I’ve spent each spare minute of the past two weeks with my nose facing the centre crease of a book that you could, if you so wished, finish in days. Laughing out loud on the number 38 bus is not a good look especially not when followed by raised eyebrows and widened eyes as another fact of the Holy Trinity of reggae music comes to light in I&I Natural Mystics Marley Tosh and Wailer by Colin Grant.
Catch A Fire was not, as I thought, their first album: Everything I know about Bob Marley and the Wailers is just the tip of the fire that burns through each section of Colin Grants brilliantly researched evocatively written book about one of the biggest and most influential groups of the twentieth century. Colin Grant has cleverly personified the birth of a nation, the birth of a religion and the birth of reggae through the lives of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer . Once read I listened again to their music and and heard them as if for the first time. . I&I natural Mystics is out on January 27th.