This is a place for those making LOVE their dominant emotion. We seek not to condemn or judge anything, focusing on praising all that is right with the world and energizing a vision of positive transformation.
An Invocation for the Gaian We
THE KEY POINTS OF INTEREST HERE AT THE CLUB ARE:
(some excerpts from JB’s Journals)
I had made a lot of twists and turns on his road and wasn’t at all sure of where I was going but I had a lot of questions seeking answers. Jah only knew why I thought I might find some answers way off the mainstream at Rasjohnmon’s Club Tropical. Any of my friends would have felt it was pretty farfetched and that I was just going to chill out and party in the tropics. Well, if that was all it turned out to be, that would be fine too. It would just be one more little side trip. I could hear lightly crashing waves in the distance and the rustle of the breeze through the dense tropical foliage. It was soothing after the harrowing drive from the hotel.
The car door creaked as I opened it sending some unseen birds and other creatures scattering in alarm. In the distance, I heard the opening bars of a song called Celebrate Life. It was a favorite of mine for the music and the message. I had most fortunately seen the song’s creator, Lucky Dube, live several times. His performances were always a joy to behold. His message, like Bob Marley’s, was one of hope and the determination to rise above despair and the hardships of life.
As I walked toward the entrance to Rasjohnmon’s tropical retreat listening to Lucky’s “Celebrate Life”, I thought once again about how good my life was. This was one of Lucky’s last songs and spoke about how we lived in a world of crazy people who often did terrible things but that we must not let that overwhelm us, we had to rise above it and celebrate Life. His message of celebrating life had always come through loud and clear. I thought it would be nice if a lot of people who had far less trauma in their lives would get that message and help spread it.
A stone walkway lit by flaming torches on tall poles lead from the edge of the dirt clearing where I had parked to the open entrance to the club. Lucky’s voice singing “Celebrate Life” rose above the sounds of talking, laughter and clanking of glasses and dishes. I looked around and figured this was a pretty good place to celebrate life for a few hours at least. I saw an empty table by a window looking out toward the beach and took a seat. There were a couple of dozen other people there, spread out between the bar that extended out to an open air deck and the other tables. An unoccupied stage was at the other end of the room where I was sitting. The walls were covered with all kinds of musical mementos from framed LP’s to photos, posters and ticket stubs. The floors were smooth and shiny, I imagined from plenty of dancing feet. Big bamboo fans turned lazily from the ceiling.
As I sat there enjoying the wonderful tropical night I had no idea that my life was about to change in very dynamic ways.
I noticed a sign on the wall with a Rasjohnmon guote,
“The perfect response to life is to just say THANKS”.
There is a beautiful garden high on a cliff overlooking the ocean with a promontory of land in the distance. I don’t have a path to the beach but there is a convenient elevator that opens at beach level of The Club Tropical. This is a beautiful and peaceful hotel/club/restaurant/beach bar that has been expanding for years. Through my visits there it has grown considerably from what had been mostly a table set for breakfast on the top of the cliff outside an area with guest rooms.
Night on the Club Tropical Beach
We invite you to come visit Rasjohnmon’s Club Tropical. Rasjohnmon and JB have been close friends for many years and began building The Club Tropical many years ago. The Club is filled with many adventures in sights and sounds for you to enjoy. It is hoped that in your visits you can drift away to the beautiful lush location to soak up some PositiVibes and take some love and joy with you when you leave. Live Up and make Love your dominant emotion. Seek not to condemn or judge anything, focus only on praising all that is right with your world and it will overcome all obstacles.
A note from John Brodie:
My first taste of Reggae Music came during a JA visit in the early 1970’s. I actually picked up my first Reggae LP (which you can listen to on the Record Player Page) after listening to Leslie Butler play piano by the pool at what was then the Playboy Club in Ocho Rios. A few years later I was introduced to the magical music of Bob Marley at a penthouse party of top Urban marketing executives in NYC. Bob Marley was playing on a record player and that was how it all began.
At the time I was VP of Business Development and Director of Music Marketing for The Westwood One Radio Networks. At Westwood One I had the opportunity to become friends with Roger Steffens – the world’s top authority on Bob Marley, and Timothy White who hosted one of the WW1 radio programs. Timothy wrote one of the best books about Bob Marley entitled, Catch A Fire. Timothy is best known for his work with Rolling Stone Magazine where he became editor-in-chief of Billboard until 2002. Timothy wrote many articles that enthusiastically promoted Marley and Reggae Music. During this time, while it had little to do with Reggae Music, I was responsible for launching a live concert program from the Apollo Theater in NYC. There I met a wonderful guy by the name of Clarence Jones and had the spectacular adventure of working with him on a satellite broadcast of Carnival from Trinidad. With hotels all full, I got to live in the home of a local family for a couple of weeks. Their company and hospitality – along with all the amazing music – made this one of the best adventures I had ever had. A couple of years later it was actually topped when in 1984 I became marketing director for Reggae SumFest in Jamaica. At that time I launched REGGAE.com and did daily updates on the festival from JA. (you can visit my SumFest Reports through this link).
