New bio on Marley
The Jamaica Observer continues its daily coverage of Reggae Month-related stories.
ANOTHER Bob Marley biography is on the market. The latest, Portrait of a Legend and Other Folks, by Jamaican born, London-based Lindsay Donald, was launched locally Thursday at the Marley Museum in Kingston.
Donald presented a copy to Damion Crawford, junior minister of entertainment and tourism, and members of the reggae superstar's family on Marley's 69th birthday.
"I spent many wonderful days at 56 Hope Road (Marley's home, now the museum), so it is especially significant to have the first presentation of this book being held here," Donald told the Sunday Observer.
Portrait of a Legend and Other Folks was officially launched in London last August. It contains over 240 black and white photographs, many of them previously unpublished.
Donald has been a photo-journalist for 35 years. He was photo editor of the Caribbean Times newspaper, and taught photography on the Broadwater Farm Housing Estate in Tottenham, north London.
Though he grew up in London, Donald returned to Jamaica in 1977, living here for four years and working at Diplomat Photo Studio in New Kingston.
"I came here in '77 and I stayed until I went with Bob on his last tour. Some of those pictures are in the book, including his second-to- last show at Madison Square Garden when he opened for the Commodores," Donald recalled.