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Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rastaman Vibration (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

"Chase them crazy bald heads out of town" ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1990

Confrontational classics from Bob Marley ...

Burnin': Bob Marley and the Wailers take Britain

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

Babylon's freezing. The Wailers arrive on a mission to ignite below-zero Britain. Thus begins the demise of the original band and the rise of a ...

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Bob Marley (1975)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1975

The day after his legendary Lyceum show, Marley expounds on Babylon, Rastafari, Jamaica, his universal message, and the meaning of 'I Shot The Sheriff'.

File format: mp3; file size: 11.5mb, interview length: 25' 01" sound quality: ****

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Reggae: Black Gold of Jamaica

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1972

Reggae – in its more commercial form – has won the battle for mass acceptance, and has gone on to influence rock and soul musicians ...

Bob Marley: The First Genius of Reggae?

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1973

BOB MARLEY, slightly-built and quiet to the point of diffidence, is a leader. He's the master of Reggae, the man who's about to give it ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Island)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Creem, May 1973

WELL I SUPPOSE it serves you — America — right. For five years some of the best music has been coming out of little studios ...

The Wailers: Catch A Fire

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, May 1973

AFTER ALL THESE veers, a new Wailers' LP! But wait, Catch A Fire doesn't have anything to do with those soggy Seattle-ites who rocked hot ...

The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Island)

Review by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1973

WITH THE Wailers presently heralded as the reggae band by music acclaimants, I expect to see Catch a Fire amongst those record collections where Eddie ...

Bob Marley: In The Studio With The Wailers

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE ROLLING STONES are upstairs in Studio 1, where they've been for the past five weeks. ...

Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, July 1973

Waiters Serve Up Genuine Reggay ...

Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, August 1973

Wailers fail to catch afire ...

Bob Marley: Wollman Skating Rink, New York NY

Live Review by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, July 1975

IT WAS THE first one of those muggy nights this season, when the air is so close it cuts down your breathing, that Bob Marley ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, July 1975

BOB MARLEY and the Wailers reached the Lyceum two nights ago, in some style. By early evening, long before they were due to appear, the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

"HEY, MON... WHAT are all these whites doin' here? They not here last time the Wailers play..." ...

Bob Marley: Wailin'

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1975

After two amazing gigs last week in London, Bob Marley is being universally hailed as reggae's first superstar. Karl Dallas watches the Wailers in action ...

Bob Marley: Marley On The Mount

Interview by Idris Walters, Sounds, August 1975

Last week you got the low-down on Bob Marley, King of the Rastafarians. But it goes a little deeper than that. For a start the ...

An Herbal Meditation with Bob Marley

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, September 1975

LOS ANGELES – This Bible is not the arcane, apocryphal version you might expect to find in the possession of these mysterious Rastas, but a ...

Bob Marley et al: Jamaica

Overview by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, October 1975

FIRST DAY, RAIN. Thick clouds and then more rain. It is, I'm told, the wetter of Jamaica's two wet seasons. ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live at the Lyceum (Island) 35 mins.*****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1975

IN THESE troubled times of ours there's very few things you can be sure of. ...

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Rastaman Vibration

Review by Simon Frith, Street Life, May 1976

I DON'T KNOW how this music will be rated but my word would be mellow. This is a very uncluttered album – the rhythms are ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1976

RIOTS LAST NIGHT they said, marauding hordes of smart, mean kids swarming around getting illegal all over the place with property and the concession stands ...

Bob Marley: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1976

THERE WERE EXACTLY four things wrong with the final show by the Wailers at Hammersmith last Friday. ...

Reggae: Black Punks On 'Erb

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

'Youth is the first thing that hits you about the musicians...reggae is still a young music, further progress is made every day' ...

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

THERE WERE EXACTLY FOUR things wrong with the final show by the Wailers at the Hammersmith last Friday. ...

Bob Marley And The Wailers: Exodus

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

From a purely marketing point of view, this is the one. With Rastaman Vibration’s appearance, there weren’t many music fans on the planet unaware of ...

Bob Marley And The Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

And I went in there feeling conscientious, like I really wanted to take notes. But believe me when I tell you, nothing seemed less important ...

