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.
Rocko is much more than the astronomical, controversial smash, "U.O.E.N.O." He's been around for years, having signed to Def Jam in 2006, but U.O.E.N.O. it. He's more than just a rapper, having signed Future years ago when his name was Meathead the Future, but you don't even know that either. In fac ... More >>
New York is not only the birthplace of hip-hop culture, but the home of the first television program to broadcast rap videos. Video visionary Ralph McDaniels launched "Video Music Box" 30 years ago and now, three decades and a global phenomenon later, the hip-hop nation is ready to celebrate. Among ... More >>
Gotcha with the headline, but I'm not here to hate on mbv. I'm a fan. I've daydreamed a dozen Loveless follow-ups, but I wasn't satisfied with the ones in my head-- I needed to hear what Kevin Shields had crashing around in his. m b v is not quite what I hoped for and not quite what I expected, whic ... More >>
The collector-scum world can get disturbingly insular, curtains-drawn creepy, and far removed from, you know, fun. Which is why Jeremy Thompson's label Sing Sing Records and his brand-new book, Wired UP! Glam, Proto Punk and Bubblegum European Picture Sleeves 1970 - 1976, are a welcome blast of Pop ... More >>
One of the last independent reggae labels standing
Some DJs are quiet, let-the-music-do-the-talking types, but not Jonathan Toubin. Interviewed for this week's Voice profile, the 4Knots Music Festival Afterparty host was enthusiastic and opinionated, generating a novella's worth of transcript. More highlights from our conversation are below, as Toub ... 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 >>
Etta James used to tell a story about meeting Billie Holiday in which Holiday told herfatherless wild child to fatherless wild childnot to let the bad men and drugs that were going to come her way destroy her. Something about that brief conversation must've stuck, because despit ... More >>
As pop stars go, Annie is about as star-crossed as they get. Ever since the Norwegian electro-pop artist released her debut single, "The Greatest Hit," back in 1999, Anne Lilia Berge-Strand has had to deal with tragedy after tragedy. The first was both business and personal: in 2001, Berge-Strand ... More >>
--The onetime musician Ryan Adams, whose next new book of poetry, Hello Sunshine, just landed on top of his last one, Infinity Blues, at SOTC HQ, is taking his act to the Awl, where he'll be reviewing video games. Ahem: "Playing Gorf is like getting wasted, or what I remember about getting wa ... More >>
"We always just wanted to be Fugazi, but people saw us otherwise." Thursday: Geoff Rickly is the one in the middle It's been almost a decade since Thursday released their breakout record Full Collapse, the album that launched the "post-hardcore" band into a major label contract with Island Records ... More >>
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