Bob Cannon
May 07, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

No Woman No Cry

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Hettie Jones, Rita Marley
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Apparently, reggae deity Bob Marley was anything but rock steady as a husband. In this blunt memoir, his widow, Rita, tells her side of their complex but tumultuous marriage, which began in the Trench Town slums of Kingston and lasted — at least on paper — until his 1981 death. As Mrs. Legend, she says she endured an assassination attempt, Bob’s relentless womanizing that spawned several children, and even a near-rape by him during one of their frequent separations. Despite such indignities and the music-biz madness, she stood by her Rasta man and remained centered — an essential survival tool for a woman who spent much of her time looking the other way.

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