Publication details

The Reggae Nation: The Global Legacy of Bob Marley & The Wailers is the result of ten years of research and is the first comprehensive attempt to explore and understand the global achievements, presence, and impact of Bob Marley and the Wailers and their contributions to the ‘Reggae Nation’: the worldwide reggae community. In honouring the memory and legacy of Bob Marley, The Reggae Nation bears witness to and celebrates the enduring vibrancy of reggae music and its global spread.

The Reggae Nation - book by Martijn Huisman (2021)

As a global history of reggae and a reggae travelogue rolled into one, The Reggae Nation takes readers on an extraordinary and unique journey through time and space. From the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the frozen heights of the Himalayas in Nepal, and numerous places in between on all continents, this comprehensive volume takes readers to the roots and along the routes of reggae and Rastafari.

The Reggae Nation - book by Martijn Huisman (2021)

A striking, one-of-a-kind 432-page publication, The Reggae Nation is colourfully and richly designed and illustrated by Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest. The book features nearly 300 photos, many of which by renowned reggae and pop music photographers from around the world, including Lee Abel, Adrian Boot, Murray Cammick, Ueli Frey, Kim Gottlieb-Walker, Gijsbert Hanekroot, Marcello Mencarini, Ebet Roberts, Mitsuhiro Sugawara, and Rob Verhorst. With a foreword by Roger Steffens, reggae archivist and author of So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley.

The Reggae Nation - book by Martijn Huisman (2021)

The Reggae Nation is published as a one-time limited edition of 600 hardcover copies in coffee table format: 23,5 cm (9.25″) x 30 cm (11,81″) x 3,9 cm (1.54“), weighing about 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs). Each of the 600 copies of the book is numbered and signed by the author. The book can also be personalized when ordering from the author directly.

The Reggae Nation - book by Martijn Huisman (2021)

The Reggae Nation highlights the author’s commitment to reggae, desire to share his knowledge and passion, and intention to give something back to the music and culture which has given the author so much. The book never was about money and turning a profit. That is why the project has a non-profit character and the proceeds of book sales (after covering the production costs) go to charity, namely the non-profit organization HELP Jamaica! HELP Jamaica! supports educational projects in Jamaica to give children, young people, and adults from economically and socially disadvantaged areas the opportunity to learn, empower themselves, and nurture new skills.

The Reggae Nation - book by Martijn Huisman (2021)

Praise for the book

“A travelogue of inspiring revelations, with eloquent descriptions of Marley’s globe-spanning inspiration. Huisman is an articulate guide as he spins the globe, bringing remote outposts and cultures into view where Marley’s works have taken hold.”
– Roger Steffens (USA) – Author of So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley –

“A book unlike any other and one that I encourage all Marley and reggae fans to get. It takes the reader around the globe and exposes them to the seeds that Bob planted so many years ago and what they resulted in. From the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the seas of Japan, this book will take the reader on a journey of a lifetime. Along the way you’ll learn how one man from Jamaica impacted an entire planet for the better good of humanity.”
– Joe Jurgensen (USA) – Author of Bob Marley: The Complete Annotated Bibliography –

“AWESOME 🎸🎤🎹🪘🥁🎺🎷@reggaenationbook 💚🧡❤️👑”
– Junior Marvin (USA) – Guitarist Bob Marley and The Wailers –

“A few days ago I’ve got your phenomenal book! It’s fantastic! Everything fits: the writing, the photographs, the design, the quality of the paper and the binding. It’s quite a masterwork!”
– Rainer Bratfisch (Germany) – Author of Das grosse Reggae-Lexikon: Rastas, Riddims, Roots & Reggae: Vom Ska bis zum Dancehalla –

“Wow, what a brilliant accomplishment, popping graphics, heavy weight like a treasure, great photos…..and I haven’t even read anything yet! Who in the world with any interest in reggae at all would not want a copy?”
– Lee Abel (USA) – Reggae and Jamaica photographer –

“This hard-back book is an exceptional piece of work. It’s a real ‘labour of love’, to be cherished by the reggae community. Wonderfully-well packaged and produced, spilling over with an array of revealing insights. It is fair to say that this wonderfully-well illustrated tome is an invaluable addition to reggae’s library stock. As they now say around the globe: ‘Raspect’!”
– Gerry McMahon (Ireland) – Reggae writer and reviewer –

The Reggae Nation - book by Martijn Huisman (2021)

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Since its release, The Reggae Nation has gotten media attention from around the world, appearing on television, radio, in newspapers, and online. Below are three videos which show you more about the book and its author.

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2022-02-04 | The Reggae Nation live on Sunrise morning program on live Jamaican TV (CVM TV)
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2021-09-24 | Reggae Connection (in Dutch) with DJ Maroon Wax about The Reggae Nation
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2021-03-18 | The Reggae Nation on Reggaeville, the world's biggest reggae website