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Something Sensational To Read On The Train

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It is to my regret that I never saw Bob Marley live in concert.  I was familiar with Bob Marley & The Wailers in my time at Liverpool University in the early 1970s.  I remember seeing posters around the city advertising their upcoming concert during that first big tour.  I did think about going, but went to another concert instead.  Then I saw this on BBC2.



What a tragedy it was that this genius, and someone that was truly inspirational, died when he was at the peak of his powers.  Nevertheless his music lives on, and I am sure it always will.  He will always be on my playlist.

It is difficult to choose, but this is my favourite Bob Marley song.  I love this acoustic version.  I first saw this footage in the mid 1980s  at the end of a documentary about him.


This goes out to those in Bahrain that are fighting for democracy.  I hope you get your chace to sing a song of freedom.  As the man says ‘Don’t give up the fight’.  I will never give up my fight.


There have been many cover versions of Bob Marley’s songs.  Amongst others a pitiful attempt by Annie Lennox that is best placed in the Recycle Bin, an excellent version of Redemption song by Joe Strummer, but most famously Stevie Wonder’s reworking of Jamming.  For me, Black Uhuru’’s version of Natural Mystic is the most fitting homage to the maestro.