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Peter Tosh – The Shitstem

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August, 1983: Peter Tosh was the most popular reggae singer in the world (Bob Marley was dead). His credentials were myriad and impeccable. He was a founding member of the Wailers with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer in 1964, in the Trenchtown slum of Kingston, Jamaica. He taught Bob Marley to play guitar. He left the Wailers in 1975 to pursue a successful solo career which was peaking with the Mama Africa Tour of 82-84, which played every continent of the world except Antarctica.

I met with Tosh the day after a magnificent performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles with his crack band Word, Sound and Power, featuring American guitarist Donald Kinsey (of the Chicago blues-funk band, The Kinsey Report), and a rock-solid rhythm section of Santa Davis (drums) and Fully Fullwood (bass).

As I approached Tosh’s Hollywood hotel room, incense billowed out from under the door. As the photographer and I entered the room, several members of Tosh’s entourage lolled about, Jamaican-style. Tosh was renowned for giving writers – especially white writers – a hard time.

Tosh stretched to his full 6′ 3″ height and shook his Medusa tangle of dreads, then composed himself into an alarmingly compact coil on the couch. I was seated across from Tosh, sensing that all of this was aimed at maximum intimidation. Tosh wore a preternaturally white t-shirt and sweats. He corralled his dreads under a Jamaican-style cap, put on his shades, lit five more sticks of incense and signaled his willingness to be addressed.

Why did you choose to record a reggae version of “Johnny B. Goode”?

“For commercial acceptance. My guitar player proposed it, we all arranged it. ‘Commercial’ is something for sale. I want my music to sell, mon. I want my music to reach the 500 millions.”

What is your place in music?

“At the highest. I live my music, seen? I am a man of profound righteousness. I am in the highest position of life, so my music is also of highest position. Yah mon!”

Are you religious?

“Religion is misturned philosophy. I am that I am. I do not tell lie. How many you know not tell lie, mon?”

Who is responsible for your music?

“Jah flows through me. We are responsible. I live music. It rises spontaneously from me. Compositions appear, mon. In the beginning there was the word. The word was Jah. The word is in I, Jah is in I. I make what is good, better, and what is better, best. I follow this in every aspect of life.”

Who can play reggae?

“Only the architect, mon. All else paint picture from picture. You must have the feeling. Only Jamaican created reggae. If any other could have, they would have. This dispensation of time, Jah favor Jamaica. Reggae must be lived, not played. It is a lifebeat everytime, mon.”

Is your reggae influenced by rock ‘n’ roll?

“Who influenced who, mon? Reggae influenced rock ‘n’ roll. Reggae is the king’s music, played by kings, inspired by the King of Kings. Reggae has always been, seen?”

Why did you leave the Wailers?

“I never left myself, mon. It was belittling my integrity. I taught Bob Marley. How can you compare the teacher with the taught? I and I and the devil are at war. The devil make Marley leader of the band. I had no desire follow the path of destruction.”

Are you saying that Bob Marley is a devil?

“Bob Marley is dead, mon.”

[During the conversation, Tosh carefully cleaned, pruned and rolled a spliff the size of a banana. He lit it, blew a volcanic stream of smoke at the ceiling and smiled.]

Why do you tour and record?

“To spread the word, to liberate my people and to make money, mon. I need plenty money to walk my Father’s Kingdom, mon. The blood cloth dollar will burn, but Africa’s gold and diamonds are forever. Jah mon.”

How is the tour going?

“Very good and most righteous indeed, mon. It always good every time. It is the only way to reach the people. The record company fuck up every time, mon. They don’t put my record in the record shop. They diplomatic assassinating me.”

You mentioned your record company [EMI].

“They sign to demote. I get no proper promotion. They all seek I. They know the potential of this music. They seek to exploit it.”

How do you like having a hit single? [“Johnny B. Goode”]

“What hit single? A black man sell 50,000 copies, he have hit. The white man sell 4 million, he have hit. The ministers of the shitstem seek to kill me spiritually, verbally and physically.”

