“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
– Bob Marley
February 6th marks what would have been the 71st birthday of the late, great Bob Marley. Marley lost his fight with cancer when he was only 36 years old, but despite the short amount of time he had, he made a giant and everlasting impact on the world. As a tribute, we have put together a list of some of the more interesting things you may not know about the Rastafarian music legend.
“Bob Marley gave the world something no other artist has. Not only did he give us brilliant music, but he also became a heroic figure. His music spread a message of hope and unity. That message is as relevant today as it was three decades ago.” – Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum
Fourth on Forbes List of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2015:
With only Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz, in front of him, Marley falls fourth on the list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities having earned more than $21 Million.
In the Rastafarian religion, marijuana, or “ganja” as they call it, is used to aid in meditation and rituals. Marley was a devout member of the religion, having converted long before he was a famous musician.
Worldwide Marijuana Brand
Marley Natural, a company created in his name, is set to develop and sell the products of the “heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains” that are believed to be the same that he smoked himself. With more and more legislation passing to legalize marijuana around the world, Marley’s message about the “healing power of the herb” will continue to spread and incite a whole new generation of those who appreciate the culture he helped to create.
The more the Marley-er:
With his wife Rita, a Sunday school teacher, he had four children and adopted her daughter. However, it is also said that he also had at least eight more children with eight different women.
Stories have it that Marley drove a BMW and said that the initials stood for “Bob Marley and the Wailers”.
Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright
Bob Marley’s song, “One Love” was declared the Song of the Millennium by the BBC. Its message of unity is just as important today as it was when he wrote it. His words and efforts earned him The United Nations Peace Medal a few years before his untimely passing in 1981.
Marley said, “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.”
And we won’t forget you, Bob Marley.