Nov 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Catch a Fire

Chris Blackwell: “There’s A Guy Called Chronixx Who I Think Is Really Great”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Chris Blackwell and Jimmy Buffett

It looks like it might be reggae week over at Rolling Stone. Besides for running some controversial comments from Snoop Lion about Bunny Wailer, the magazine’s website interviewed Island Records founder Chris Blackwell (that’s him above left, with Jimmy Buffett and friend at Blackwell Rum’s US launch party two years ago), who offered some interesting perspectives on Jamaican music, past and present. Besides for speaking on the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s Catch a Fire, Blackwell shouted out some of his favorite current Jamaican acts: Chronixx, No-Maddz, Raging Fyah and Shaggy.

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Fashion Fridays: Bob Marley Shop

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Marley merchandise is a big, hundred-millions-dollar-a-year business and, for years, the music legend’s family/estate was seeing very little of that, while bootlegging ran rampant. Recently, however, the family has begun taking this aspect of the late legend’s legacy back into their hands.

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Visual Culture: ‘Lost’ Footage from Bob Marley’s Early Career

Words by DJ Gravy and Jesse Serwer, via BBC World Service

A friend of LargeUp has been telling us about his old friend, Esther Anderson, the Jamaican beauty queen and actress who, in a short span of time in the early 70’s, worked with Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell and starred alongside Sidney Poitier in the movie, A Warm December. This past weekend in London, Anderson (who took the famous photo of Marley smoking a spliff that’s appeared on posters, T-shirts and versions of Catch A Fire) premiered scenes from Bob Marley – The Making of a Legend, a film, still-in-progress, she is making from lost footage shot of Bob Marley and the Wailers for Island Records in the early ’70s. Anderson, who became romantically involved with Marley at the time, recalls her first meeting with him in her interview with Ron Bhola of BBC World Service: “He didn’t smile but he was very handsome with strong features, he reminded me of Jimi Hendrix,” she remembers.

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Top Honors: Alan “Skilly” Cole

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


Former Jamaican footballer Alan Cole, better known as Skill or Skilly, was honored by the Jamaican Football Federation last week on the occasion of FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter’s visit to the island. Now a coach for West Kingston’s Seba United, Cole was the youngest player to ever represent Jamaica at the national level at the tender of age 16. He subsequently left the island, playing professionally for the top Brazilian club Nautico ca. 1972, but returned to lead the Jamaican Santos team in the mid-sevenites. Many football fans consider this period to be the best run of his career, peaking when he lead Santos to defeat Brazilian football hero Pele and the New York Cosmos at Jamaica’s National Stadium in 1975.

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