It is 30 long years since Nesta Robert Marley - the Trench Town troubadour responsible for reggae's global crossover--departed the world. In this vivid Melody Maker piece from the summer of '73, Richard Williams catches Bob and the Wailers on the cusp of their commercial breakthrough--Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
The Rolling Stones are upstairs in Studio 1, where they've been for the past five weeks. Jagger strolls around the foyer, looking for something to do, all neat in white blouson jacket and fawn velvet jeans. But that, you may be surprised to hear, is not where the real action is at this night in Island Studios, Notting Hill.
Not, at any rate, if you're a Wailers fan. On this occasion, even the Stones' long-delayed newie comes second to Bob Marley and his brothers from the shantytowns of Kingston, Jamaica.
The Wailers have been in Britain for some weeks now, playing various kinds of gigs, and generally doing very well. There have been problems: BunnyRead More »from The Rock’s Backpages Flashback: In The Studio With Bob Marley and the Wailers