REGGAE.com went on to be an IRIE success with millions of cyber visitors weekly. After moving to South Florida I worked with local media and started my own marketing company called PreviewNet. Among the things we worked on at Reggae.com was the promotion of several music events produced by Luther Mack Productions. Luther is another great friend and I am so appreciative of the work I got to do with him and all the artists I got to be acquainted with.
REGGAE.com has now become RASJOHNMON.com and the PositiVibes can also be found at RadioReggae.com. We are very pleased to bring you the best in vital streaming Reggae Music coming to you from Rasjohnmon’s Club Tropical.
“Unity is the world’s key, and racial harmony.
Until the white man stops calling himself white
and the black man stops calling himself black,
we will not see it.
All the people on earth are just one family.
Life…it’s life we deal with. No death.
He that sees the light and knows the light shall live.
When the time comes, people will seek the truth in all things.
They get it when they are ready to hear it.
Man can’t do without God.
Just like you thirsty, you have to drink water.
You just can’t do without God.
I pledged to work for righteousness.
God’s given me inspiration.
So me personally as a man is nothin’
without the inspiration of Jah.”
From ‘In His Own Words’ compiled by Ian McCann (Omnibus Press 47052)
The two pictures above were taken by Rasjohnmon from the audience section and below is from the Kaya Tour Program including Rasjohnmon’s John ticket stub from June 17, 1978 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
01. Soul Shakedown Party (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix) 4:04
02. Lively Up Yourself (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix) 4:07
03. Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Remix) 4:30
04. Sun Is Shining (Yes King Remix) 5:18
05. Soul Rebel (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix) 4:38
06. African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix) 4:05
07. Don’t Rock My Boat (STUHR Remix) 4:41
08. Small Axe (Paul & Price Remix) 4:52
09. Rainbow Country (DJ Spooky’s Subliminal Funk Remix) 4:21
10. Trenchtown Rock (Trio ElÃ©trico Remix) 4:53
11. 400 Years (Jimpster Remix) 6:20
12. Sun Is Shining (DJ Dolores Remix) 3:42
CLICK HERE to Listen to this story… by Alex Chadwick
Bob Marley performs in San Diego, 1978.
Bruce W. Talamon
Day to Day, February 4, 2005 Â· Between 1978 and 1980, photographer Bruce Talamon toured with reggae singer Bob Marley and shot some of the most popular images of the musician. He talks about his experiences touring with Marley — who would have turned 60 on Februrary 6 — with NPR’s Alex Chadwick.
Many of the photos were published in Talamon’s book, Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer. The images remain an indelible portrait of an artist at the height of his creative power.
On these pages you will find Bob Marley lyrics and quotes, some great Bob Marley pictures including Ras John’s Bob Marley pictures from Madison Square Garden.
The Robert Marley (Bob Marley) Tribute at Ras John’s reggae.previewnet.com – Biography – Bob Marley Lyrics – Pictures – Bob Marley Story, Marley Foundation and Festivals and Restaurants and Wailers Tour Dates plus Bob Marley Interviews and quotes.
Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong
By the ‘and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Won’t you help to sing
This songs of freedom
‘Cause all I ever have:
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fullfil the book.
This songs of freedom-
‘Cause all I ever have:
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fullfil the book.
Won’t you have to sing
This songs of freedom? –
‘Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs –
All I ever had:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.
Gabon, Africa 1978
Highlights of Apollo Shows
LIVE with Bob Marley
My first experience of Bob Marley and The Wailers was in 1973. I was in an apartment in New York City and I remember I was I was at a party for ad executives, friends and clients of Mingo Jones Advertising who handled most of the Urban advertising for companies like AT&T, Miller Beer and the U.S. Army. From another room the music that was playing attracted my attention. As I headed in that direction, the party disappeared into the background and I had to know more about this music. The spinning label said “Catch A Fire” and the band was Bob Marley and The Wailers.
