Chris Blackwell at the New York Public Library

Thankfully, last night’s interview with Chris Blackwell at the main branch of the New York Public Library was not a maudlin tribute to Bob Marley but instead an overview of the great record man’s life in and out of the music business.

Rolling through album covers, song samples, videos and other photographic exhibits, Blackwell was […]

Remembering Bob Marley with Chris Blackwell

Bob Marley and others with Chris Blackwell in the late 70s.

Tonight at the New York Public Library‘s main branch, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell is scheduled to speak on the topic of Bob Marley to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of his passing. Blackwell is not a big public speaker, so it will […]

Bob Marley > Ronald Reagan

People will be celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday much longer than they will Ronald Reagan’s.

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RIP Gregory Isaacs, The Cool Ruler

Gregory Isaacs 1951-2010

One of the most difficult aspects of being a recording artist is that you must compete with all the music previously created – it’s all still here. How can you update an existing form? In some ways, it is harder to come second, and to try to improve or change things […]

Rihanna to Sing Bob Marley on Oprah

Rihanna's Oprah Single

Pop/R&B superstar Rihanna will appear on Oprah! today as part of a broadcast that will raise money for the organization Hope for Haiti.

Rihanna is one of my favorite debut artists of the past ten years, and this project reinforces her Caribbean heritage in a sweet way after a year of […]