Episode #09 | 5.29.18

Bob Marley: Rasta Vigilante

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Bob Marley is known as the peace and love reggae superstar but the truth of who he really was is a bit more complicated. After gunmen raided his home, putting bullets into him, his wife, his manager and his guitar player, Bob managed to live but the lives of his assassins - all of them - were eventually brought to violent, horrific ends. And their killers were never found. Many think the perpetrator was an angry young man from the Trenchtown ghetto who those who feared him called, “Screwface” aka, Bob Marley, Rasta Vigilante.

Extra Credit

This episode was co-written with Pat Healy.


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Bob Marley: Stephen Davis

A Brief History of Seven Killings: Marlon James

Rolling Stone: Bob Marley with a Bullet

So Much Things To Say, The Oral History of Bob Marley: Roger Steffens

One Love, Life With Bob Marley and the Wailers: Lee Jaffe

Catch A Fire, The Life of Bob Marley: Timothy White

Spin Magazine: Anti-Hero

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan.

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

This episode featured the song, "Out of Step with Jah World Master" written and produced by Adam Taylor with Tony Goddess.

*illustration by Avi Spivak @avispivak