Jamaican Music Is Missing

By THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: January 7, 2008

An extensive collection of vinyl records and discs of 1970s music, including original recordings by the reggae greats Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has vanished from the archive of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, The Associated Press reported. Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s information minister, said the possible theft of the music was a blow to the history of the island.

Pictured above Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh

NOTE: This post went missing the end of March. I was able to restore it when I found it in the Technorati Cache today (4/17/08). Unfortunately comments could not be located for restoration. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  1. What I cannot understand is this – If all these records and discs were so treasured and important, why were they left unguarded, they should have been in a vault. Someone saw the opportunity and just took them, maybe they can be traced. Try to find out who had access to the area that they were stored in. Someone must be held accountable. Who had the keys to the area, was the area open to any and everyone? Was there a break-in, forced entry or not? All these persons homes and business should be searched, find out if they have safety-deposit boxes in any banks and search them.

  2. Hi Mloy.

    I hear you loud and clear.

    Whether it was negligence and/or an “inside job”,
    it just stinks that this crime has not yet been solved and unfortunate that in this day and age such precious recordings had not been digitized and backed up on computers.

    In related news “Roger Steffans’Reggae Archives” have been up for sale. The most recent potential buyer (the sale fell through) wanted to used the collection in a proposed Jamaican museum. Check out the story here:

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20081007/ent/ent1.html

    I just hope somehow things get worked out so that Steffans’ archives are made available to all people to see along with the stolen archives (that are hopefully retrieved soon) so that the contributions of Jamaica to music of the world can be seen by one and all.

    Thanks for your visit. Hope to hear from you soon.


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