Bob Marley / Peter Tosh Get Up! Stand Up! Diary Of A Reggaeophile
by Fikisha Cumbo
Foreword by Roberta Flack
Cace International, Brooklyn, New York
This is easily one of the best books published on Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. In addition to author’s recollections and fantastic interviews of both greats, the photographs she took are some of the best we’ve been privy to.
The book starts with short biographies on Bob and Peter then moves into the heart of the contents. Fikisha had the pleasure of seeing Bob Marley & The Wailers at the Schaffer Music Festival in Central Park in 1975 and meeting Bob after the show. From there, like many of us, she got swept into the rapids of upper Niger otherwise known as reggae. Only she soon enough found herself going to Yard and linking up with Peter and other greats. She recalls going to 56 Hope Rd. during a Wailers rehearsal and cramming into the small hot practice space. She tells about Bob calling out for ‘So JAH Seh’, the same song she told him was her favorite (and mine too). These are stories that we are fortunate enough to have been captured and shared. What’s great about Fikisha’s recollections are the details she shares with us. The shirt Bob was wearing, the boots he wore, how the tongue of the boots hung, what was sitting where in the room etc.
A great aspect of the book is the amount of ink Peter Tosh gets. Fikisha really got to know Peter well and from that she shares with us many great memories and moments. This book is a true delight. There is only one downside to it. It’s out of print and can be difficult to find a reasonably priced copy. I originally bought my copy from Fikisha directly in 2004. She has since informed me that the First edition has sold out. It is truly a book that needs to be in print again.
If there are any publishers out there looking for a wonderful book on Bob and Peter done from the heart, then this is your gem. It’s all packed up and ready to go. But, keep your eyes open. Check the websites as the book does come up for sale from time to time.
Fikisha Cumbo is not only a great lady and reggae lover, she is the director or Chief in Charge of Case International. Case Int. has produced all sorts of audio,video and written works in the name of spreading unity and positivity.
Click on Fikisha’s site below to find out more. Check out the Case International t.v. on You Tube for all kids of great videos including a fantastic episode at Roger Steffens reggae archives.
Review by Midnight Raver Blog’s Joe Jurgenson.