Celebrating The 70th Birthday Of Bob Marley

Bob Marley - 70th Birthday Celebration

With a legendary and ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to both his life and music, Bob Marley advocated for social change while simultaneously allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance.

Bob Marley would have turned 70 this month, so the reggae singer's family is marking the milestone with a year-long celebration of his music and legacy. 

For the first time, the Marleys are granting Universal Music Group access to its extensive and private vaults of previously unreleased music to make for stocked reissues, video releases and new live albums. 

Kicking off the celebration, Universal will be releasing Easy Skanking in Boston '78 on February 17. The classic unreleased live audio and video spectacle (available on CDCD w/Blu-ray & CD w/DVD) includes over an hour of music, featuring some of Bob Marley's biggest hits: "I Shot The Sheriff," "Jammin'" and "Get Up/StandUp." 

Since only one camera filmed the action (the cinematographer was forced to change rolls during the performance), the gaps on the visual side have been filled with new cutting-edge animation created and directed by S77 and Matt Reed, who have worked on music videos for artists like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cee Lo Green. 

Universal intends to announce more new Marley collections and deluxe editions of some of his most enduring LPs, featuring unreleased bonus material, throughout 2015 and you can check out some of the key moments from his amazing catalogue right here