In the daily music blog grind, it’s almost impossible not to get caught up the constant barrage of new music. It’s like watching a toilet bowl full of shit spiral into oblivion, desperately trying to pick out the good shit before it’s lost forever in the flush. Um, maybe it’s not really like that. But amongst all the madness, it’s important to remember the legends.

Today marks the 30 year anniversary of Bob Marley’s death. I’ve always felt weird about celebrating someone on the day that they died, but somewhere along the line, somebody decided that birthdays were insufficient and deathdays were the way to go. Whatever. This isn’t about that. I just wanted to take a minute to remember Bob Marley. If you think about it, there is truly nobody who has done as much for a single genre.

Bob stayed true to his roots while making his form of music internationally known and cherished. He spread messages of hope, love, unity and awareness. He is a legend and an icon. I wasn’t lucky enough to have been alive at the same time as Bob, but he’s somebody that I’ve always wished we still had in the world. Whenever I get that “If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?” question, Bob is one of the first people that comes to mind.

Here, watch some videos…

Last night Chris Cornell performed “Redemption Song” on Jimmy Fallon’s show…

Here’s Bob playing it…

“No Woman No Cry” live…

“Rastaman Chant” live…

One of my favorite Bob songs, “Small Axe”

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