I have included a 3-hour podcast tribute to the late, great Peter Tosh.
Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987), was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a major member of The Wailers for 11 years (1963–1974), and who afterward had a successful solo career. He was also a promoter of Rastafari, a mystical religious and social movement that originated in Jamaica.
Peter Tosh cut a wide swathe through the Jamaican musical scene, both as a founding member of the Wailers and as a solo artist. During his solo career, he released some of the most influential reggae albums in the history of Jamaican music. He toured with the Rolling Stones and had an international hit duet with Mick Jagger.
Sadly, like many of his contemporaries, he met a violent end in his home on September 11, 1987.
Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 FM November 23, 2010.
Peter Tosh found international fame alongside Bob Marley as a member of The Wailers. As a solo artist he released several landmark reggae albums and even recorded with the Rolling Stones. But he was more than just a successful pop star: he was a revolutionary and a hero to many of Jamaica’s poor. He spent his life as a strident campaigner for civil rights and for the legalisation of marijuana. He was more militant and political than his former band mate and his uncompromising arrogance often landed him in serious trouble. For that reason, as this documentary reveals, his life could be as brutal as the way it ended. Grammy award winning film-maker Don Letts explores his career.