Jamaica has no early tapes of Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Jamaica has no concert recordings of Bob Marley and The Wailers during the 1960s.

This has been revealed by Dr. Matthew Smith, Senior 

Lecturer in the Department of History and Archeology at the University of the West Indies, who delivered the recent annual Bob Marley lecture series at the university.

"From 1963 to 1973, in that ten-year span of Bob Marley and the Wailers' performance history there is no video recording or audio recording of the Wailers. And it's not until they go international that they are recorded. This is not just The Wailers alone, there were many other performers in that period. We were not recording and recognising their contribution," Dr. Smith said.

He added that live recordings of Bob Marley's local concerts occurred following the mid 1970s however, there is no documentation of his rise to stardom.

According to Dr. Smith, this is because the tapes were left in the United Kingdom for processing, erasing, theft and decay.

 

 

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