Netflix's 'ReMastered: 'Who Shot the Sheriff?' reminds us of some of Bob Marley's most important values
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“Who Shot the Sheriff”, the first episode of Netflix’s new ReMastered series of music documentaries directed by Kief Davidson, on the surface is a clear, intelligent analysis of political turmoil and Bob Marley’s assassination attempt. But more than that, it's an ode to Bob Marley - his cultural influence, and his values that hit home today more than ever before. It touches on issues such as police brutality against people of colour, as well as violence and poverty in inner-city communities - issues we still encounter far too often today. Davidson’s vision and message is clear - Bob Marley was not just a musical icon, he was a cultural icon. Marley’s impact on masses internationally and as the face of the Rastafari movement is beautifully depicted. The episode includes emotional and revealing interviews with individuals ranging from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff to record producer Wayne Jobson. Vivien Goldman, Marley’s UK publicist, says what all of us right-minded people are thinking just two minutes in: “Why would anybody want to hurt Bob? He was so much a symbol of peace”.
colour against police brutality and corruption, condemning hate and violence, and respecting the environment are all values that could help our world become a little less grey. In a time where populist leaders such as Trump are in power and climate change is being cast to the side, we need these values more than ever.
Diane Jobson, once again, said it well: “When the Berlin wall was torn down, they were playing Bob Marley music. Anytime in any world crisis, they play Bob Marley music. It is a message that is even more relevant now, even more so than 40 years ago”.
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