Photographer Allan Ballard recalls, "I had first met Bob Marley the year before this in Germany, he took a break from touring and came by my studio in Primrose Hill. He was in such a fantastic mode that day, really playful."
Bob Marley is pictured here in a fabulous and very rare studio shoot. He had just finished the European part of his 'Exodus' tour (playing his last gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London). From show to show sometimes an additional song was edged in the middle of the setlist (especially during the Rainbow Theatre shows when Marley widely varied the setlists), like "Jammin'", "Positive Vibration", "Concrete Jungle", "Crazy Baldhead", "Running Away", "Trenchtown Rock", "Natural Mystic", "So Much Things To Say" and "Guiltiness". Live performances of each of these songs happened very rarely during the tour.
“Today most of the images we see of Marley come from the same few photographs, with the singer looking composed, eyes closed, deific. Those three or four shots are the basis for almost every mural, album cover and student poster of him – but do little to reveal the person. Yet the contact sheet from Ballard’s shoot shows a sequence of off-guard Marleys: running his fingers through his hair, sitting cross-legged, larking about. Perhaps if just one of those shots were blown up to the size of a billboard, Marley would once again seem messiah-like. But in the movement from shot-to-shot, his humanity is revealed.” - Sam Wolfson, The Guardian, 2018
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