One of the units we teach in our mainstream ninth-grade classes is on Jamaica, and, obviously, Bob Marley is a big part of it.
Student are now writing a biographical essay about him, and I thought it would be timely for me to pull together a list of useful resources.
(NOTE: Also check-out The Best Sites Remembering Bob Marley Thirty Years After His Death)
Here are my choices for The Best Websites For Learning About Bob Marley:
The Biography Channel has a number of resources.
Check out his official website.
The ‘lost’ footage of Bob Marley’s early career comes from the BBC.
The Rock Hall of Fame has a timeline of his life.
Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Playing For Change has great videos of his Redemption Song and One Love.
Here’s an embedded version of both songs from Playing For Change:
You can do a fun sing along in class with Batlyrics. It shows the lyrics on the side while playing a YouTube video of the song at the same time. Now that we can access YouTube, it’s great to use. Instalyrics is a new site that shows you the lyrics to any song very, very quickly, along with a music video that goes along with it. The lay-out is very “clean” and it replaces Batlyrics as my favorite place for music videos and lyrics.
Breaking News English has a lesson on Bob Marley for English Language Learners.
Bob Marley’s daughter has just published a children’s book and created this new music video of one of her father’s songs:
Here are two videos I’m adding to this list. The first is a trailer for documentary that looks good (thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip). The second is from The Biography Channel. That one looks a little dry, but it is freely available:
Additional suggestions are always welcome.
There’s a new official Bob Marley site.
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Bob Marley: Legend is from Google Arts and Culture.
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One of the best websites on Bob Marley is jamminlyrics.com the website has the entire catalog of songs that Bob Marley has ever made. Super helpful if you want to know every Marley Song