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Q: Bob marley's Education? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Bob marley's Education?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: dancingbear-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 17 Feb 2005 17:53 PST
Expires: 19 Mar 2005 17:53 PST
Question ID: 476288
I need to find out what type of education- if any - that Bob marley
had- this includes formal /informal childhood to adult.  Time is of
the essence- so I am paying this not for great depth - but speed- it's
only useful to me if I get an anser in the next 1.5 hours- sorry-
$20 for the answer no matter what time you get back to me- and a $20
extra tip if you meet my deadline.

Clarification of Question by dancingbear-ga on 17 Feb 2005 18:09 PST
I have my fingers crossed- the sooner the better.  Good luck!
Subject: Re: Bob marley's Education?
Answered By: markj-ga on 17 Feb 2005 19:30 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
dancingbear --

I will write this answer in "bullet form" to save time:

1. Marley was born in 1945 in Nine Miles, St. Ann's,Jamaica:

"Robert Nesta Marley is born at Nine Miles, St. Ann's, Jamaica. Son of
Norval Sinclair Marley, a fifty-something Liverpool-born captain in
the British Army, and the teenage Cedalla Booker.  This birthdate is
believed to be the correct although no birth certificate has ever been

Third Field: Bob Marley: Timeline

2. Marley's only formal education was at the Stephney All-Age School in Nine Miles.

"The humble clusters of tin-roofed houses that flank a narrow road
traversing the verdant hills testify to the relative prosperity that
Marley's memory bequeaths to the place of his birth. Guesthouses for
overnight visitors, eateries peddling vegetarian patties by the
roadside, the Stephney All-Age School that Marley attended as a boy
all benefit from the brisk traffic."

LA Times: Jamaicans Get Together, Don't Feel All Right About Bob Marley,1,4891437.story?coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

2. He ended his formal education at age 14 and apprenticed with a welder:

"At 14 it was time for Bob to leave school and his mother wanted him
apprenticed to a welder, but Bob knew that this was not the way he
wanted to go. Bob did serve his apprenticeship as a welder but it
wasn't without incident."

Spider's Bob Marley and the Wailers Website

I recommend the above site to you for a very brief description of
Marley's childhood, including his exposure to witchcraft.

3. When his father left the family, he moved to Kingston with his
mother and become a student and protege of musician and Rastafarian
Joe Higgs:

"Bob and his mother soon moved to the city of Kingston, and there is where he 
became best friends with a kid named Bunny.  Together they attended
Joe Higgs's music school.  .  .    ."

Marshall University Web Pages: Bob Marley

Joe Higgs had a profound influence on Marley's musical and Rastafarian education:

"Joe Higgs took particular care to play the part of both musical and
moral tutor to those youth in the area with the ears to hear." Joe Higgs

Clearly the most important and intense part of Marley's "education"
was in Kingston and involved immersion in Rastafarianism and music. 
Here is a link to a very interesting site, along with representative
quotes, that pulls together the influences on Marley that really
constituted the core of his "education":

"Trench Town, immortalized in the Marley songs "Trench Town Rock," and
"No Woman No Cry," was young Bob's first home in Kingston. In 1950,
his absent father, citing education as the goal, summoned the young
boy to the city to live with relatives. Bob was mostly abandoned by
his father and clan, and, after a year of fending for himself,
returned to his mother, Cedella, in the small village of Nine Miles."

"After schooling and a host of dead-end jobs-including one as a
welder, where his eye was injured by a way ward shank of metal-Bob and
Bunny tapped into the sounds of Trench Town. They formed the first of
a series of groups, eventually meeting up with Peter (Mcln) Tosh, the
legendary singer and producer, and Rastaman Joe Higgs."

Jamaica Netlink: Bob Marley

In sum, Marley's education consisted of ordinary schooling until the
age of 14 and then an intense introduction to music, Rastafarianism
(with its political and cultural components) in Kingston under the
tutelage of Joe Higgs and the influence of his friends and musical

Search Strategy:

I used many Google searches in an effort (successful, I think) to
quickly winnow out the elements of Bob Marley's legendary history that
most directly relate to his formal and informal education.  Here are
just a few representative examples of those searches:

"bob marley" school

"bob marley" learned OR "was taught"

"bob marley" rastafarianism

Given the short time available to pull this basic information
together, I am confident that this is what you are looking for.  If
anything is unclear or incomplete, please ask for clarification before
rating the answer.

dancingbear-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $20.00
Instead of 5 stars (which you would have gotten if I had gotten it
back in 1.5 hours) I decided to deduct a star and give you the
promised tip.(I hope that works for you)  Very thorough - and- you
found several items I did not encounter in my earlier search.  The
deadline was for a firend- who is now in bed- but if there is any
chance of incorporating your research tomorrow we will.  Thanks for
satisfying my curiosity as well- since I grew up on Marley's music and
am still a huge fan.  A Job very well done.
-Dancing Bear

Subject: Re: Bob marley's Education?
From: markj-ga on 18 Feb 2005 02:47 PST
dancingbear --

Thanks for the kind words and the very nice tip.  Actually, I was
surprised to see that I had indeed missed your deadline by seven
minutes.  I thought I had slipped in under the wire.  Anyway, I hope
that the information is still useful.

Subject: Re: Bob marley's Education?
From: dancingbear-ga on 18 Feb 2005 03:18 PST
Markj- You probably did send your response under the wire - I have
noticed that there is a time lag between submitting questions,
responses, calrifications etc.  I asked my friend to stay awake until
half past 9 central time (where I am) - to see if the answer had come
through before he went to bed.  It wasn't there then so I told him to
go to sleep and I checked again about 20 minutes later- So I must have
just missed you.   I really do appreciate how fast you turned it
around and and how thorough your answer was.  Now that I know your'e
in to music research I have been formulating another question from ME
(not a friend) with no deadline just for you.  So keep on the lookout
for it and thanks again.
-Dancing Bear
Subject: Re: Bob marley's Education?
From: markj-ga on 18 Feb 2005 09:35 PST
dancingbear --

Thanks again, and I look forward to taking a crack at your music question.


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