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No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley (Anglais) Broché – 26 janvier 2005

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"Rita does his legacy a great favor by humanizing him and his astounding musical gifts."―Rolling Stone

"Her writing carries a distinct patois and a directness that makes the book a breezy kind of read."―The Hamilton Spectator

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Bob Marley was one of the greatest musicians of our time. While much has been written about him, here is a unique, intimate, and honest portrayal written by his wife Rita, who talks about their struggles--both before and during his rise to fameas well as their dreams, fears, and ultimately, her husbands losing battle with cancer while at the height of his career. This stirringly honest, no-holds-barred account of life with Bob Marley reveals a different, deeper side of the beloved musician that will be sure to strike a chord with his legions of faithful fans.

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I had doubts before reading this book. I was afraid that Rita Marley may simply have written a book to glorify the memory of Bob Marley, using vaguely new age pseudo philosophy to excuse or even omit his well-known foibles (he had 8 illegitimate children after having married Rita) I couldn't have been more mistaken. The book is painfully honest. Marley talks about the two very young and naive adults they were when they fell in love, and the vicissitudes of their marriage over the years. She remains modest but is absolutely transparent as she writes about her love for her husband and her even greater love for her children (and, amazingly, adumbratively, for all of his children). We come to understand why she stayed with him despite the pain and anguish that his numerous infidelities made her suffer. This was a couple who loved each other to the end and Bob Marley was unreasonably jealous of the platonic but none-the-less intimate relationships that Rita developed with other men during the weeks and months that Bob disappeared leaving her alone with, at first, their children and then later on, with some of the children he'd have with other women. She is not "above it all" and is brutally honest about her own jealousy. I usually have a hard time when believers talk about their religious experiences but Marley explains involvement in Rastafarianism with intelligence and psychological insight. The writing style is simple and unpretentious, almost as if she is a trusting friend talking to us over a cup of tea. I completely enjoyed the book as well as what I learned about Bob Marley the man, the husband, the father (a very good one).) When I finished the book I was sorry that the experience had ended. I wanted more. I wanted to continue getting to know the courageous, loving and admirable Rita Marley.
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HASH(0x9e5f3678) étoiles sur 5 Learned a lot... 17 octobre 2004
Par Urs - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I learned a lot about Bob and Rita Marley in this book, but I felt like she was just saying words. I felt like the story was told with no real sense of how she felt about what was going on. For instance, on page 136 she tells the story of when Bob found Neville Garrick in her room and Bob lifted her up in the air and then dropped her. All she has to say about this are things like "neville was so frightened," and "poor neville." But you think, she just got dropped from the air by her husband who went back to his room with his girlfriend. How does that make her really feel. This is just one example I keep remembering, but I had the same feeling about situations she presented earlier in the book. I do not think I got a real understanding of how she felt about everthing that happened. She was just telling me a story, and that was not quite fulfilling enough for me. Still, there is lot's of information about Bob and Rita in this book and I do recommend it to people wanting to learn more about the man, his music, and more importantly in this book, his wife.
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HASH(0xa0a16054) étoiles sur 5 Courage and Hope 22 avril 2004
Par Shelia M Goss - Publié sur Amazon.com
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NO WOMAN, NO CRY: MY LIFE WITH BOB MARLEY by Rita Marley with Hettie Jones is an intriguing and engaging account of the life of Reggae singer, Rita Marley.
It's a story of a woman who in spite of her circumstances was able to overcome many obstacles.
Rita came from humble beginnings. Growing up in Trench Town, a rough part of Kingston, Jamaica, didn't offer her many choices. When she got pregnant at an early age, she was able to continue her education due to the help of her Aunty.
Rita had a natural talent for singing and attempted a singing career. It was during her early years that she met Bob Marley. They started off as friends, but eventually their love for music drew them together and before long they were married.
Subsequently, Rita put her music career on hold to raise her and Bob's children. Meanwhile, Bob's career continued to flourish. No matter what happened between them, Rita remained committed to Bob. She was the glue that kept her family together.
With Bob's success came much turmoil with their relationship-namely Bob's infidelities and children outside of his marriage. Strange as it seems, Rita and Bob remained married.
Rita re-entered the music business as a member of Bob's backup group, The Wailers, when the original members quit. Her and Bob were together once again as a musical team and traveled the world until he became ill. When Bob was diagnosed with cancer, it was Rita who stood by his side and was his support system. She truly loved him to the very end.
Rita Marley's generous spirit is evident throughout the book. The book is about choices and the inner drive to survive in spite of what life dishes out. Most importantly, Rita teaches us to have faith and never lose hope.
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HASH(0x9e591c0c) étoiles sur 5 The Woman Beside the Man 27 octobre 2004
Par Loose Leaves Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Aptly titled No Woman No Cry, this collection of memories from Rita Marley, wife of international reggae superstar Bob Marley, is a heartfelt account of her life with Bob. When she should have been crying, and perhaps filing for divorce, Rita took the lyrics to heart: "No woman no cry/ No woman no cry/Little darlin' don't shed no tears..." and she didn't.

