Morris was only 14 years old when he went to the Speakeasy
Club in London in the hope of capturing some photographs
of Bob Marley and the Wailers in performance. Marley saw
the young black teenager from south London in the queue
outside, clutching his camera, and invited him in, letting
him take photographs backstage as well as from the audience.
It was the beginning of a close friendship that was to
last the next ten years until Marley's death in 1981.
In Bob Marley: A Rebel Life Morris celebrates this man
whom he came to know well. It is a tribute, primarily
in photographs, to a great performer who reached beyond
this to become more: an inspiration and a spiritual leader
to millions of people. Morris photographed Marley at almost
every point in his short career from those early days.
His portraits are such as can only have been taken by
someone who had his subject's complete trust, capturing
the essence of the man in his many moods.
Most of the photographs have never been published before.
The 150 photographs are also accompanied by Morris's own
recollections of Marley, with quotations from Marley's
lyrics, and interviews that reveal his thoughts on life,
politics and being black in a white man's world. The photographs
show a Bob Marley that we have never seen before, offering
insights into his life on the road, in the studio, on
stage, and at home in Jamaica with his family. An internationally
Dennis Morris is regularly commissioned by recording companies
and magazines (as well as by rock stars themselves), to
photograph rock stars in action. Those he has photographed
recently include the Prodigy, U2, Garbage and the Charlatans.
His photographs of the Sex Pistols are celebrated classics.
"the definitive images of Bob Marley"
"Bob Marley: A Rebel Life is set to become Bob's
The Guardian newspaper
"a series of photographs that are
now regarded as having a depth and insight
rarely seen in one so young"
His work has appeared
in countless journals, including Rolling Stone, People,
and published in other monographs
Destroy: A Photographic Record of the Sex Pistols (Creation,
- The Story Of Jamaican Music