Monday, February 22, 2010


Ejay's Miles poster prompts me to go to my BMW file, I've been collecting Bob memorabilia since the 70's, these are just a few of them. I've photographed Bob images on walls in JA, US, UK and in Africa plus I'm always on the lookout for books and DVD's. Some of these I know the origins of, others were collected along the way, the first one I don't recall where I got it from but #2&3 were posters done by friends, I've had them both framed and on the wall, the two color images, the first is an oil painting and the second a print and the unframed canvas oil painting is about 4ft square and is over my bed, it was painted by a friend and he designed the next one also, it's a poster for one of my photo exhibitions, the panel down the center is the same as the message on the oil painting, the statement by Sellassie which Bob used for 'War'. The next is an official proclamation honoring Bob for his music by the city of LA and the stamps were a set issued in Jamaica whilst I was there in '81, I mailed several sets to myself and also bought a sheet of each value.
The last one is from another collection but I like it well enough to include it here, it's from a collection of African political posters and was issued whilst we were in Zambia to honor the ANC.
The images are large enough that if you click on them they should expand enough to read the text.
I've got many more images of reggae related posters and so perhaps I'll post them to my Picasa site, there's lots of friends in LA who would enjoy seeing them since many relate to events there.

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ShariVari said...

Excellent stuff. There seemed to be a phase a few years ago when appreciation of Marley's music (in the UK and US) left the listener open to all sorts of absurd class-based accusations about faux-bohemian cultural tourism. He was singled out as being for students who didn't have any proper understanding of "real" reggae. Hopefully, that has passed. He has never been anything less than an icon in the West Indies and his enduring cultural legacy internationally (and especially in Africa) seems unquestionable to me.

My uncle actually goes by the name Bob as a tribute and has a huge Marley tattoo on his back. Alas, no pictures though.

Japanther said...

indeed excellent stuff! The GF collection never fails to amaze me and I think we only get to see the tip of the iceberg.....

Shoegazer said...

Great collection Mr. GF & suspect this is just the tip of the iceburg.

goneforeign said...

Thanks guys, indeed Bob's image is indeed an icon world wide, I suspect he's the most known musician in most 3rd world countries, I've seen him on walls, T shirts, posters etc frequently on 3 continents. There's even an Indian tribe, the Havasupi, that live in the bottom of the Grand Canyon who revere him.
What I like about these posters is that they're personal statements by artists who were obviously touched by his music enough to create these pieces and I can't think of any other artist who's had a SET of stamps dedicated to his music!