With this biography, Rita Marley takes readers on an extraordinary journey from humble beginnings in Trench Town, Jamaica to worldwide stardom. She talks about how she went from Alfarita Constantia Anderson, an ambitious little girl with dreams of becoming the next Diana Ross, to Rita Marley, a singer, mother and wife of a reggae music icon.

Growing up in a third world ghetto full of killers, thieves and prostitutes is no small feat. Rita shares some of her innermost thoughts, including how she was essentially abandoned by her mother and raised by her father, who later immigrated to England. Her mother figure was her beloved Aunty who was there for her through thick and thin. Rita also reveals how she had to deal with black-on-black discrimination because of her dark complexion.

With a musical background (her father played the tenor sax, her aunt sang in the choir and her uncle was a well-known baritone), Rita was destined to sing. At the age of ten she won her first radio competition. She and her cousin Dream would later put on shows for the community.

But at age eighteen, Rita finds herself unwed and pregnant, a cardinal sin in Aunty's house, but she manages. A year later she meets Robert "Robbie" Nesta Marley of the Wailers, a shy guitarist with whom she falls in love and marries. Much like their romance, life with Bob was a whirlwind of activities from becoming Rastafarian and being an entrepreneur to having three more kids, going on tour as a backup singer, and later discovering Bob's numerous affairs.

Through it all, Rita is strong. She remains tough when her husband's life, as well as her own, is threatened. She maintains her strength when Bob is diagnosed with cancer and later succumbs to the disease. She even keeps a poker face when people doubt her ability to manage Bob's estate and musical legacy. Not only is Rita a woman of great emotional strength, she's simply a good woman.

"People still look for that good woman behind every strong man. We need to bring that good woman forward, especially in Jamaica, where we have been so far behind...It's important for us to move that good woman from behind to beside-and sometimes in front!" {page 204}

Without knowing it, Rita Marley is the "good woman" she mentions and I commend her for sharing her life with the world in this candid, but carefully written memoir.

Reviewed by Joan Burke Stanford for Loose Leaves Book Review
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HASH(0x9eed6a50) étoiles sur 5 Talking About a STRONG WOMAN................ 2 mai 2005
Par StylishCurvyGirl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book takes us on a journey from Rita's humble begginings in Trench Town, a ghetto in Jamaica, to the things that happens when your husband turns into a star. Rita was a woman with patience, virtue, and was very true to her Rasta religion. Some of the things she dealt with made me feel as if she should have left Bob, but I know that love is blind and you can't walk in someone else's shoes. Bob had many flings and girlfriends, all of which she knew about and some she even met!!! What made me envy her was that she never forgot about the children and she even helped raise some of the outside children. She never crumbled in front of the children or showed them her sadness. Bob and Rita had a marriage that truly was for the better or worse, and now she is a living testiment to all people in relationships.
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HASH(0x9ed0d72c) étoiles sur 5 Story of a womam 22 juin 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If Bob Marley had written this book, he would have gone further: "Tell the children the truth. We've been trampling down the wine press much too long..." As Rita is writing it about life with a man she loves dearly, it feels gentled down, yet still true. Others have written about the music and the new religious/political/social view of the world. Rita writes about the life, so we can imagine some of the events and conditions that underlie those creations. The events she focuses on make it clear how difficult it can be to establish a stable family or satisfying life in the midst of a society that undermines the relationships of men and women, of work and worker, of parents and children.
" Many people will fight you down when you see Jah's light". Much as been made of a few pages that cover a night when Bob insisted that Rita was his wife and forced her to have sex. In context, it is clear that this was part of the back and forth dynamic that took him away with other women and brought him back to a relationship based on family. Rita in other passages admits to her own temper and the way that personalities and circumstances did not always immediately bring out the best in either of them. Being able to speak truth about this common experience of women, with even the most intuitive of men, is essential if we are ever going to move beyond the assumptions and behaviors that reinforce patterns of men hurting women.
In the end, I found that this is a book about being a women. The challenges that Rita faced in her marriage and family and work held my interest and improved my understanding. She directly told me about what happened, and gave some background so I could think about what it means, without interpreting the whole experience. She is a woman I am glad I have met, even if it is only in the pages of this book.
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