when he was alive.

In honor of the 70th birthday of the humble legend, Bob Marley, the The Indies Network of music sites are all featuring classic and current music films and love from fans around the world throughout this week leading up to and beyond February 6, 2015.

The Indies celebrates the 70th Birthday of Bob Marley (painting by Shawn Voelker)
Bob Marley painting courtesy of Shawn Voelker - ShawnVoelker.Com
There was a 60 Minutes with Dan Rather special on the Rastafarian movement that was shot in 1980 while Bob was alive, and was broadcast after his death in 1981. It included a segment on the life and influence of Bob Marley on music, politics and religion. It seems clear that he and the movement was seen as a threat by many in "the establishment", meaning those politicians, religious and other powerful figures throughout the world who talk about freedom, peace and love, but actually back tyranny and war.

It is unfortunate to see that issues of justice and peace in third world countries that Bob Marley championed long before he was given a UN Peace medal, have been pushed to the wayside by the powers that be.

However, if Bob Marley were alive today, he would no doubt be pleased with the direction of the decriminalization of marijuana and how far his family has carried onward with the movement. The Estate of Bob Marley has joined with the U.S. based Privateer Holdings, to create the world's first global Cannabis brand known as Marley Natural as a result of the rapid decriminalization and end of the prohibition of marijuana in the United States. We are living in new times, indeed.

The company Bob Marley founded, Tuff Gong Studios, has made the real Bob Marley story available for you to watch. Click here to see the film: Bob Marley & The Wailers - Caribbean Nights Documentary

Now here are some handpicked videos. Please turn up the volume.

Just below is an excellent live concert film of Bob Marley & The Wailers performing Trenchtown Rock, live at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England. "One good thing about music, when it hits you fell no pain... So hit me with music, hit me with music, hit me with music now..."

Bob Marley and The Wailers - Trenchtown Rock

On April 30, 1976, Bob Marley & The Wailers released the Rastaman Vibration album. the next two videos, Positive Vibration and Roots, Rock, Reggae, were on that record. Newly remastered singles, as well as the entire record, are available.

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Positive Vibration

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots, Rock, Reggae

Connect direct with Bob Marley's official website at BobMarley.Com, on Facebook.Com/BobMarley and Twitter.Com/BobMarley


A big thanks to Shawn Voelker for permission to use his artwork featured above.  Connect direct with Shawn at ShawnVoelker.Com or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram