Steffens, Family Acid gathering steam!

Check the video at BBCNews Trending…

Photographer Roger Steffens has taken iconic shots of rock and roll legends. But it’s his collection of personal snapshots of life in the 1970s – including some psychedelic double exposures – that is now attracting attention.

The work was mostly forgotten until his children digitised the slides and started posting them on Instagram. Now the @thefamilyacid feed has over 15,000 followers and the Steffens family has a new book, The Family Acid.

Roger and his children spoke to the BBC from Roger’s home in Los Angeles.

Filmed by Tim Myers. Produced by Bill McKenna and Regan Morris



Livicated: One Man’s Quest to Preserve Reggae History

Reggae music maintains that music is a weapon to be used for social change and revolution. Roger Steffens spent the past thirty years preserving a voice that calls out for equality and human rights—a voice that governments and authorities have tried to silence for years. The film LIVICATED is on a mission to bring the story of Roger’s archives and reggae’s battle to the public’s attention and help save the history of an entire culture.

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Featuring Interviews with: Carlos Santana, Ben Harper, Neville Garrick (Bob’s Art Director) and Roger Steffens. With Rare and Unreleased footage of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Fela Kuti and Miriam Makeba.

This music was the voice of the revolution, and its uncompromising demand for civil rights quickly spread around the world, while being ignored at home. Jamaica has not kept this history alive—Roger has.

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The Steffens Family Acid

Our great friend and supporter Roger Steffens has a hit on his hands with The Family Acid.

Check THIS FEATURE ARTICLE from The Guardian and THIS ARTICLE from the New York Times!

The Family Acid book debuted this weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s art book fair in L.A. and it’s almost sold out!

Also, stay tuned for his forthcoming book – an oral history on the life and career of Bob Marley told by those who knew him best.

From 'The Family Acid'

From ‘The Family Acid’


Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story

Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 FM November 23, 2010.

Peter Tosh found international fame alongside Bob Marley as a member of The Wailers.  As a solo artist he released several landmark reggae albums and even recorded with the Rolling Stones. But he was more than just a successful pop star: he was a revolutionary and a hero to many of Jamaica’s poor. He spent his life as a strident campaigner for civil rights and for the legalisation of marijuana. He was more militant and political than his former band mate and his uncompromising arrogance often landed him in serious trouble. For that reason, as this documentary reveals, his life could be as brutal as the way it ended. Grammy award winning film-maker Don Letts explores his career.


Big up to Rudie for seeding at Reggae Traders!

Convocation Hall, Toronto, 1979

ROGER STEFFENS live and direct from Reggae On The River 2014!

Roger, just back from Reggae On The River 2014, sent me this message about his time at the festival and I thought people might find it interesting.

“Mutabaruka and I go back 33 years, to his first U.S. tour following a spectacular debut at the Sunsplash 81, the Tribute to Bob Marley one. He was an early guest on the Reggae Beat and we’ve had nice heretical camaraderie there and on his own show on Irie-FM in Jamaica. At Reggae on the River this past weekend I was asked to emcee for Sly & Robbie, Jimmy Cliff and Muta. During my mid-afternoon welcoming rap I talked about how the fierceness of Muta’s sepulchrally deep voice is belied by his equally strong sense of humor. For example, I said, back on Easter Sunday 1983, Muta walked, completely unexpected, into our KCRW studios while Hank Holmes and I were on the air, sat down at the mic and announced, ‘There is a saying in Jamaica: Whenever Bob Marley go to the toilet, Roger Steffens have the flush.’ Backstage, Muta laughed heartily according to witnesses. At the end of his set I brought him back on for an encore in which he decided spontaneously to read a poem he had written about Lucky Dube.

I had also been brought to this year’s festival to do interviews, 42 so far, for a film about Reggae on the River’s 30th anniversary. The artist over the past three decades most often mentioned as having given the fest’s greatest performance over all those years was unquestionably Lucky Dube.

So as Muta is about to end his tribute poem, an organizer of the festival comes running over to tell me that Lucky Dube’s nephew is backstage and he says that ‘today is Lucky Dube’s birthday.’  When Muta concludes I walk quickly over to him and whisper in his ear, ‘Today is Lucky’s birthday.’  A stunned look passes across his features and tears begin to cloud his eyes. I walk off stage quickly, only to turn back to see Muta pointing at me and growling, ‘That man just told me to get off the stage!’  I waved my arms frantically in denial, and Muta broke out laughing. He told the audience about the confluence of dates and they broke into a loud and sustained cheer. Afterwards he told me it was one of the most emotional experiences of his life. By the way, he’s got a new, second show on the radio in Jamaica, called Stepping Razor: The Art of War, adding even more controversy to his repertoire.”




My tattered copy of "Mutabaruka:  The First Poems" given to me by Doctor Dread

My tattered copy of “Mutabaruka: The First Poems” given to me by Doctor Dread