Flashback: “Babylon System” by Bob Marley

Wednesday marked the 35th anniversary of the passing of reggae legend Bob Marley, who died May 11th, 1981.

I tend to think that no matter what music type you happen to like, there are performers that transcend what type of music they do. Johnny Cash would be an example of that, so would Bob Marley.

This song and another, “Top Rankin,” speak of similar topics you see in any populist movement. First, when people who come together behind a single cause, that cause is usually hard to deny or defeat. Secondly, that the people in power have to be closely watched that they don’t exploit the masses (“sucking the blood of the sufferers”) as prey.

He saw all of that in 1979, putting those two tracks in his “Survival” album.


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