Ongoing History Daily: The attempted assassination of Bob Marley

On December 4, 1976, Bob Marley survived an assassination attempt. On that night, seven gunmen burst into his house in Kingston, Jamaica. Bob, his wife Rita, and his manager were all injured in the attack.

What was the motive? Bob was an immensely powerful force in Jamaican politics and some people felt that Marley’s Rastafarian message was creating a problem for certain political factions.

Fortunately, all the injuries were minor, and Bob was able to perform at the Smile Jamaica concert a few days later. However, things were tense enough for him to move to the United States to record his next album.

If you missed Tuesday’s post, it was the story of the sad Men at Work plagiarism story. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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