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Album: Bob Marley &the Wailers, Live Forever (Island)

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Bob Marley 'blacked up' to blend in

Bob Marley preached inner peace and serenity to the masses, but was so racked by angst over his race that he used shoe polish to blacken his hair, according to a new book.

Judge condemns rehab clinic used by the stars

A private rehabilitation clinic used by celebrities including the singer Amy Winehouse and the actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was condemned by a judge yesterday for standards that would "shame a Third World country".

Album: James Blunt, Some Kind of Trouble (Rocket)

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Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae

Rare and largely previously unseen photographs of Bob Marley at the height of his career have been published in a new book which hits shops next week.

Album: Burning Spear, Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost (Island)

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Macy Gray, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Given she released her fifth album last month, it seems unfair to call Macy Gray a one-hit-wonder. Still, nothing she has produced has come close to breaking into the public consciousness the way "I Try" did when it was released back in 1999, and although she has kept on making music, it is not too much of a surprise that tonight this intimate venue is not completely full.

Story of the Song: Bob Marley's Redemption Song

Despite never making the UK charts, "Redemption Song" remains one of Bob Marley's defining songs. The closing track on his final studio album, 1980's 'Uprising', it's the sound of the reggae star signing off with special poignancy. It was written and rehearsed by Marley and the Wailers in the closing months of 1979, during the band's live shows for the 'Survival' album, but kept in the can. When Marley presented Island Records' Chris Blackwell with the tapes for 'Uprising', the following year, Blackwell nodded with pursed lips. Good as it was, he thought it lacked something. Marley took his point and the following day he returned with the outstanding "Redemption Song" which duly completed the album's running order.

Matisyahu, Borderline, London

It is fair to say that Matisyahu is the world's premier Hasidic reggae artist. Admittedly, he doesn't have a lot of competition for that title, but the Brooklynite is no pretender.

Album: Harper Simon, Harper Simon (Pias)

He is Paul's son, and for about half the songs here there can be no mistaking the lineage.

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When you watch his performances you see he was a genuine star. He was socially aware and all legendary artists usually stand for something or break the mould in some way. He really raised Jamaica into the worldwide consciousness.

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