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Redemption Songs

How Bob Marley's Nova Scotia Song Lights the Way Past Racism

by Jon Tattrie

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list price: $21.95
edition:Paperback
category: Social Science
published: 2016
ISBN:9781897426876
publisher: Pottersfield Press
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Redemption Songs tells the extraordinary story of how one of Bob Marley's greatest songs was born in Nova Scotia. It opens with Marley's live acoustic performance of Redemption Song at the end of his life, and reveals that the core lyric comes from a speech Marcus Garvey delivered in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in 1937.

The line "We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery" springboards the reader into the book's ambitions. The author explores why Marley so revered Garvey, and, in doing so, looks at the roots of Rastafarianism and ideas about race.

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Jon Tattrie is an award-winning author and journalist. His previous books include Redemption Songs: How Bob Marley"s Nova Scotia Song Lights the Way Past Racism, Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax, and The Hermit of Africville.

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Jon Tattrie

Jon Tattrie is the author of seven books, including the Canadian bestseller The Hermit of Africville. He works as a journalist for CBC Nova Scotia.
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