At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity.
For Bob Marley to become a household name, he needed to posthumously conquer the suburbs.
The transportive power of music never ceases to amaze. Whenever I hear the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," it's suddenly 1997 inside my head; I'm back in high school, daydreaming while sitting on my bedroom floor, and my little blue boombox's dial is tuned to my favorite radio station, which plays ... More >>
"Thanks Bob! Thanks for having Bob Fest!" Neil Young enthuses at one point during his set at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. And though methinks that the October 1992 show at Madison Square Garden paying tribute to the Bard of Hibbing was due more to the planning of Columbia Records than t ... More >>
On June 25th, the already delicate spine of American music culture may be shattered forever. Bob Marley & the Wailer's Legend is getting an EDM makeover. Read that again if need be. Bob Marley & The Wailer's Legend--the quintessential album for mild, moderate, and severe reggae addicts--is getting a ... More >>
Legal (except in New Jersey schools) tranquilizers? Peeking out from among the Malta cans and bottles of kola champagne and ginger beer in bodega refrigerator cases in neighborhoods like Flatbush, Bed-Stuy, and Clinton Hill, beverages bearing a likeness of Wailers lead singer (and prodigious pothe ... More >>
Five days of reggae royalty, mixing it up on-screen
VP Records is the Jamaica, Queens-based powerhouse of the international reggae scene. It owns and distributes a score of other labels including its longtime rival, Greensleeves. Founded by Vincent "Randy" Chin (who died in 2003) and his wife, Patriciachildren of Chinese immigrants to Jamaica ... More >>
THE SONG: "Ertra, Ertra, Ertra." THE YEAR: 1993. THE REASON: Unbearably shrill second half; ruined all Uncanny X-Men back issues featuring Siryn and/or Banshee. To write that the Eritrean national anthem sounds as though the Horn of Africa has severed ties with its mainland and receded into the Re ... More >>
The Mi Ami rocker hits the decks as Ital
Is $11 too much money to pay for a grilled cheese sandwich? That's the question posed by Beecher's Big Deal, one of its special sandwiches: a grilled cheese packed with caramelized onions, spinach, salami, smoked turkey, and the shop's No Woman cheese, which is flavored with jerk spices. The gourm ... More >>
Today marks Bob Marley's birthday, and although he's now gone, why not celebrate his memory with a Jamaican feast? The Caribbean island's cuisine has become more popular in recent years in New York City, with everything from food trucks to high-end establishments popping up. Here's how to party in B ... More >>
Mick RockTheophilus London, as shot by Mick Rock. Anyone interested in rock photography knows the name Mick Rock, and anyone interested in rockparticularly of the classic and punk varietiesis aware of his images. "I started taking pictures in late 1969," says Rock. "The first ... More >>
by Vivien Goldman Jimmy Cliff with Pat McKay Miss Lily's Variety Monday, November 28 Better than: Anywhere else in the world. "I can't believe it! My first night in New York and I'm getting to see Jimmy Cliff! In a tiny place like this!" The gobsmacked girl reggae journalist over from London had ... More >>
Facebook This was spotted at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store on Friday morning during the hubbub prior to the iPhone 4S's release. That is a real hairstyle! It's possibly cooler than the tribute on Bond Street we wrote about last week.
Not content with just being announced as part of the rather-weak Lollapalooza 2011 lineup today, Nas and Damian Marley have dropped the music video for "Nah Mean" from their album Distant Relatives. The clip, shot almost entirely in black and white, follows Nasty Nas and Jr. Gong as they take ... More >>
Still capable of defecating on your microphone, surprisingly. Pics by Santiago Felipe, more below.Lauryn Hill The Blue Note Monday, January 3 Better Than: You had any right to expect The bad news always comes first with Lauryn Hill. And so. Initial advertised start time: 8 p.m. Revised star ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Here is the moment where Jeff Lynne finally captures the hard-earned title of "second worst Wilbury."
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. The sensitive-guy song from this Los Angeles group, which reached the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with its ode to its members' intoxicating qualities "Like A G6," is a wan bit of treacle that doesn't really go a ... More >>
Why the blockbuster collusion of Distant Relatives feels so . . . distant
God bless Vic Ruggiero et al, who turn old dogs into new, vaguely dog-like creatures
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. It's a shame the legacy of impossibly gifted MC Notorious B.I.G. is limited to two classic albums and one decent-enough comp--but, hey, better than the Pollard-style recording jags that Tupac has mysteriously maint ... More >>
Youssou NDour brings the hits
Reggaephiles rediscover the slow jam, and women
New Jack Swingers come to the end of the road
Reggae's cause célébre celebrates both his new record's release, and his own
N.Y. film fest challenges Western view of war-torn continent
Oh yes. A few tips for non-islanders on honoring and wooing the Jamaican massive
Bob Marley's former PR person provides fly-on-the-wall account
Major tie-up on the one-way street from jazz to jam
Money For Nothing in Used-CD Central
Sir Coxsone Turns On the Power
Struggling to be gay in the land of 'one love'