No Woman No Cry 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… No Woman No Cry 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… Nonfiction
Book Review

No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writers: Hettie Jones, Rita Marley; Genre: Nonfiction

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.

Originally posted May 07, 2004 Published in issue #764 May 07, 2004 Order article reprints
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