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Happy 67th Birthday Bob Marley! We Miss You.

Today, on what would have been his 67th birthday, we pay tribute to the great Bob Marley. Marley, sadly passed away in 1981 at the much-too-young age of thirty-six, but he still manages to have an impact and cultural presence today, thirty-one years after his death.

Marley’s ever-present message of unity and perseverance in the face of oppression has inspired indigenous communities worldwide. The Australian Aboriginals burn a flame in his honor in Sydney’s Victoria Park, Native American tribes revere his work and tributes to Marley take place all over the world from South America to India. There’s even a statue of Marley in Banatski Sokolac, Serbia! The United Nations recognized Marley’s inspirational message for the downtrodden and awarded him the Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978. For a musician to receive this honor demonstrates that there was more to Marley than a great voice and a captivating stage presence.

“Marley wasn’t singing about how peace could come easily to the World but rather how hell on Earth comes too easily to too many. His songs were his memories; he had lived with the wretched, he had seen the downpressers and those whom they pressed down.” – Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Music, Seasonal

 

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Hot Tickets: Seattle

Every Thursday at noon Brown Paper Tickets will post upcoming events happening in Seattle. Here are hot tickets coming up next week. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Friday, May 27 Betsy Olsen, Tony Kevin Jr. and Pipsisewah Betsy Olson is a Montana-bred, Seattle-based artist who released her first full-length album entitled “Lonely Woman Blues” in October of 2009. Olson pulls from a wide range of influences, ranging from the classic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to the more modern gritty and soulful sounds of The Black Keys and The Gossip. Her live performance is a two-piece (guitar, vocals, drums). With this spare instrumentation she is able to create an energy and electricity that a full band might produce.

Saturday, May 28 Jen Kirkman Official CD Release at Re-Bar Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian, television writer and actress. Most recently Jen was a staff writer for “Perfect Couples” on NBC. Before that she was a writer/actor on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.” She currently appears now as a round-table regular on “Chelsea Lately.” Jen also was the narrator of HBO’s “Drunk History” which received the Jury Prize for “Best Short Film” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Jen has performed comedy all over the world and some of her television appearances include spots on: “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”, “Late Friday” on NBC, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, The BBC UK’s “The World Stands Up.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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The Upsetter Hits the Big Screen!

What do The Clash, Paul McCartney, Andrew W.K., Beastie Boys and Bob Marley have in common? They have all worked with legendary Jamaican producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, whose influence on music and audio engineering can not be over-stated. An infamous eccentric behind the mixing board, “The Upsetter” not only revolutionized reggae music in his native Jamaica; his influence can be heard in everything from electronica to indie rock to hip-hop.

Perry began his career in music in the late 50’s as a record seller for Clement “Coxone” Dodd’s Kingston sound system and quickly began recording tracks for Dodd’s Studio One record label, eventually recording nearly thirty ska and rocksteady tunes. Eventually he and Dodd had a falling out and he began working with Joe Gibbs. He shortly fell out with Gibbs as well and founded his own Upsetter record label in 1968. His first single “People Funny Boy” was one of the first records to contain a “sample” (of a baby crying) and it also featured the chugging, syncopated beat that would eventually become known as the “reggae” rhythm. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Film, Music

 

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