We are delighted to be able to announce that Classic Album Sundays Nashville will be launching at Jack White’s Third Man Records on Sunday April 15th with the newest member of the CAS family Seth Riddle. To say we are excited about this would be an understatement!!
We are also honoured to be joined by guest host Kwame Dawes who spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. After graduating with a BA from the University of the West Indies at Mona, he earned a PhD in English Literature at the University of New Brunswick in 1992. Dawes currently serves as the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dawes is the author of twenty-one books of poetry and numerous books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His most recent collection of poems is City of Bones: A Testament (2017). His other books include Speak from Here to There (2016), a collection of poems co-written with Australian poet John Kinsella, and Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius (2007), which remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Dawes is director of the African Poetry Book Fund and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival Dawes’s awards include an Emmy and Webby for LiveHopeLove, an interactive website based on his project HOPE: Living and Loving with AIDS in Jamaica. His other honors include the Forward Prize for Poetry for his first book, Progeny of Air (1994), several Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim fellowship. In 2004, he received the Musgrave Silver Medal for contribution to the arts in Jamaica. In 2017, Dawes was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.
The Wailers ‘Burnin’
Things moved fast in the music business of 1973. Less than six months after the Wailers released their first international album, Catch A Fire on 4 May, the conflagration continued with the release of Burnin’ on 19 October. Still billed only as the Wailers, and still led by the three-man vocal front line of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the band was now moving through the gears with an increasing sense of mission.
The album’s opening track ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ became an enduring anthem of people power, adopted by civil rights activists the world over. Marley and Tosh are said to have co-written the song while touring Haiti, where they encountered extremes of poverty that were the equal of anything in Jamaica. Interestingly, the lyric specifically criticised religious teachers for creating a smokescreen with promises of a paradise to come, thereby distracting people from claiming their rights as human beings here on this world. “Preacherman don’t tell me heaven is under earth,” Marley sang with evident disdain. The song would be re-recorded on subsequent solo albums by both Tosh and Wailer and would remain a key number in Marley’s repertoire to the end of his career; indeed it would be the last song he ever performed on stage (in Pittsburgh in September 1980).
An album full of revolutionary fire and fervour, it was also the last, heroic distillation of a line-up that had taken the teenaged Wailer, Tosh and Marley on a journey from the streets of Trenchtown to the brink of global stardom. Henceforth it would be Marley who was very much the man in charge.
Following a presentation by Kwame we will be listening to The Wailers ‘Burnin’ on Third Man Records in house sound system in full.
This is one not to be missed!
Date and Time: Sunday April 15th 2018 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Tickets: $10 in advance here
Read more about The Wailers Burnin’ here.
Listen to our The Wailers Burnin’ playlists here.