In the wake of his shooting Marley fled to Britain. In 1982 Red Saunders went to Jamaica to shoot a photo story on the various music labels for the Sunday Times.
Barely a year after the Zimbabwe concerts Marley was dead, killed by cancer. More particularly, the difficulty analysing Marley lies in the apparently contradictory philosophy that inspired his writing.
When Selassie became the leader of Ethiopia in 1930 he appeared to be the living embodiment of that being. Writing in 1843 in response to fellow German philosopher Hegel, Karl Marx argued: He was far too young, but at least he gave the world a wonderfully defiant, sincere and spiritual music, which inspired others including his former partners Tosh and Wailer, compatriots Burning Spear and Black Uhuru, and here in Britain the likes of Steel Pulse, Aswad and dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson.
This encouraged speculation that a man so apparently incoherent couldn't have written his own lyrics. The 60th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth is a great opportunity to celebrate his inspirational music, writes Brian Richardson.
From 1517 onwards the island was increasingly populated by transported slaves. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions.
Mr Parrott has had a mixture of techniques applied across his body, from script work like 'Protect the ones you love' to black and white right side and colour realism chest. Those of us who love reggae must also admit there is a common thread that links today's singers to those of the past.
In April 1980 he played at the celebrations marking the end of white supremacist rule in Rhodesia.
This release, which carries the flags of all Africa's countries on the sleeve, is a clear and uncompromising call for African unity. More importantly, in the heady political atmosphere of the 1960s and 1970s he articulated the anguish and the optimism of the oppressed and exploited in a way that had universal appeal.
A bull skull, a spider web, a blue tiger, a series of roses and a pirate ship are just some of the images featured on his legs.
A number of artists have been refused entry into Britain; Scotland Yard is considering criminal charges against others; various gigs have been cancelled; and the Music of Black Origin Academy was forced to withdraw the award nominations of two artists, Elephant Man and Vybes Cartel. Mr Parrott admits that his tattoos aren't everyone's cup of tea, saying it took his current girlfriend 'some time' to get used to.
The number one record 'Simmer Down' directly addressed the stifling alienation felt by youth at a time of few opportunities. The ancient Egyptian figure on his leg came two weeks before he turned 17.