Why?

“That I might be crucified like Christ and all true Christians. The shitstem is white and black, Christian and Jew. It’s a conspiracy, yah mon. It will be in my book, Red X. They know who they are.”

How old are you?

“How old is the sun? Sun not temporary, not chronological. There is the terra-celestial and the celestial. I am celestial, mon. I am here, there and everywhere. I live among men so I must adjust myself. When I go to other planet, I must adjust myself there, too, mon.

[I felt my consciousness drifting to another planet as well. A contact high in such an environment could only have been avoided by cessation of respiration. The incense and ganja had long since thickened the room into a Martian swirl. The smoke seemed to develop a life of its own, obscuring all of the physical Tosh save for his sunglasses. Tosh progressively resembled a rasta Cheshire cat.]

Do you prefer some of your songs over others?

“Are some flowers more beautiful than others? The garden is beautiful. Do I prefer brother over brother? Comparisons are part of this political world. Where there is one, there is no conflict. Where there is two or more, there is conflict. Two is the devil. Conflict begin with the devil. We count 0 to 1, then back to 0. It is a circle.”

Does it bother you that the majority of your American audience is white?

“Every time, mon! It is 99.9%! It is again a conspiracy to demote I. Don’t feel no way. My counteraction will be lightning and earthquake.”

What is your goal?

“To promote equal rights and justice for every man.”

What will happen when this goal is reached?

“The flowers will bloom and the pollution will go away. There will be fresh air and no pestilence. Man has created these things for experimental purposes to promote death and advance technology. But soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?”

Do you offer any advice?

“Buy more reggae records, mon. Stop smoking cigarettes and start smoking ganja. If you live the reggae beat, you will not perish from it.”

Tosh survived the reggae beat, but not the drugs and politics-driven violence of Jamaica. He was murdered in a hail of bullets at his home in Kingston in 1987. The murder is still under investigation.

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  • Love Peter Tosh ~ C/O Steppin Razor

  • To me having listened to lots of Reggae Music, Peter Tosh is most definitely up there with Bob Marley

  • Kang

    I don’t think the words of Peter Tosh is accurate in this interview… from what I read about Peter Tosh – I read a whole lot – he hasn’t ever put a number of records he need to sell. He understood they did not promote his music – which is true. Peter Tosh never said anything negative about Bob Marley just Blackwell wanted Bob to be the leader and Peter did not want that. To paint this hostile evil image of Peter Tosh.. I don’t believe the interviewer quoting Peter Tosh…!! I can feel it…!!!

  • Angela TafarI

    Peter is a Prophet….a man of the past, living in the present, and yes, he prophosized his own death, “Steppin’ in the future.” His murder is not under investigation. His fans already know who and what murdered him. Two gunmen still walk free. Alphabet agencies have been implicated for their role….Consider yourself blessed to represent babylon to him. His whole life was a speech! Suggest u appreciate the Healing of the Nations, more…..It helped Peter achieve the greatness he achieved in his life. Every word he spoke to you in this interview goes deep—-deeper than it’s face value. He knew what would happen, and his courage is legendary. The King’s Music is not like babylon music. Heed his words. Selah.

  • Nii

    Oh Jah Rastaria, Peter tosh is the greatest reggae artist with great sense ever. Bob Marley was good but Peter is the main man of Reggae Music which heals. RIP peter and bob

  • YASUS AFARI

    ‘Overstanding RASTAFARI – Jamaica’s Gift to the World’

  • Bob Marley at The One Love Peace Conference said the following as he called the two politicians onstage, and while he held their hands above his head and said while improvising on “Jammin'”:

    “ Just let me tell you something (yeah), to make e…verything come true, we gotta be together. (Yeah, yeah, yeah) and through the spirit of the Most High, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, we’re inviting a few leading people of the slaves to shake hands. . . To show the people that you love them right, to show the people that you gonna unite, show the people that you’re over bright, show the people that everything is all right. Watch, watch, watch, what you’re doing, because I wanna send a message right out there. I mean, I’m not so good at talking but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. Well, I’m trying to say, could we have, could we have, up here onstage here the presence of Mr. Michael Manley and Mr. Edward Seaga. I just want to shake hands and show the people that we’re gonna make it right, we’re gonna unite, we’re gonna make it right, we’ve got to unite . The moon is right over my head, and I give my love instead. The moon was right above my head, and I give my love instead.

