Bob Marley Watched the Executions of His Enemies, Book Says

Sometimes it's nice to put down the chalice, for once, and realize that Bob Marley was not the second coming of Jesus, or a hippie, for Chrissake. He was a flawed man! A new biography tells us just how flawed.

For full background on Bob Marley, please see one of the many fine books about him. There are a lot! The latest biography, Chris Salewicz's Bob Marley: The Untold Story, includes the following examples of Bob's un-Jesus-like behavior, per Robert Christgau's review in Salon:

  • Womanizing. Duh.
  • Bob "delivered the occasional beatdown" and had thugs on the payroll who did the same.
  • He failed to recognize how evil Robert Mugabe was.
  • "Salewicz reports [Marley] watched the private executions of three men who'd tried to assassinate him shortly before his 1976 Smile Jamaica concert — a comeuppance that came down a week or so after his 1978 One Love Peace Concert."
He was just a normal man like you or me, with better songs and a greater likelihood of being assassinated by the CIA. Actually, he was better than us. Bob Marley would never tell the fucking hippies to turn off Redemption Song , already.