The video taped interview with Reggae musician, Bob Marley was recorded at a Wailers' concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota in1976 at Orchestra Hall. At the time of this interview, portable video cameras were almost exclusively used by broadcast television stations and were know as ENG or Electronic News Gathering cameras. They were huge and expensive.
The Bob Marley interview was taped using a black and white ½” tape format., a small, reel-to-reel recorder that was loaned by a community access organization called Film In The Cities. Without their commitment to community service and free media access, this rare interview with Reggae pioneer, Bob Marley, would never have happened.
Hopefully the glimpse into the thoughts of this dynamic musician will compensate for the poor quality of technology that brings him to us today.
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Jerry Douglas and myself, TJ Western, were relentless in our pursuit of this interview. Bob Marley rarely granted interviews--he mis-trusted the media. In fact, he comments in this interview why he was cautious about talking on camera. But in the end he decided to grant us the interview.
The only time before now that this interview has aired was in the television show Reggae Music produced by TJ Western and aired in 1976 on KTCA Television, St. Paul, Minnesota.