    ( Courtesy of Neville Bardoli aka ‘Steppin Razor (c) ‘A Rastaman Prod Inc ‘ 2011 )See more

  • Bob Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. His departure from this planet came at a point when his vision of One World, One Love ?” inspired by his belief in Rastafari ?” was beginning to be heard and felt. The last Bob Marley and the Wailers tour in 1980 attracted the largest audiences at that time for any musical act in Europe.

    Bob’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and various periods of mystical wilderness. And his audience continues to widen: to westerners Bob’s apocalyptic truths prove inspirational and life-changing; in the Third World his impact goes much further. Not just among Jamaicans, but also the Hopi Indians of New Mexico and the Maoris of New Zealand, in Indonesia and India, and especially in those parts of West Africa from wihch slaves were plucked and taken to the New World, Bob is seen as a redeemer figure returning to lead this.

    ( Courtesy of Tuff Gong Universal (c) in Assocaition with Neville Bardoli aka ‘Steppin Razor’ (c) ‘A Rastaman Prod Inc’ 2011 )

  • To me personally my dear friend and confidant the late great legendary Mr Peter Tosh was extremely well educated, and spoke in such a fatidic manner which seem to flow naturally, to me he was more than a friend, we were like brothers from different mothers if you will, and yet privately he was a very compassionate person, occasionally shy which ironically was quite the antithesis to his extravagant outgoing onstage presence which i’d witnessed on many occasions, i so miss his presence, Lord have Mercy, In ernest Neville Bardoli aka ‘Steppin Razor (c) ‘A Rastaman Prod Inc’ 2011

  • Neville Bardoli aka ‘Steppin Razor’ January 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    Peter Tosh was born on 19 Oct 1944 in Westmoreland, Jamaica. His birth name was Winston Hubert Tosh. His is also called Stepping Razor. Peter Tosh died on 11 Sep 1987.
    Peter Tosh, was a reggae musician .He began to sing and learn guitar at a young age inspired by the American stations. After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was assassinated at his home during a robbery. In living memory of my dear friend and confidant The Legend that is Mr Peter Tosh a man i am extremely proud to call my friend, in ernest Neville Bardoli aka ‘Steppin Razor’ (c) ‘A Rastaman Prod Inc’ 2011.

    Peter Tosh released the following albums inluding Black Dignity: Early Works of the Stepping Razor (2009), Playlist: The Very Best of Peter Tosh (2009), Best of Peter Tosh (2008), Live & Dangerous Boston 1976 (2008), Talking Revolution (2005), Can’t Blame the Youth (2004), 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Peter Tosh (2004), Best of Peter Tosh 1978-1987 (2003), The Essential Peter Tosh: The Columbia Years (2003), Mama Africa (2002), Wanted Dread & Alive (2002), No Nuclear War (2002), Mystic Man (2002), Complete Captured Live (2002), Bush Doctor (2002), Arise Black Man (2001), I Am That I Am (2001), Super Hits (2001), Honorary Citizen (2000), Peter Tosh Live at the Jamaican Music Fest 1982 (2000), Scrolls of the Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh (1999), Equal Rights (1999), Legalize It (1999), The Best of Peter Tosh: Dread Don’t Die (1996), The Gold Collection (1996), Captured Live (1990) and The Toughest (1990).

