Just in time for Earth Day, and not un-coincidentally, released on April 20 (the somewhat well-know national marijuana holiday), a new documentary about the life and music of Bob Marley is in theaters.
The movie "Marley" opened nationwide Friday and is currently showing at the Landmark Mayan theater at 110 Broadway in Denver.
Until now, the definitive biography of Bob Marley's life was Timothy White's 500-plus page book "Catch a Fire," originally published in 1983 and with the most recent revision published in 2006. Many other books and films about Marley's life have come out since the Jamaican-born singer-songwriter and musician died from cancer in 1981, but the new "Marley" is being acclaimed as the most definitive and best-produced story to date. The film is the only one made with complete support of the Marley family with telling, never-before-seen footage and interviews with people who knew Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley (1945-1981) best.
Marley was one of the most influential artists of all times, and this latest film in the Marley legacy documents his life from childhood through his rise to international fame. Directed by Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland"), the documentary tells the story of the legendary figure whose musical innovations and lyrics crossed all boundaries. "Marley" features appearances from the Marley family and reggae pioneers, including producer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Also new this year is the House of Marley line of premium quality eco-friendly personal audio products - earbuds, headphones and boom boxes - made with sustainably sourced materials, zero-waste production processes and the highest quality sound components.
"My father helped start a movement around three simple ideas, youth, planet and peace," said Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley and also the co-founder of Tuff Gong clothing and Marley organic coffee. "That message needed to be taken to the next generation and what better way than through music."
The line includes in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, over-ear headphones and audio systems, all built with superior construction and earth-friendly materials. Portions of all profits go to support the Marley family charity 1love.org, a movement dedicated to supporting youth, peace and environmental causes worldwide.
Natural products used include woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, recycled aluminum, organic cotton and recyclable packaging. Prices range from the Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones for $29.99 and the Zion in-ear headphones for $99.99, and all the way up to Destiny TTR over-ear professional grade headphones for $299.99 (pictured). Headphones are lightweight, comfortable, and, not willing to gamble just on the family name, they are made with extremely high-quality audio components, including gold plated connectors and fabric coated, tangle-reducing cords. Check out www.thehouseofmarley.com to view the complete product line.