October 14, 2021

New Book: The Reggae Nation


Bob Marley


From the early 1970s, Bob Marley and the Wailers toured the world to bring a prophetic musical message of rebellion, redemption, and Rastafari. Painting the planet red, gold, and green with their reggae anthems, the Wailers achieved fame and recognition unparalleled by any other reggae group. Since his untimely passing in 1981, Bob Marley has become larger than life as a cultural icon and reggae’s brightest star. His music, message, and image continue to resonate and inspire people around the globe.

This book tells the story of the global legacy and impact of Bob Marley and the Wailers and their contributions to what herein is called the ‘Reggae Nation’: the worldwide reggae community. As a global history of reggae and a reggae travelogue rolled into one, The Reggae Nation takes readers on an extraordinary and unique journey through time and space. From the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the frozen heights of the Himalayas in Nepal, and numerous places in between on all continents, this comprehensive volume tracks the roots and routes of reggae and explores the worldwide achievements and presence of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

A one-of-a-kind publication, The Reggae Nation is beautifully and colourfully designed and illustrated by Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest, with hundreds of photos by renowned photographers from around the world.

The Reggae Nation is the second book by Martijn Huisman, following his 2018 debut Babylon By Bus: Bob Marley and the Wailers Live and Up Close.

“In this remarkable book, a travelogue of inspiring revelations, you will find eloquent descriptions of Marley’s globe-spanning inspiration that was the prime mover in creating what the author calls the ‘Reggae Nation’. Huisman is an articulate guide as he spins the globe, bringing remote outposts and cultures into clear view, where Marley’s works have taken hold, transformed local belief systems, and become the new hymnal for peace-seekers.”

– Roger Steffens, author of So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley.

For more information on Reggae Nation, please visit: https://bit.ly/2YMiqMU



Martijn Huisman

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