  • Neville Bardoli aka ‘ Steppin Razor ‘ said 1 month ago

    ” In Memory of my dear friend and confidant Peter Tosh, RIP, so deeply missed your friend in life.” Courtesy of Neville Bardoli EMI Records Inc (c) 2010

  • ” Despite his well deserved fame Peter Tosh accepted my friendship in the early eighties in New York city because and i quote; ” you is a very intriguing man, yes, seen ” and i too found his brand of music very electrifying and he struck me as being extremely eloquent with a strong Jamaican accent, always the consumate ladies man was peter, but above all he was loyal to those he trusted, and i really miss his presence, RIP my dear friend and confidant.” Sincerely, Neville Bardoli ( aka ‘ Steppin Razor ‘ )

  • Peter Tosh was and remains a legend in the genre of reggae music

  • excellent points – he was a man of contradictions. No question he was resentful, perhaps jealous of Marley. It’s too bad because he’s one of the small handful of reggae greats

  • EmitFlesti

    “I find it interesting that the exhortations left on this post are all of a positive naure. Yah mon!”

    Yeah, because he comes across as a BS-ing con-man, who thinks he’s God and the greatest musician ever. Methink’s I detect a bit of jealously over the fact that his erstwhile bandmate and friend became a much greater and influenetial and lasting musician than he did! All he can say of Marley is “Bob Marley dead, mon”?

    And then he complains about his US audience being mostly white, yet constantly talks of his need to make money, sell records…so, would he prefer whites not to buy them? Are only blacks supposed to buy his records? Will he return the money from white buyers?

    tosh was talented, made a couple great songs (Legalize It, Pick Myself Up), but the bottom line is he can’t hold a canlde to Marley..that is his regret and his tragedy. RIP

  • faisal

    though i was not born during the great era of tosh but i’ve used the internet to learn alot of things about this wonderful man.oh yes he was the man with the guitar the greatest ever reggae musician and also a great thinker.He was,he is and will forever remain the best.We LOVE U father PETER

  • dak

    rasta live !
    jah live!
    so we live!
    rastafari!!dak

  • Steppin Razor

    This thread is active for 6 years man!That bway william is now 20-21, seen?!Bombo claat..This is only to testify that Peter Tosh and Free I live for ever, and they are as solid as a rock still..Jah Bless and keep the fire burnin!Eric u are trully blessed to have been able to speak with the mystic man

  • queensheba

    what a mistic man.
    if i had lived in his time, i would have travelled all the way to hear his words of wisdom and had a seed from him to keep the descendant alive. exactly like queen of sheba did to king solomon.

    Great respect Peter Tosh.

  • rasta

    JAH flows through all of us
    rasta can save the world, true respect for nature
    rasta no need THE MAN, only need MOTHER EARTH!

    G.A.N.J.A
    R.N.A.A.L
    A.D.T.H.W
    S…..U… A
    S…..R…..Y
    …….E…..S

  • Mystic Man

    Peter’s whole life reads like a conspiracy theory…he even predicted his own death just weeks before. A definitive biography has never been released although it was written but stopped at the last minute…why ? For Peter’s memory the truth must be revealed by all of his fans – we gotta come togetha to right this wrong.
    Jah ! Rastafari…

  • mamadou

    Roulez pour moi une spliff de la taille d’une banane que je puisse croiser sprituelement peter tosh encore une fois

  • coming in hot

  • Halfwaytree

    I have been thinking more about this. SO the story goes like this….”According to him, many years before his death, Peter Tosh had some sort of run in with the law. Sorry, I have no specifics concerning what for. The cops and authorities however were apparently coming down hard and looking to put PT away for a while. Because of this, an associate of PT’s, who was apparently much less fortunate, offered to take the fall for whatever it was. In exchange, all he asked was that PT take care of his family while he was away and treat them as his own. The story goes that the man went to prison and emerged 15 years later only to find that…”

    We are to believe that someone would go to jail for 15 years thus leaving his wife and children for a crime he did not commit in hope that his wife would be taken care by another man. And his children, who would be more than likely adults when he emerges, would be abandoned for their entire childhood. Wow, quite the guy, and what is this mans name, it should be easy to find if he did 15 years in jail.

