The University of Delaware Library announces the exhibition, “The Lion Awakes: The Influence of Reggae Music and Bob Marley,” which will be on display in four exhibition cases in the Morris Library Information Room at the University of Delaware from Friday, September 18, 2009, through Friday, December 18, 2009.
Reggae is a music genre that was first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960’s. Reggae song lyrics often deal with many subjects including faith, love, relationships, poverty, injustice, and other broad social issues such as environmentalism and promoting and caring for the needs of the younger generation. In addition to these topics, the exhibition will highlight materials in the University of Delaware Library that focus on Reggae legend Bob Marley who worked as a janitor at the Hotel DuPont, as a warehouse worker, and as an assembly line worker at the Chrysler plant in Newark during the mid 1960s. The exhibition will also include Jamaican history, culture, and social customs as well as other Reggae musicians, the international popularity of the genre, and Reggae lyrics and themes, especially those dealing with global issues.
The curator of “The Lion Awakes” is Michael Gutierrez, Associate Librarian in the Reference Department of the University of Delaware Library.
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