Fed up with being viewed as "the voice of a generation," Bob Dylan once derided "finger-pointing songs" -- and yet, sometimes, those protest songs result in the most enduring, life-changing art.
The legendary Jamaican reggae singer/musician Bob Marley deserves and—good news—has a truly great documentary detailing his rich, fascinating life. Kevin Macdonald gets the credit for shouldering a derailed project with permission for rights to the music running out. The two-and-a-half hour film speeds by with a wealth of candid interviews and archival footage.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.
Now and again in addition to co-hosting the reggae radio program Positive Vibrations on KDHX I do club spins. No chatter, just a lotta platter. Roots, dub, dancehall from '80s to present as long as the music's conscious, or at least thoughtfully sexy and wittily worded, with a couple of shakes of rock steady.