Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group presents If You Like Bob Marley… (Backbeat Books, June 2013, $16.99), the newest volume in the If You Like series of pop culture connectivity. Author Dave Thompson is no stranger to the reggae scene, and the sheer amount of information within the book will delight any true Bob Marley fan. Thanks to the unique format of the If You Like series, readers will uncover facts not only about the King of Reggae himself but also about the history of reggae’s influence on the music industry as a whole.
Using Bob Marley as the starting point, Thompson connects Jamaica’s star-studded musical history to modern artists all over the world. Chapter after chapter profiles the many talented people who helped put reggae on the map, from Eric Clapton to Curtis Mayfield to Black Uhuru. There are dozens of famous genre-spanning Marley covers, and enough music to keep listeners engaged for months. Thompson also includes a roundup of films that any reggae fan will want to see. The book lends itself to further exploration, and reggae enthusiasts of all levels will find themselves eagerly searching through the “100 Albums You Must Hear” or “150 Songs We Forgot to Mention” detailed in the appendices.
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Bob Marley and the colorful history that surrounds him, think again. Then open If You Like Bob Marley… and learn just what you’ve been missing.