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Bob Marley. Get Up, My Friend

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A crowd in unison

LONDON, Ballroom Lyceum. 1975


With the release of Natty Dread,

we officially became Bob Marley & The Wailers.
In the summer of 1975, we finally started our European tour and the two nights in London at the Ballroom Lyceum went down in history as legendary! I remember it all as a magnificent event; the resulting live show stayed at the top of the charts for a long time. The Lyceum was one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in the capital,
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and over 3,000 Jamaicans were out there waiting for me. Many of them didn't even have tickets to get into the concert! We wanted to record it and Mick Jagger was the only one who had an instrument to do it, so I asked him for permission to use it. I was feeling great; the music, the people, the serenity...

I was pumped up and wanted to convey my political and spiritual messages, the value of life, our rights! The live version of No Woman No Cry on the album became a huge worldwide hit. I often thought of Tosh and Bunny at that time, who had long since left the Wailers to fly solo in the Olympus of music;

I always carried them in my heart. Rolling Stone proclaimed Bob Marley & The Wailers as 'Band of the Year'. I framed the cover and kept a copy in my bedside drawer, not so much as a reminder that I'd become famous, but as a nightly prayer of peace to all those people who heard our songs.
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Sezione 3

Go back to this place


A crowd in unison

LONDON, Ballroom Lyceum. 1975

Go on to the next place


ZIMBABWE, State Independence Concert. Apr 1980

In the name of Jah

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