    Peter was a revolutionary and was cowardly executed…what else can you say about being shot face down in the back of the head?

  • Halwaytree

    Yes I and I liveth and I give thanks to Eric for posting this fantastic interview.

    First, Why do we never hear the name of this so called “associate,” of Tosh that took a rap for him in exchange for support of his family. This is also briefly mentioned in the Stepping Razor, but also quickly dismissed as lies. It also seems highly unreasonable. The only name surrounding the murder I have ever seen is Leppo..let this unamed avenger step forward. I am very interested in the other two Unamed gunmen that gunned down Peter execution style.
    But Babylon the joke is on you as Peter no Dead.

    Second, Africa is the central part remaining of Pangea, the earths orginal land mass…sooo “No matter where you come from, you are an African”

    Give thanks and praises to Both Bob And Peter they have both decorated the entire earth with beautifull spiritual music for the heart!!
    Jah Rastafari Ever Liveth

  • need more peter,s tosh bottlegs —what,s happen to discographs dont do nothing ??

  • MOSES THONGOANA

    PETER TOSH WAS A DEMI GOD,REGGAE KING,MY MAN AND THE ONE WHO TOUGHT MARLEY GUITER.I NEED TOSH’S ALBUMS,MON.PLEASE. [Personal contact info deleted]

  • richard (The Bush Dr.)

    Peter Tosh music helps me to live my life

  • Vuyokazi

    Peter Tosh’s song titled “Fools die (for want of wisdom) is the best song ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Billy Boy

    I wish I could find a full biography in form of a book..there are many bob marley books…so why there are no peter tosh books???? I would be happy to find a real good book of course this will need a good author..

  • fortune

    I appreciate that even from time immemorial Saints were never loved by all.Its not surprising that you get people criticizing Tosh and giving their conclusive deductions and hypothesises of him being an egotist and all the obscenities etc.We shall all fight and quarrel if we want to be judgemental coz that is not our position.Lets applaud whats good and detaste the bad without being judgemental and spiteful,the man deserves props “give unto Ceasar wht belongs to Ceasar and to Tosh what belongs to Tosh”

  • peter tosh the man is the greve in peace of love with future carrier

  • ManoBR

    É um pena perdermos o Tosh tão cedo … ele tinha uma visão superior, esta que nos permite afastar desse mundo falso e materialista. Ele continua brilhando num lugar melhor. Obrigado pela aula Mr Tosh.
    Tosh rules !

  • NERO

    Peter Tosh thought everybody owed him something. Always complaining about being “ripped-off”. Maybe some of it had merit, but I doubt all of it.

  • tony

    he’s too black to be whitewashed.

    chill on the EGO you 2. didnt keith richards owe him money??

  • Roman

    …or threaten his life? Tosh threatened to murder Richards if he came to his own house, where Tosh and his buddies were lounging.

    There sure are a lot of Tosh apologists on this board. He was an excellent musician and artist, but let’s not whitewash him too much here.

  • NERO

    He did more than “get mad”. He vandalised the man’s home. A cowardly act. How did Keith “mess” with him? Did he destroy Peter’s home?

  • tony

    peter tosh had no duplicity. he new himself, im almost positive. he was jsut concious of the facts that are on this eart, and racism is one, so he seeked to help his people grow, you see?

    he was maybe paranoid of the truth, and critical of people but not judgemental. he didnt have the seperation of sex’s like bob, and had good friends of all colors. keith richards messed with him, so why wouldnt he get mad?

  • Nero

    …oh, and I guess cuz I have the gall to challenge your long-cherished views, I’m a “hate-monger” and an “idiot”, right?

