Johnny Depp Explains Why Bob Marley And Bob Dylan Are In The Same Arena

The Hollywood Vampires guitarist Johnny Depp recently sat down with Castle Galleries to discuss his Friends & Heroes II collection, in which he portrayed the legendary singer Bob Marley. The actor also talked about how unique artists both Marley and Bob Dylan are.

Dylan and Marley are both known for their socially conscious lyrics and impact on popular culture. Despite their different backgrounds and musical styles, they both used their music as a platform to address social and political issues. Marley’s music often dealt with themes of poverty, inequality, and oppression, while Dylan’s early work focused on civil rights and anti-war movements.

Depp also seems to think there are some parallels between the two iconic artists, so they deserve to be recognized in the same arena. The guitarist started his words by describing Marley as a hero and legend. Then, he talked about his 1976 song, ‘War,’ which was largely derived from a speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I to the United Nations General Assembly in 1963.

The speech condemned the practice of apartheid in South Africa and called for an end to all forms of oppression and exploitation around the world. So, Depp appreciated Marley’s message of peace and also discussed the other themes in the singer’s music. The actor then said that Marley was also a unique artist like Dylan in terms of the themes and lyrics he used in his music.

Johnny Depp’s thoughts on Bob Marley:

“Bob Marley, another hero, another legend. Marley’s words, if you take even one song… Let’s take the song’ War.’ ‘Until the philosophy / Which hold one race superior and another inferior / Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned / Everywhere is war.’

That’s one verse, and his expression of that rage for wanting peace so bad led him to perform that song, ‘War.’ Then you’ve got songs about living in Trenchtown, his life, his boyhood; every thought is in those songs. Bob Marley is another unique artist in the arena of [Bob] Dylan.”

In the first collection of his Friends & Heroes, Depp also portrayed Bob Dylan as one of the many other artists he worked on. So, apparently, he really admires both Dylan and Marley, so much so that he gave a place to both legendary names in his work.