Jul 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Mick Jagger

Visual Culture: Peter Simon’s “Reggae Bloodlines” Show

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Extra Classic Gregory isaacs

Peter Simon is one of few photographers who have documented reggae from its early days all the way through the present. His photos of people like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots and Sly and Robbie are some of reggae’s most iconic images, and his work illustrated one of the earliest and best known books on reggae, 1977′s Reggae Bloodlines: In Search of the Music and Culture of Jamaica.

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Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh, “Johnny B. Goode”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Peter Tosh's "Johnny B. Goode" cover

Tomorrow would be the 68th birthday of the late Peter Tosh, capping quite a big week for a figure who’s no longer with us. On Monday, National Heroes Day in Jamaica, the Stepping Razor was awarded a posthumous Order of Merit, a significant development for an artist whose relationship with the state during his lifetime was tenuous at best.

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Video: SuperHeavy, “Miracle Worker”

Words by Jesse Serwer

We’ve been telling you for a minute about SuperHeavy, the reggae-playing, wearing-it-on-their-sleeves supergroup consisting of Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, A.R. Rahman and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. This past weekend, the fivesome released their first video, for “Miracle Worker,” the lead single from their self-titled album due Sept. 20 on A&M Records. Each member is in character, in some sort of retail capacity, in a gritty urban utopia that vaguely recalls Sesame Street: Jagger is a pink suit-wearing botánica operator, Stone is working at some sort of coffee-and-plants retailer, Marley’s got a record store, Stewart is in a tattoo shop and Rahman, well, he’s just riding around in the backseat of a car taking it all in. Watch below, and check the album’s track listing at Consequence of Sound.

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Double Selection: SuperHeavy “Miracle” & Miguel “Quickie”

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

It’s a double selection! And luckily we have two major examples of super-heavy mainstream pop-reggae that need to be addressed. In chronological order: SuperHeavy–the ol’ slumdog super-group we told you about comprising Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, AR Rahman, Joss Stone and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics–quietly leaked their first track “Miracle Worker.” And in spite of the dude from Esquire dismissing it as “tiki-bar bullshit,” it is actually pretty tough.

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Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger, “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back”

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford


By now you may have heard that Mick Jagger and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley are getting ready to collaborate on a musical project called Super Heavy. While we have little idea what the project will sound like, we know that Jagger and the Stones are veteran reggae-philes. So it was a pleasure digging up this video for the sake of entertaining your imagination. Today’s backwards expedition through the sands of time reveals “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back,” a cover of one of the original “get that dirt off your shoulder” chunes (by the Temptations), from a mellowed yet ever-mighty Peter Tosh and a characteristically pepped-up Mick Jagger. And yeah, that’s a young Sly and Robbie you spotted rocking and rolling pon the drum and bass. The simplicity and rawness of the video, including the hand-painted posters hanging tight in the backdrop of what seems to be a “we’re jamming” type session, complements the sincerity of this rare performance. So, yeah, when the haters dem try to hold you down, it’s betta you just keep it moving–one foot forward. Enjoy your trip!

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Old Dog Like We: Mick Jagger and Damian Marley’s Jamaica-inspired Supergroup

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Rolling Stone


We woke up this morning–or went to bed last night, can’t remember which–to news that made us reconsider if we were actually awake: Mick Jagger and Damian Marley have apparently joined forces in a group called Super Heavy that also includes celebrated Indian composer A.R. Rahman (of Slumdog Millionaire fame, if you’re American), and Joss Stone (who, you will recall, worked with Jr. Gong on the Distant Relatives project with Nas). The group was conceived by Dave Stewart, who those of us who remember the ’80s will recognize as the dude in the Eurythmics with Annie Lennox. According to Rolling Stone, the band has apparently been quietly recording for 18 months in a Los Angeles studio.

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