Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae - new book due out Friday 29th October 2010

Posted: 28th October 2010
Lee Scratch Perry

Out tomorrow is 'Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae' - a new pictorial charting Bob Marley's career just before it went stratospheric, also featuring Marley's peers of the time, including Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry, Toots and the Maytals, The Heptones, Peter Tosh, Inner Circle and surprisingly (for me, at least) the late George Harrison and many more.

The photography is excellent throughout, with a combination of live, staged and candid shots beautifully taken by Kim Gottlieb-Walker, featuring commentary by Hollywood director and former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe - who also features in the photographs as he was also in Jamaica over the same period (1975-1976). Further commentary is added by Kim's husband - former Island records publicity head - Jeff Walker and reggae archivist Roger Steffens.

A nice touch is that along with the band shots are song recommendations for you to check out - which in this day of on-demand streaming means you can have a nice soundtrack to the book.

The retail price is £24.99, but you can get it from Amazon for £17.49 with free delivery for UK customers. Full review to follow soon, but having had a quick flick though I can tell you: if you're a reggae fan or like Bob Marley, this should be on your Christmas wish-list!

Daniel O'Connell