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Bob Marley: Better Off Dread

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As we continue to share with you articles documenting the life of Bob Marley, I am pleased to report that I finally got my hands on a near-mint copy of the Smash Hits issue which was published on August 7, 1980. The interview occurs just one month prior to The...
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Exodus: An Historical Perspective

Reggae’s most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley’s music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly...
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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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Ghost on Wax: Bob Andy’s Incomparable Song Book

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© Imani Collings Bob Andy.  Ever heard of him? I didn’t think so.  How about Dennis Brown? Barrington Levy? Freddie McGregor? Gregory Isaacs? I-Roy? J.C. Lodge? Ken Boothe? Marcia Griffiths? Luciano? Maxi Priest? Mighty Diamonds? Sanchez? Sluggy Ranks? The Specials? Wayne Wonder? UB40? Now we’re talking, right?  These are, without...
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Squidly Cole: The Singing Drummer Got That Bloodline

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Wilburn Anthony “Squidly” Cole is on the move once again. Who is Squidly Cole, you say – this singing drummer? Squidly Cole is a drummer, songwriter, producer and yes, singer. Cole is not just any drummer, but the drummer who recorded the demo for Ziggy Marley and the...
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