Soul Vendors Drummer Joe Isaacs Marches On

As the Jamaica Observer reports, there is a documentary about Joe “Drummie” Isaacs and Studio 1 Rock Steady in the making. Not bad, eh?

In it, Isaacs, who played on many classic songs at Studio One during the 1960s, speaks of his days working with legendary musicians including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Jackie Mittoo, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Toots and the Maytals, the Heptones, Marcia Griffiths [and] Burning Spear.

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Feel alright, Rude Boy: Marley

Review of the highly rated new Bob Marley portrait in the Guardian.

Macdonald, however, is clearly concerned to offer more than a straight music biog; he grapples at length with Marley’s philosophical and religious convictions, as well as his precarious place above the fray of Jamaica’s post-colonial political antagonism.

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University Goes… Reggae!

Nice article in today’s Observer about how the album “Catch a fire” changed reggae music.

[P]rofessor [Alleyne], who holds a master’s degree in English from the University of the West Indies, sought to explain that although Catch A Fire marks a defining moment in the internationalisation of reggae [...], the militancy and urgency of Catch A Fire were the yardsticks against which other albums such as Kaya, Exodus, Rastaman Vibration, Natty Dread and Burnin were often measured.

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The 100 Best Bob Marley Tunes?

Wunderhübsch aufgemachte Top 100 von Marley Tunes mit Soundfiles. Leider die falschen Tunes in der falschen Reihenfolge.

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Bob Marley’s Heirs Destroying His Legacy?

Das Forbes Magazine macht sich Sorgen um Bobs Erbe.

Sadly, events surrounding his estate have been anything but consistent with his musical legacy. 2011 marked the 30-year anniversary of the day Marley died of cancer, at the age of 36, on May 11, 1981. In those 30 years, his estate has seen far too many court fights, lawsuits and money-grabs to count. And that legacy of fighting over money doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon.

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How Rita Marley cut off The Wailers

Interesting article in yesterday’s Montreal Gazette:

Bunny Wailer may be the last living “Wailer” – Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 and Peter Tosh was murdered in 1987 – but no one has done more musically to keep the spirit of Bob Marley alive than The Wailers’ original bassist and bandleader, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who continues to tour the world with new incarnations of The Wailers, featuring young musicians paired with off-and-on past members from the 1970s.

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Cedella Marley: The One Love Book


Wer seine Kinder so sehr hasst, dass er sie mit Weihnachtsreggae für Kinder noch nicht gestraft genug sieht, der kann mit One Love nachlegen und so für ein tränenreiches und freudloses Weihnachten mit dem gewissen Extra Watchtower-Look sorgen. Hmmm.

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Bob Marley & Footy

Watch more photos on whoateallthepies or read nice Bob Marley & The Wailers football stories at timeout

When Marley came to London to play Crystal Palace Bowl in 1980, he didn’t want to do any interviews. Instead, Partridge booked the five-a-side court at Eternit Wharf Sports Centre in Fulham for four afternoons. Anybody who wanted to meet Bob had to challenge him and the Wailers to a match. ‘I remember we took all 11 Wailers up to a sports shop on the Fulham Palace Road to get some kit,’ says Partridge. ‘The shopkeepers didn’t know what had hit them.’

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Things ain’t mellow.


Everything is looked at from only one perspective: that it can be used for something else, however vague the notion of this use may be. (Theodor W. Adorno, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception)

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“If you love reggae, you’ve got to love soul.”: David Rodigan

The Guardian about legendary DJ David Rodigan and some of his favourite tunes and albums. It must be a mistake, though, to call skinhead music “not cool”.

Catch A Fire – The Wailers
The first proper reggae album and, again, it’s got that historical context: “They brutalised our very souls.” I first heard it at college. I’d been slightly mocked by my peer group as ska had been cool in summer of 67 but wasn’t so cool when it became rocksteady, skinhead music. This album changed everything; fellow students saying, “Actually, you were right.” So I stuck a review of it up on the student noticeboard.

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