Thirty years after his death, Bob Marley's legend lives on. But no other artist has matched his enduring influence on music and culture. Why? By Ian Burrell
There's always been a natural synergy between hip-hop and reggae: the rebellious sentiment, the headstrong figureheads, all respectively communicating a struggle that seems to transcend their own tribes of followers and find its place on a bigger stage. So it wasn't a complete shock that when Nas and Damian Marley released their collaborative album, Distant Relatives, last year, it resonated with music lovers and critics alike – even though it unashamedly preached about social injustice, poverty and Africa. On stage, it's explosive.
"Women of the world, take over," the whimsical Scots bard Ivor Cutler once urged, his advice taken last Friday at a concert featuring women performers from different strata of the musical spectrum.
The aristocracy is out and proud, basking in fawning popularity, and Rastafarianism is back, in the form of a TV mouse puppet
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".
How to put this, well, Bluntly?
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.
Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey was one of the founding texts of 1970s roots reggae, an album which confirmed to the growing crossover British market that Bob Marley may just be the tip of a huge wave of talent about to break out of Jamaica.
He is Paul's son, and for about half the songs here there can be no mistaking the lineage.
Glastonbury welcomes a truly worldwide musical movement tomorrow. Rob Sharp reports
In June, the company that gave us Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Pierre Perrone joins in the celebrations.
Bootleggers have made a fortune out of the reggae star's image since his death. Now his family are planning to cash in with their own merchandising deal. David Usborne reports