To all of those who have emailed me about the Burning Spear stuff that was removed from the blog, I was asked by Spear to remove any reference to him on this blog. For those who do not know, Spear has been in the fight of his life over alleged bootlegging of his officially released material, none of which I shared on this blog.
He asked and I complied. No questions asked. I am a lifelong fan of the artist, his music, and his message. It was Spear’s music that introduced me to reggae. While I was only trying to promote his music to new listeners, it’s rightfully his work and if he doesn’t want it shared here then I will comply with that request immediately.
I would like to make something really clear.
I DO NOT MAKE ANY PROFIT FROM THIS BLOG. EVER. NOT A PENNY.
This is a fan-site where I promote artists that I like. Most of the artists promoted here have given me permission to post their works. In fact, they send me stuff to post and give me a heads up when they need to promote something. I have even interviewed several of them.
Spear never gave such permission, which is why I have removed any post which references him or his music.
He was very respectful considering what he has been through and I never wanted to disrespect him in any way. I apologized and he was cool about it, which is most important to me as one of the hardest Spear fans in the world.
Included here is an article published in the Daily Mirror on Monday June 26, 1978 regarding the fact that Bob Marley and the Wailers were actually banned from performing in London because of violence, muggings, and robberies that occurred around the Rainbow Theatre shows during July 1977. The interview took place during rehearsals for Marley’s appearance on Top Of The Pops to perform “Satisfy My Soul.” During the interview he discusses leaving music to become a farmer.
In the interview, Marley refers to England as “prejudiced and old-fashioned.” He is thoroughly unimpressed with the fact that they are relegated to performing at the New Bingley Hall in Staffordshire, a venue which holds only 8,000 guests.
For more on this show, including audio and a concert review, CLICK HERE.