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Redemption Songs

How Bob Marley's Nova Scotia Song Lights the Way Past Racism

by Jon Tattrie

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publisher: Pottersfield Press
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Redemption Songs tells the extraordinary story of how one of Bob Marley's greatest songs was born in Nova Scotia. It opens with Marley's live acoustic performance of Redemption Song at the end of his life, and reveals that the core lyric comes from a speech Marcus Garvey delivered in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in 1937.

The line "We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery" springboards the reader into the book's ambitions. The author explores why Marley so revered Garvey, and, in doing so, looks at the roots of Rastafarianism and ideas about race.

About the Author
Jon Tattrie is a journalist whose ancestors arrived in Nova Scotia with Edward Cornwallis. This is his third historical book, following Black Snow, a novel set in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, and The Hermit of Africville (see page 10), a biography of one of Canada’s longest-running political protesters. The Hermit of Africville was a finalist for the 2010 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. Tattrie lives in Halifax with his wife.
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