"Marley" is definitive story of my father, says Ziggy
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 01:56
Apr. 18 - Ziggy Marley's new documentary about his legendary father Bob Marley gets LA premiere. Cindy Martin reports.
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The man, the myth, the legend.
Countless films, documentaries and news stories have been told about raggae singer Bob Marley, but none has had his family's approval - until now.
New documentary "Marley" aims to be the definitive story on the singer, put together by his son, the musician Ziggy Marley.
He was joined by his siblings Robbie and Rohan at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie.
SOUNDBITE: Ziggy Marley, Son of Bob Marley, saying (English):
"Over the years, I've seen so many things on Bob from people, but never from our, never from our perspective or our input. So we think if there's going to be something definitive, we must be involved, it cannot be done without us. So we wanted to do this."
Ziggy personally handpicked Kevin McDonald, director of "The Last King of Scotland" and "Touching the Void".
The documentary features a never-before-seen interview and performance footage.
It also shows an intimate and painful time in the family history - when Marley spent time treating his cancer in Germany shortly before his death.
He died in 1981 at the age of 36 after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
Artists from rapper Snoop Dogg to country singer Kenny Chesney talked about Marley's influence on their music.
SOUNDBITE: Rapper Snoop Dogg, saying (English):
"As a musician, he influenced me to have peace and love in the music that I'm making, always be about the people, and be up close and personal with them, not have a wall. And a great bond with the people who make you who you are, you know? And not seem so distant."
SOUNDBITE: Country Singer Kenny Chesney, saying (English):
"I think every artist that makes music today, no matter what genre, wishes they could be that simple and touch that many people."
"Marley," will be released in Europe and in a limited run in the US on Friday (April 20).
Cindy Martin, Reuters
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