About the book
The Reggae Nation: The Global Impact and Legacy of Bob Marley & The Wailers is an upcoming book by reggae researcher and writer Martijn Huisman about the worldwide legacy of reggae king Bob Marley and his legendary reggae band The Wailers. The book explores their achievements and legacy across more than fifty countries on all continents, demonstrating how the efforts of the band have contributed to a transnational Reggae Nation emerging.
The Reggae Nation: The Global Impact and Legacy of Bob Marley & The Wailers is being prepared for a release on May 11, 2021, exactly 40 years after Bob Marley’s death in 1981.
This website will be updated and expanded over time towards the launch of the book.
About the author
Martijn Huisman (Rotterdam, 1986) discovered reggae music and Bob Marley as a teenager. As a student he began to write about Marley’s visits to the Netherlands and Japan. Huisman is a researcher and writer who has since appeared, among others, on Dutch Radio 1, BBC World Service radio, and in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. He was also a delegate speaker at the 2018 Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture conference in Birmingham with a presentation about the Reggae Nation.
Together with photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot, Martijn earlier published the photo book Babylon By Bus: Bob Marley & The Wailers in Nederland (Dutch) and Babylon By Bus: Bob Marley & The Wailers Live and Up Close (English).
Martijn holds a Bachelor degree (BA) in History and a Master degree (MA) in Media & Journalism from the Erasmus University (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), and is currently working on obtaining a PhD in health communication science from Ghent University (Belgium).