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Bob Marley Lives on: A cinematic Tribute to an Iconic Reggae Pioneer

TJ Culpepper
Eagle High sophomore Casey Hulse poses in front of the Bob Marley movie poster. He loves Bob Marley and would recommend the movie.

Bob Marley was a fascinating but flawed man. The reggae pioneer’s life was cut to short dying on May 11, 1981, at 36. However, his music has persisted and grown indefinitely, and his music reaches far beyond the mountains of his native home of Jamaica, the release of the new movie ‘One Love’ is a great demonstrator of his unique traits.  

According to “Bob Marley: One Love” opens with text explaining the violent unrest in Jamaica in 1976, but without substantive details… Marley is planning a peace concert to unite the nation and that it will change his life.” 

Marley planning a concert brings out his kind and caring nature, his hope to create peace in the dark times of his native country of Jamaica. 

‘One Love’ was an awesome movie. It brought out Marley’s character and the traits he is best known for, the one that I think of is peace,” said senior Jimmy Flynn.  

Filled with thrilling concert footage and in-depth interviews of Marley’s friends, family and fellow reggae artists, this movie classically assembled the biography of Marley. The film forges a description of an artist who left the reggae scene way too early.  

Many movie goers are left a little bummed about the length of the film with, a 144-minute running time, jamming more content on TV/DVD than in theaters to save time.  

“The movie got long, and you can tell some of the room started to lose interest from just the length of the movie alone,” said junior Brady Ford.  

According to, The movie took several years in the making due to various legal disputes. Originally slated to be directed by Martin Scorses, then by Jonathan Demme, “One Love” marks as the only feature-length documentary to have has its many lucrative music rights approved by the performer’s descendants. The family wanted to share Marley’s hits, spreading the feelings of love and caring through his music.  

It is clear that Bob Marley left the world too soon, but this film embodies what he brought to the reggae industry and the love he had for his home country of Jamaica. 


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Caleb Zawadzki
Caleb Zawadzki, Reporter
My name is Caleb Zawadzki and I am a sophomore at Eagle High. I am excited for my first year on the staff for the Stampede newspaper! I fill my time playing baseball. In my free time, I ski, wakeboard, and hang out with friends and family.
TJ Culpepper
TJ Culpepper, Photographer
Hi, I'm TJ Culpepper. This is my first year on staff as a photographer and I'm looking to having a fun year in newspaper. My favorite hobbies are snowboarding and outdoor activities. Excited for a great year!
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