I am pleased to announce that the Midnight Raver Blog has teamed with DJ and noted reggae historian and archivist Doug Wendt AKA “Midnight Dread” to share select items from his vast archive which actually predate the Rastafari and reggae movement of the 1970′s. These items include rare and unreleased interviews, Midnight Dread radio shows, rare music, Marley/Tosh/Wailers music and media, and much more!
Here is an example of something you will find in Doug’s archives:
“Midnight Dread’s Bob Marley Show produced in honor of his 2012 birthday celebration. This hour long special features several rare dub mixes as well as Marley’s single most stunning live performance ever. Also included: Hailie Selassie’s “War” speech as he originally delivered it in Amharic followed by Bob’s alternate version of “War” with all the complete lyrics taken from Selassie’s speech. Yes I!”
I have included an excerpt from a documentary produced by Dermot Hussey and the folks at the JBC upon Peter’s murder in 1987. This “minidoc” includes rare performances, and interviews with Edward Seaga, Marlene Brown, Dermot Hussey, Jimmy Cliff, and several others. The included live performance shots are from the Greek Theatre, LA 1983 and Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland Parish, JA 1977.
Although the quality is far from great, this short documentary is notable as a crucial piece of the puzzle that is Peter Tosh’s musical and media archive.
I have posted an excerpt from this show, which originally aired on the JBC in September 1987, in order to avoid copyright issues. The posting of this excerpt qualifies as fair use for the purpose of education, historical, and artist promotion purposes.