Favorite Protest Songs #5 - "Get Up, Stand Up"
September 25, 2016 2:19pm CST
#5 in my Favorite Protest Songs series is a classic. I'm talking about Bob Marley and The Wailers' "Get Up, Stand Up." Bob Marley and The Wailers formed in Jamaica in 1962 (original lineup: Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer,) and made music up until Marley's death in 1981. Marley was a recipient of the Jamaican Order of Merit. The Wailers have, according to Wikipedia, sold over 25 million records worldwide. (Fun Fact from Christopher John Farley's book Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley: During his career, Marley moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked as a DuPont lab technician and an assembly line worker in a Chrysler plant.) Their classic anthem, "Get Up, Stand Up" was inspired by the amount of poverty in Haiti, according to Wikipedia. It was also the last song Marley ever played live. Written by Marley and Tosh, all three original members did their own versions of the tune after they broke up. Bob Marley wrote protest songs with the best of them. "Get Up, Stand Up" is one of his best.
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• Redlands, California
25 Sep 16
Always a favorite of mine and did not know that about him working at a chrysler plant. They had to had to know he smoked the ganja also. I doubt they would hire him today with the way corporate americas mindset has changed. This song always motivates me.