Kate Simon’s Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae, Photographs by Betsy Sussler

Part of the Editor's Choice series.

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Photographs of Bob Marley by Kate Simon.

Rebel Music has the intimacy of a family album and the urgency of legend, for this rebel had a cause. Kate Simon’s photographs of Bob Marley and the Wailers are stupendous, as daring and revealing as Marley himself. Alongside essays by Patti Smith and Glenn O’Brien are anecdotes and observations by some legends in their own right—Neville Garrick, Eric Clapton, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Chris Blackwell and many others—that bring us almost as close in spirit to Jamaica’s most exported shaman as his music does. A photography book like this, embracing both the history and the spirit, comes along rarely.

Betsy Sussler is editor in chief of BOMB.

Rebel Music was published by Genesis Publications in August 2004.

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Lee Jaffe's One Love by Nate Cunningham
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Sight? Seen. by Ryan Sheldon
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Ryan Sheldon discusses the eclectic range of reggae films presented in BAMcinématek’s Do the Reggae series.

Danny Lyon by Susan Meiselas
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Meiselas speaks with fellow photographer Lyon on the occasion of his recent survey exhibition at the Menil Collection in Houston.

Paul Graham’s a shimmer of possibility by Todd Papageorge
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BOMB 89, Fall 2004

Featuring interviews with Rodney Graham, Pierre Huyghe and Doug Aitken, Jerome Charyn and Frederic Tuten, Ben Marcus and Courtney Eldridge, Kaffe Matthews and Antony Huberman, Jonathan Caouette, Laura Linney and Romulus Linney, and David Levi Strauss and Hakim Bey. 

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