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Lee “Scratch” Perry studio tape

Included here with this post are several peculiar things. First up a Jah Raver EXCLUSIVE! As we celebrate Lee “Scratch” Perry’s 80th birthday this month, today we share an unreleased studio rehearsal tape. Simply titled “Scratch Rehearsal,” the tape was given to me to digitally transfer by the...
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Can Jamaica still claim reggae music as its own?

Writer Shereita Grizzle penned an interesting article  titled ‘Can Jamaica still claim reggae music as its own?’ which appeared in the Jamaica Gleaner a few days ago. Ms. Grizzle deserves much credit for asking Jamaica this tough question.  Her piece is thoughtful and well-written and raises several interesting...
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The Shooting Of Bob Marley

This blog survives day-to-day because of the brilliant work of others.  Vivienne Goldman documented the Wailers like nobody else did.  She was able to do this because she was part of Bob’s circle of friends.  She lived it.  Endless bus tours, countless trips to Jamaica, and nights spent...
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Wailers Tour U.S. (1971-1972)

Early reporting from the Jamaica Gleaner on The Wailers’ visit to the U.S.  The Gleaner refers to the group as ‘Bob Marley and the Wailing Wailers.’ The article describes a two-week tour where the band plays a gig at New York’s Concourse Plaza on New Year’s night and...
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Rare Marley and Tosh Acoustic Session, 1973

Today I am sharing a rare jam session featuring Bob Marley and Peter Tosh circa 1973.  This jam session, recorded by Wailers’ member Lee Jaffe, is one of many that occur at the Island House at 56 Hope Road in 1973.  Music is played around the clock at...
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Bob Marley and Martha Velez: Escape From Babylon

Martha Velez is an American actress and singer of Puerto Rican descent, probably best known for her performance in the Broadway musical “Hair”. In May 1975 she travels to Jamaica for three weeks to record with reggae star Bob Marley. She is the only American artist for whom...
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