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. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.
Four new discs show that reggae is bigger than just one mon.
Inside the twisted mind of dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
AT FIFTY, REGGAE'S BURNING SPEAR HASN'T COOLED OFF YET.