The next day, I headed to Tower Records and bought “Catch A Fire” and “Burnin'” and listened to nothing else for several days. 60’s and 70’s rock had owned my turntable before – much of it was music with a message. Marley took this to a new level of passion with a riddum that could not be resisted. The songs presented stories of persecution but always filled with hope. Many of the songs were filled with a Spiritual energy that made them feel like hymns from the inner city. They were songs from who had been born in the lush countryside and raised by an Obeah man Grandfather before moving to the Concrete Jungle in Kingston with his Mother. The young Marley told a story that would inspire not only Bob’s friends and neighbors in Kingston, Jamaica but people of all walks of life, races, nationalities and levels on the economic ladder. Bob Marley’s lyrics are enlivened by compassion and a determination to refuse to settle for a less than satisfactory status quo. “Get up stand up, stand up for your rights! Who the cap fits, let them wear it. Jammin’ and easy skanking, every ting gonna be all right”.
If you got to see Bob live, you know. I have been lucky enough to see most of the top acts of the 60’s and 70’s live but the Marley shows were special… they were on a different plane. The first show I saw was the RastaMan Vibration Tour in late April 1976 at the Beacon Theater on Broadway in NYC. The Beacon was a top Rock concert Hall and drew fans from New York University, Columbia University the boroughs and Jersey. All the shows were sold out with fans of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Doors, Jefferson Airplane and the like who had all been captured by Marley’s Reggae Vibe. Lot’s of trips to Jamaica were planned those nights.
All this time, I was buying up Reggae records from other artists – I figured if Bob’s stuff was this good, there had to be other great stuff out there too. Culture, Joe Higgs, Burning Spear, Third World, Ras Michael, Lee Perry, Big Youth, U-Roy, The Heptones, Jimmy cliff… the list and my music collection grew and grew. I knew BIG TINGS A GWON.
When I heard Bob Marley and The Wailers were going to be at Madison Square Garden, I waited on line over night to get tickets. That night, as we walked in the Garden it was transformed into a magical place. It was a little like the energy being there for a Grateful Dead show but much deeper and more mystical – there was a natural mystic blowing through the air, can’t keep them down – if you listen carefully now you will hear. It was a totally mixes audience from Rastas in Regal Garb to yuppies in jeans and t-shirts to N.Y’s hip and connected “cool” crowd – it was the hot ticket in town that June 17 night in 1978. On another page you can see the ticket stub and program cover. I shot some great Bob Marley pictures at the Garden – the Ras John Reggae logo is from one of the shots I go that night as are the two stage shots you’ll find. The memory lives on.
I was working at NBC and later Westwood One where I got to know Timothy White and Roger Steffens who worked with me at The Source (NBC Rock Radio Network) and then when Timothy was doing Rock Stars for Westwood One. Timothy wrote one of the best books on Marley, “Catch A Fire” and Roger “Rojah” Steffens is probably Bob’s biggest fan along with being a serious historian of Reggae Music with Marley front and center of course. There’s so much thing to say… it is quite an amazement and joyous wonder how this reluctant Messiah from the hills of JA went on to have such a monumental impact on so many peoples lives. He spawned a whole culture. Robert Nesta Marley brought the world together with Music and delivered powerful messages – Robert Marley’s lyrics and riddums – when it hit you feel no pain. I got to see Peter Tosh a couple of times, with one of those times a very special night sitting right by the stage with only a couple of hundred other people at NYC’s Bottom Line. It was a great show with the Tamlins providing harmony but no match for the mystical power of Bob.
I got to see The Wailers next in October of 1979 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Walking along the street one day in the City, I saw a poster – you can see it on another page here – Betty Wight (a soul/gospel singer) and Bob Marley and The Wailers at The Apollo. I was not going to miss it – it was one of the few times Bob got to play to a predominantly Black audience in the States – Bob played every show like he had something to prove and won the heart and soul of the crowd each night. The Legend LIVE show that is on DVD from Santa Barbara, CA takes place about a month later and demonstrates the power of the band as well as anything I’ve seen on recordings except maybe the Roxy Show CD. You can get more info on other pages here. I headed home after the show by myself, thanking Jah for the privilege of being there and wondering yet again of the magic and wonder of the world we live in.
On September 23, 1980, Bob Marley was to play his final concert ever at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. A pretty good recording of this show exists and it is testament to his power as an artist – although he was already very sick, the sold out crowd in Pittsburg still got to see one last, stunning show. That last night, Bob ended the show with an acoustic version of Redemption Song (the recording of the song from that night is the final track on Marley Songs of Freedom 4-cd box set). There would be a three song encore but Redemption Song was poetically perfect as a closing note. “There was a feeling of a whole era coming to a climax. Everyone felt he knew something was going to happen,” said Rita Marley. “Redemption Song is like a final statement in a career, a summation of all of the themes and thought that had created it” – to quote the liner notes for Songs of Freedom. “We’ve got to fulfil the book.”
– JB, webmaster Rasjohnmon.com & RadioReggae.com