Babylon By Bus Bob Marley & The Wailers Live and Up Close

BABYLON BY BUS is a unique photo book about the tours and triumphs of Bob Marley & The Wailers on the European mainland, with a focus on the Netherlands. Experience the concerts and the golden age of reggae, when the music celebrated its greatest triumphs. The detailed concert and backstage stories by Martijn Huisman come to life with the black-and-white and full colour photos by rock photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot. He captured Marley at his best, onstage and backstage, live and up close. Babylon By Bus is a must-have photobook for any Marley fan and reggae enthusiast. Also available in Dutch.


  • Authors: Martijn Huisman & Gijsbert Hanekroot
  • ISBN13: 9789082265033
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 152
  • Photos: 70
  • Dimensions: 240mm (H) x 170mm (W)
  • Paper: High quality photo paper
  • Binding method: Otabind, for optimal flatness

Order your copy

Babylon By Bus: Bob Marley & The Wailers Live and Up Close is available online, directly via us (the authors) as well as from Amazon. Want a signed, personalized copy of the book? Send us an e-mail and we will make it happen!

Order from authors (e-mail) € 19,95 (or local equivalent) € 19,99
Amazon UK € 19,95
Amazon NL € 19,95


Many of the photographs taken by Dutch photographers are seen here for the first time. The firsthand accounts [...] make this version of Bob's story unique. Excellent documentation of a brief moment in time and place, shedding new light on the man and his touring milieu."

— Chuck Foster, Reggae Festival Guide 2019

There's hundreds of books out there about Bob Marley but very few are unique. This is one of the unique and necessary ones. It contains beautiful photos and nice information about BMW journey through the Netherlands. Done out of love and for the price I'd buy a copy today. Pure quality.

— Review

This is a really a great coffee table book. The photos are an awesome window into Bob's 1976 trip to Amsterdam during the Rastaman Vibration tour, and capture Bob with certain levels of both innocent exuberance and engagement with others that I've rarely seen in other photo sets of the Gong. The photos are printed on nice quality paper too, so it's really something to see.

— Review

About the authors

Martijn Huisman

Martijn Huisman

Martijn Huisman (Rotterdam, 1986) is a long-time Marley fan and reggae enthusiast, researcher and author. He has appeared on Dutch NPO Radio 1 and NPO Radio 5 and BBC World Service to talk about Bob Marley, while also appearing in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. In 2018 he was a delegate speaker at the Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture conference in Birmingham.

Gijsbert Hanekroot

Gijsbert Hanekroot

Gijsbert Hanekroot (Brussel, 1945) started in 1969 as a photographer of rock musicians. He travelled frequently and came face to face with the music icons of that period. His photos are exhibited around the world in cities like Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo.


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