Musically, Bob Marley followed a fairly well-trodden trajectory: from raw and urgent 60s ska through a series of killer pop reggae hits in the early 70s, to a more heavy, religious roots sound in the latter part of the decade. What separated him from similarly talented contemporaries like Toots Hibbert, Desmond Dekker and Johnny Osbourne – and made him a global icon rather than simply a Jamaican star – is summed up in breakthrough 1973 album Catch A Fire.
Lively up your steez
By Matt Glazebrook, 6 February 2015
There's the sound – soulful reggae, polished and given a sympathetic rock makeover for an overseas audience – and then there's the cover portrait, wherein, put simply, Bob looks really, really cool. For all his undoubted musical genius, it's as much the image of the handsome, thoughtful (and did we mention super cool?) singer that makes him – on what would have been his 70th birthday – a superstar today.
There's not much nattier than a leather bomber jacket and we've paired ours, like Bob, with a pair of relaxed blue jeans. Sadly, it's tricky to get your hands on a psychedelic Fair Isle tank top these days, but we reckon this oversized, camo-print tee is an appropriate substitute. After that, all you need to do is throw on retro Adidas kicks (of course), a red woolly hat and a yellow, Jamaican-flavoured backpack, and you're jamming.