Nesta Robert Marley—known to the world as Bob Marley—was a famous Jamaican reggae musician born on February 6th, 1945. He began his career in a band called the Wailers in 1963. In the late 1960s, Marley became a Rastafarian and this heavily influenced his music. During the 1970s, Marley formed the band Bob Marley and the Wailers. The group produced several successful albums that reached the masses and introduced the world to reggae music. On May 11th, 1981, Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami at the age of 36. Although his life was tragically short, his musical talents live on.
“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
“A little wine sometimes, that’s all. Spirits (are) bad. Alcohol wrong. Herb does grow.”
“All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason.” “All them say is, ‘it make you rebel’. Against what?”—Interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
“Music and herb go together. It’s been a long time now I smoke herb. From 1960’s, when I first start singing.”
“The more you accept herb, the more you accept Rastafari.”
“Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don’t make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness.” —As recorded in filmed interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
“The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.”
Viewing himself as a holy person, as do all Rastafarians, Marley strongly believed that marijuana opened up a spiritual door which allowed him to become the artist and poet he was.