Bob Marley: Movement Of Jah People

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

ISN'T IT A NICE feeling... isn't it a nice day...isn't it a nice feeling..." Bob Marley croons, strumming on an acoustic guitar. He's glowing, planted ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

THE TENSION in the Rainbow was almost painful, the only relief the appearance of the Wallers. ...

Bob Marley: Jahve, Mon

Comment by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

We know where we're going,We know where we're fromWe're from Babylon Bob Marley – 'Exodus' ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Birth Of A Legend Vol I (Epic/Calla EPC 82066)****/Birth Of A Legend (Calla 2 CAS-1240)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

FIRST OF all, the obvious. Why review two albums with the same name? ...

Bob Marley: T'ings Could Be Worse

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

"Talking to no-one is strange, Talking to someone is stranger." – Kevin Coyne ...

Bob Marley: Kaya (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

Marley runs on the spot ...

One Love Peace Festival

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

SUNDAY AFTERNOON Bob Marley relaxed on his front stoop. Everybody is still discussing the One Love peace show the previous day, on the night of ...

Bob Marley and The Wailers: Kaya (Island)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, July 1978

THE FIRE HASN'T gone out, but it is on low flame and being used more for warmth than for arson. ...

Bob Marley: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, July 1978

BETWEEN I AND I, a writer's relationship with his reader is a balance of equal power: the former dictates terms, but only at the latter's ...

A Lost Leader? Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Babylon By Bus

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, November 1978

THE BEST RECORD Bob Marley ever made was the live single version of ‘No Woman, No Cry’. The reasons for its success were complex, but ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Babylon By Bus

Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

ALL THE points are easily made. You have your join-the-dots special Christmas present package. Bob Marley and The Wailers skank in and out the Western ...

Bob Marley: A Day Out At The Gun Court

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1979

SET IN maybe half an acre of ground, 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6 is a sprawling, wood-fronted, two-storey detached house, its flaking cream paint seeming ...

Bob Marley In His Own Backyard

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, August 1979

AS YOU drive through the white-pillared gates into the grounds of 56 Hope Road, the first thing you notice is that the road doesn't have ...

Bob Marley: Survival (Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, September 1979

SOME PEOPLE mellow as they get older. Bob Marley gets angrier and wiser. Following the relaxed, self-fulfilled Exodus and Kaya, Survival marks a surprising but ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Apollo Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, NME, November 1979

BOB MARLEY had to change his approach. He had a virtual patent in the international arena on the stance of the mad-shaman reggae icon, the ...

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Confrontation (Island)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1980

MOST RECORD COMPANIES waste little time in emptying the vaults when a major artist dies, but Island has refrained from pursuing that course with the ...

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Uprising (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, NME, July 1980

"But even without the forceful pressures of the slaves, the slave system was collapsing surreptitiously from within..."(The Caribbean: Franklin W Knight: Oxford University Press) ...

Bob Marley: Better Off Dread

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, August 1980

IF THE first time you heard Bob Marley and the Wailers was when ‘Could You Be Loved’ came skanking out of the radio, you probably ...

The I Three: The 3 Wise Is

Interview by Vivien Goldman, NME, August 1980

VIVIEN GOLDMAN checks out the Rastafarian way of feminism with the I Three ...

Bob Marley: A Personal Remembrance

Memoir by Vivien Goldman, NME, May 1981

"I don't believe in death – neither in flesh nor in spirit..." ...

Bob Marley's Final Return Home

Report by Vivien Goldman, NME, May 1981

King of Reggae laid to rest in Jamaica ...

Bob Marley: The undisputed world ambassador of reggae

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

BOB MARLEY ALMOST SINGLE-HANDEDLY introduced reggae music to European and American audiences and, more than any other artist, was responsible for establishing it as a ...

The Chapel of Love: Bob Marley’s Last resting Place

Report by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, June 1983

ON A HILLSIDE in a peaceful corner of Jamaica’s lush rural hinterland – Natural Mystic Country – perches the simple white-washed chapel erected on the ...

