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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409027768
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

I & I: The Natural Mystics

Marley, Tosh and Wailer




The history of the original Wailers - Tosh, Livingstone and Marley - as never before told.


The history of the original Wailers - Tosh, Livingstone and Marley - as never before told.

Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trench Town R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers - one of the most influential groups in popular music. Now one of our best and brightest non-fiction writers examines for the first time the story of the legendary reggae band.

Charting their complex relationship, their fluctuating fortunes, musical peak, and the politics and ideologies that provoked their split, Colin Grant shows us why they were not just extraordinary musicians, but also natural mystics. And, following a trail from Jamaica through Europe, America, Africa and back to the vibrant and volatile world of Trench Town, he travels in search of the last surviving Wailer.

'In Grant's hands life in Trench Town in the 1960's is energetic and theatrical, rich in comedy and tragic irony...This brilliant book is not just about Jamaica, but about ourselves' Guardian

  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409027768
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Colin Grant

Colin Grant is a historian and author of four highly praised books: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey (2008), I and I: The Natural Mystics Marley, Tosh and Wailer (2011), Bageye at the Wheel (2012), and A Smell of Burning (2016). He is an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies, and teaches creative non-fiction writing, most recently for Arvon and Sierra Nevada College.

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Praise for I & I: The Natural Mystics

This brilliant book is not just about Jamaica, but about ourselves

Maggie Gee, Guardian

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