city: kingston

the singer’s house

from a brief history of seven killings posted in literature by nevereatshreddedwheat

The Singer house was the biggest house me ever see. Me run up and touch the wall just to say me touch it. So much first time in that trip that me can't even remember most of them. First time me ever go uptown. First time me on Hope Road. First me see so much woman in pretty clothes walking up and down the street. First time me see the Singer house. First time me see white woman looking like Rasta. First time me see how people who have things live.

– The gang member Demus in A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

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bob marley museum

from bob marley posted in music by pete_nice

Island Records founder and producer Chris Blackwell gifted his Kingston residence and company headquarters at 56 Hope Road (then known as Island House) to Bob Marley. Housing Tuff Gong Studios, the property became not only Marley's office, but also his home.

On December 3, 1976, two days before "Smile Jamaica", a free concert organized by the Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley in an attempt to ease tension between two warring political groups, Marley, his wife, and manager Don Taylor were wounded in an assault by unknown gunmen inside Marley's home at this address. All three made full recoveries. Two days later, although wounded in the chest and arm from bullet wounds, Marley performed at the concert.

When asked why he performed, Marley responded:
""The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?"

Today, this address is the site of the Bob Marley Museum.

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