Rescued from VHS: Bob Marley would have been 69 years old today

Bob Marley was born on Feb. 6, 1945. To celebrate what would have been his 69th birthday, we’re showing you this video of one of his best-known songs.

Yes, it’s cliche to post a video of “No Woman No Cry,” but have you seen this version? It’s amazing! Taped at Harvard’s Amandla Festival of Unity in 1979, Bob Marley and the Wailers — headliners of the show — were forced to play while it was still light out because organizers were worried there would be violence if they played after dark.

Related: The Wailers played a residency with Bruce Springsteen at a tiny club 40 years ago

Yes, this is absolutely ridiculous, given that one of the expressed goals of the show was to support the ongoing efforts of people in Boston to end racism in their families, schools, workplaces and communities.

However, the daylight frames Bob’s iconic dreadlocks suitably as he shakes them frantically and bends back to reach into his heart and hit notes so right-on that they sting listeners’ hearts. Honestly, try not being blown away by this, as he flails around and waves his hands like a manic street preacher. Note: Not like a member of the band Manic Street Preachers, but like an actual dude on the street who could be crazy or have some deeply rooted connection to the divine.


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