Talking Blues – Sale of Marley’s memorabilia hits snag

published: Wednesday | October 1, 2008
Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer

The world-famous archives of reggae historian Roger Steffens is once again up for sale, after negotiations between him and Jamaican interests fell through.

Steffens told The Gleaner on Monday that there is ‘major interest’ in the archives which occupies six rooms of his Los Angeles, California house. He said the prospective Jamaican buyer did not meet certain requirements.

“My bottom lines remain the same as always which proved to be a sticking point in the failed arrangement with Jamaica,” he said. “The collection should remain intact and should be shared as much as legally possible with the public, while respecting the rights of the artistes involved.”

Three years ago, The Gleaner published a story that said Jamaican banker Michael Lee Chin had purchased the Steffens archives. Steffens did not identify the Jamaican party with whom he had held talks, but said they failed to reach an agreement.

Heart breaker

“It breaks my heart that the collection is not going to Jamaica, after seven years of unsuccessful efforts to come to a satisfactory agreement,” he said.

Efforts by The Gleaner to contact Lee Chin yesterday were unsuccessful.

The Jamaican Gleaner complete article is here.

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