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‘Marley, the Maytals, and the Reggae Armageddon’ (Bob Marley interview, 1975)

Today Midnight Raver shares with you an interview that Richard Cromelin conducted with Bob Marley in 1975.  The interview, published in Rolling Stone magazine on 11 September 1975, provides insight into Rastafari, the use of ganja as a sacrament, and Babylon.  The article also includes a short piece by Richard Cromelin called “An Herbal Meditation with Bob Marley.”  I have included an audio file of this interview.

The interview was conducted at the Tropicana Hotel in Hollywood,  Los Angeles, CA hotel during the Wailers’ U.S. Natty Dread tour.  They are in L.A. to play 5 consecutive shows at the world-famous Roxy on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.  This tour introduces the Wailers to a fickle, and mostly skeptical U.S. audience, however it is attended by the who’s who of Hollywood celebrities.

The Natty Dread Tour was a concert tour organised to support the album Natty Dread by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

The tour began in Miami, Florida, on 5 June 1975, and ended in Manchester, England, on 20 July 1975. In late June Marley did 14 shows in seven days at Paul’s Mall in Boston. During the second tour leg in England, the first live album Live! was recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. Before the tour started, Marley performed a concert along with Jackson Five in March in Kingston. After the tour, Marley performed the Wonder Dream Concert, featuring Stevie Wonder and his old bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

While on the Natty Dread Tour, Marley did his first performance outside Jamaica, England and the United States when playing the Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.




I have also included a review of the opening night concert by Richard Cromelin from the L.A. Times.

Concert Review
By Richard Cromelin

Roxy 1975

© Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Roxy 1975




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