Colin Grant is the author of I and I The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Wailer. Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers—one of the most influential groups in popular music.
Grant is a historian, Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and producer for BBC Radio. He joined the BBC in 1991, and has worked as a TV script editor and radio producer of arts and science programmes on radio 4 and the World Service. He has written and directed plays including The Clinic, based on the lives of the photojournalists, Tim Page and Don McCullin.
In 1973 the Wailers were on the verge of breaking up, they released Burnin’, an album that would indeed feature the final Wailers performances of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Chris Blackwell and Rita Marley tell the story of Burnin’, an album that helped change how the world viewed reggae. This Podcast was produced for NPR after the album was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.