Timothy White: Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley Stephen Davis: Bob Marley

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1983

YES MI FRIEND, mi good friend, them set me free again... ...

Confronting Marley’s Legacy

Retrospective by Carol Cooper, Record, The, September 1983

NEW YORK – King Tut was playing Munich when I arrived in January of 1981 to pay my last respects to Bob Marley. I remember ...

Bob Marley: Legend

Review by Richard Cook, NME, May 1984

ONE STRANGE THING. Naturally, we group Bob Marley with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson: black music-makers with the stature of giants. Yet ...

Bob Marley To Live On Through Reggae Tour: Rita Marley talks about her late husband's legacy and U.S. tour

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

THREE YEARS AFTER Bob Marley succumbed to cancer, his old Wailers band and three backing vocalists — including his widow — are embarking on an ...

Aston Barrett: Rhythm Behind The Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1984

THE BARRETT BROTHERS may be the most influential unsung heroes in pop music. ...

Bob Marley: Talkin' Blues

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, March 1991

IT IS A popular truism that the obsessiveness with which popular culture picks through the bones of its most illustrious dead is the sign of ...

Bob Marley: Songs For Freedom

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1992

WHEN LITTLE RICHARD stood up at his piano and hollered 'Tutti Frutti', he sounded like a man who'd just broken out of prison. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Early Wailers: Fussing & Fighting

Report by Larry Jaffee, Billboard, June 1994

Marley Catalog Is A Source Of Strife, Suits ...

Can't Fight The Youth: Bob Marley's Early Years

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, March 1995

1945. THE PREGNANCY WAS PROBLEM-FREE. On the first Sunday of February, 1945, Cedella Marley went to church as usual. The next day she hoped to ...

Celebrating Bob Marley at Studio One

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, February 1998

On the 35th anniversary of Studio One ...

Bob Marley: Trenchtown Rock

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1999

DOVETAILING NICELY with the recent 3-CD set from JAD Records, Trench Town Rock presents the most wide-ranging account yet of the second chapter of The ...

Bob Marley and Dennis Morris: Marley's Ghost

Profile and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 2001

ONE DAY in the troubled winter of 1973, a 16-year-old wannabe photographer named Dennis Morris played truant from school in Hackney, east London, and took ...

Bob Marley And The Wailers: Live!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, June 2001

ALONG WITH the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club and Prince at the Lyceum, these shows played in London by Bob Marley And The Wailers ...

Bob Marley CD Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

Catch A Fire*****Burnin'****Natty Dread****Live!****Rastaman Vibration***All Island Roots Of Passage: First instalment of definitive reissue programme ...

Bob Marley: Change Is Gonna Come

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 2002

BY 1966, IT LOOKED LIKE THE WAILING WAILERS WERE FINISHED ON the Jamaican music scene. They had recorded numerous hits, eventually challenging The Maytals as ...

The Night Bob Marley Didn't Play the Bouncing Ball

Memoir by Penny Reel, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

IT IS 1973, around the time of the release of Catch A Fire, that Bob Marley And The Wailers are booked to play at Admiral ...

Bob Marley

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2004

DECEMBER 3, 1976. A mellow, starry Friday night at 56 Hope Road, Bob Marley's Kingston home. Children playing in the yard – three of them ...

The Shooting of Bob Marley

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2004

DECEMBER 3, 1976. A mellow, starry Friday night at 56 Hope Road, Bob Marley's Kingston home. Children playing in the yard - three of them ...

The Wailers: Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong/Island)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2005

CATCH A FIRE set the world alight but Burnin’ got it blazing. By the time Eric Clapton took the album’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ to ...

Bob Marley: Keep On Moving

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, New Statesman, May 2007

Hailed as the best album of the 20th century, Bob Marley's Exodus is 30 years old next month. Vivien Goldman recalls the sessions that produced ...

Bob Marley: The Lost Prophet

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, Word, The, May 2012

A new documentary presents Bob Marley in the raw, in the round, in close-up and in perspective. CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY recalls their weed-scented encounter in ...

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see also Judy Mowatt

see also Peter Tosh

see also Bunny Wailer

see also Wailers, The

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