Arts + Culture

Music's Greatest Hits

by Kara Zuaro

Kingston, Jamaica, December 5, 1976

The Moment: During the Smile Jamaica concert, Bob Marley performs before a crowd of 80,000, sans his trademark Gibson guitar. After 90 minutes of wailing, jamming, and whipping the crowd into a glassy-eyed frenzy, the reggae great launches into a pantomime of the assassination attempt that nearly killed him two days earlier, then rolls up his sleeve to reveal his gunshot wounds. With this performance, Marley becomes a national hero, both on and off the stage.

Where to go now: At Nine Mile, the mountain village in St. Ann, Jamaica, owned and operated by the Marley family, you can pay your respects at the legendary performer's grave and favorite meditation spot (keep it legal, though). If your timing is right, you can have a chat with Mother B, Bob's mom.

Nine Mile
St. Ann, Jamaica
Tel: 305 665 5379

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