Youth Culture – Where’s it gone??

Where’s today’s youth culture?? Simon Cowell compliance? Where’s the music and passion??

Looking back on this video – there was passion (Bit too much aggression at times but …..)

Bob Marley – War – The importance of great lyrics and social justice.

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I always love great lyrics. For me in order to be brilliant a song requires some poetic words with meaning to get your teeth into.

War by Bob Marley is a favourite of mine. It was based on the address of King Haile Selassie of Ethiopia to the United Nations and sums up my feelings.

Until we as a race reach the point where we address the difference between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ we will have war and conflict. If you have nothing you have nothing to lose.

The disaffected in our country and throughout the world will cause trouble when they see the lifestyle of others who have so much from contributing so little.

For me the issues of social justice, the protection of the environment and population control are paramount. The religious fanaticism and social unrest are a product of these. They have to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Bob summed it up:

“War”

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
Discredited
And abandoned –
Everywhere is war –
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race –
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained –
Now everywhere is war – war.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
that hold our brothers in Angola,
In Mozambique,
South Africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed –
Well, everywhere is war –
Me say war.

War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south –
War – war –
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight – we find it necessary –
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory

Of good over evil –
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil –
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil –
Good over evil, yeah! [fadeout]

Bob Marley – Opher’s World pays tribute to a genius.

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Bob Marley forced people to take Reggae seriously. Prior to Bob breaking through into the Rock market reggae had been a chart singles market with a bit of an ethnic backwater. The Mods had grooved to it but it was not considered in the same League as psychedelia of mainstream Rock. After Marley there was a lot of attention given to it.
Bob Marley looked the part with his long dreadlocks and great dances. He sounded the part too. It was easy to identify with the rebelliousness and antiestablishment stance. Marley was definitely an outsider.
The looks were one thing but didn’t get you anywhere without the music. That where Chris Blackwell came in. He saw the potential in the Wailers and signed them to Island records. He was after breaking the reggae band into mainstream Rock and that’s what he set about doing with his production. He introduced rock elements into the basic reggae format. It made it crisper with a good Rock guitar lead that was more accessible to white ears.
Bob’s greatest ability was his songwriting. He captured the feelings and sentiments perfectly and put them to great melodies. It made them commercially popular as well as retaining their credibility. There was no compromise in the way he did it. It was just brilliant music that appealed to people right across the spectrum. That’s what made him a superstar.
The major themes that Bob delved into were the Rastafarian religion which he was an adherent of, social injustice which he had experienced firsthand, racial and gang violence which he also experienced, discrimination because of the use of marijuana and love. Bob loved women.
The political, racial and social messages resonated with black communities all over the world and also engaged sympathetic whites. Bob was a voice for freedom and justice. His songs were full of optimism for a new world order with the scourge of racism, where all people were respected and treated fairly.
We can all echo that.
Bob never saw himself as a mere songwriter or singer; he was an activist. Everything he did was political. He was an optimistic idealist just like me. He believed that you could make things better and that was the purpose of everything you did. He wanted the emancipation of the black races but more importantly he wanted a new world harmony.
I hear that reflected in the best of his songs. My particular favourite is ‘War’ which he based on the speech of King Haile Selassie’s address to the United Nations in which he said that there would always be conflict and war until such time as there was an end to inequality and racism.
That’s what I believe. Bob thought that it was in the power of the nations to solve poverty, destitution, disease, war and racism. So do I.
When you look at the wealth of brilliant songs he produced it is tragic the way his life ended. He got a football injury to his toe that went cancerous. He refused to allow the foot to be amputated. It spread and he died. If he had had the foot removed he would probably still be with us today.
We desperately need men and women of the stature of Bob Marley; men and women who have integrity and are prepared to stand up in the face of the political/billionaire global juggernaut that is nothing more than globalised vandalism; people who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions.
Get up Stand up!! Stand up for your rights!!
Fight for a world of freedom, tolerance, equality and justice!
Fight for the end of exploitation, deliberate maintenance of a system where most of the world is kept destitute so that they can be utilised to make the rich richer.
Fight to halt the destruction of our rainforests, the overfishing, the decimation of our wild-life for the sake of a quick buck.
That’s what Bob Marley stood for! That’s the legacy he left us! You have to stand up for your rights or you get squashed.