Peter Tosh Featured in NPR Piece

NPR posted a story on Saturday about Peter Tosh and his legacy before and after his time with The Wailers.

Tosh was of course a founding member of the original Wailers but had creative differences and felt too much focus was being put on Bob by Chris Blackwell which led him going his own way. The piece includes Roger Steffens discussing Peter’s legacy and how he has become a more revered figure than Bob in certain areas of the world:

“In places like Africa, Peter is an even more respected star than Bob because of his militancy. He was almost beaten to death on several occasions by Jamaican police because of his anti-establishment views. He didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk — and people respect that all over the word.”

Another part mentions Peter trying to secure funding to record his debut solo album: “He approached a pot dealer in Miami to invest in the album, and the dealer agreed,” says Steffens. “He said, ‘So what are you gonna call it?’ And Peter said, ‘I’m gonna call it Legalize It.’ And the dealer got really upset and said, ‘No, man, you’re gonna put me out of business!’ But eventually he changed his mind and gave Peter the money.”

Legalize It was banned on Jamaican radio, so Tosh printed the lyrics in an ad he took out in a Jamaican newspaper. A year later, Tosh released a second album, Equal Rights. Herbie Miller, Tosh’s former manager and the director of the Jamaica Music Museum, says Tosh was moved by political unrest in Jamaica and beyond.

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