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The function of this group is to explore some of the themes, and wider discussion thereof, of 'The Natural Mystics', by Colin Grant, the first group biography of The Wailers (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer). The book charts their complex relationship, fluctuating fortunes, musical peak, and the politics and idelogies that provoked their split. Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trench Town R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers⿿one of the most influential groups in popular music. From youth to early adulthood, they had been inseparable; united in their ambition, through musical harmony and financial reward, to escape Jamaica⿿s Trench Town ghetto. On the cusp of success however, they⿿d been pulled apart by the elevation of Marley, as first among equals, and by the razor sharp instincts of Chris Blackwell, the shrewd and charming boss of Island Records. Following their trail from Jamaica through Europe, America, and back to the vibrant and volatile world of Trench Town, Grant travels in search of the last surviving Wailer. He unravels the roots of their charisma, their adoption of Rastafari, and their quest to become not just extraordinary musicians but also natural mystics.


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