  • Nero

    MANNAY and the other Sarah-attackers: What “venemous spewing”?? You know the old saying- “You spot it, you got it”. Sarah said nothing that required your backlash. She stated the truth as she saw it. Your childish attacks on this person is the result of her having the temerity to disagree with you on your myopic view of Tosh. By all accounts I’ve heard and read(and I’ve read/heard A LOT), Tosh was indeed quite the egotist. He also indulged in quite a bit of duplicity, on one hand preaching “unity” and on the other hand making blatantly racist statements. Face it, the man spoke often out of both sides of his face. That’s a proveable fact, not an opinion.

    It is also a matter of record that many people in his life felt that he was overly-critical of everybody and a bit paranoid-delusional towards the end of it. Sorry Rastas, but like as not, marajuana is a HALLUCINOGEN. Period. And it tends to make some members of the populace pretty paranoid. Tosh was obviously part of this demographic.

    I’m a fan of PTs music, but stop trying to make him into a saint. Or do I need to bring up the thuggish, cowardly trashing Keith Richards’ home that PT and his friends indulged in?

  • kike was

    el concierto de berlin de 1983 es la ostia de bueno haber si lo sacan en official yo lo tengo y mola todo desde el comienzo hasta el final …….lo que se esta perdiendo la gente

  • kike was

    i want exchange peter tosh live concerts tell me some here i will put in contact i have 50 shows of peter tosh

  • Peter was a man who was trying to uplift the mind of oppresed people. But the SHITSTEM didnot leave him alone cause he was pointing the problem from it’s roots. That’s why the media and SHITSTEM leaders branded him a RADICAL. A Radical in the face of truth is not sin. A radical in the face of humiliation,degradation and all kinda of ion is sin and disgrace.
    Something must be done to make sure the whole (true0 history of Tosh is known. Many people talk bout marley. We know he was there and as Tosh put; he did his job and gone. But the way people and media talks about him, one may think that the KING OF REAGAE i.e Tosh he’s not excting. Always people talks about Tosh as a jailbird,Ganja smoker and all kinda of bad sounding act.The web should be created for people to know WHAT TYPE OF MAN WAS HE.The UNTOLD story must be open to all for this man who died because of others.Talks aboutmarley: this because many people can listen to his songs. We should do our best to make sure people can listen to Tosh as well and compare between two.The results others will not agree, but that’s their proplem.Listen to Downpressorman,Glasshouse,NO NUKE WAR to know WHAT TYPE OF MAN TOSH WAS and to what he was stand for.

  • Kassel

    Yes, I agree, Sarah has no right to portray the Stepping Razor in a negative light. You sound critical of a man who was speaking out against the colonial shitstem and helping the oppressed people. What gives you this authority to do this? Nobody takes your statements seriously and you sound more like a bitter celibate woman than a knowledgable Rasta. “PT did not live up to his end of the bargain?” Why don’t you prove this wooman instead of making critical statements and throwing dirt on the good man’s grave?

  • Mannay

    Sarah- please do not portray yourself as one qualified or knowledgable in Reggae music and thus qualified to judge Peter Tosh. Because your venomous spewing upon a legend is inconcievable. How can you criticize Peter Tosh and his struggle against the imperial/colonial “shitstem?” He was the most eloquent speaker of Jamaican liberation against European imperialism, how is that NOT an exalted cause? Please crawl back into the hole of idiocy that you emerged from.

  • Akat

    I just wanna say a truth to a couple of dumbs(the writers of some comments above),one of which calls him/herself sarah that she/he probably understands but never overstands. Peter Tosh was,and is the King of reggae.white people have always done their best to raise their racemates and put them where a BlackMan deserves to be,and thats one of the two reasons why mr Bob seems to you to be what you think he is.the other reason and the main one is the fact of,unlikely most people who claim to be musicians,saying only what is truth in an inside-out world where bullshit is advertised and thruth distorched. Tosh was a Man inspired By GOD to speak the truth. his reggae is at the highest position among reggaes.I cannot awaken you if you refuse…

  • tea dread

    peter tosh is the great reggae legends ever. the reason why i dont like bob marley is because he never ever gave peter tosh his props peter tosh wrote alot of bob marley stuff never a thank you or anything thats the reason why i dont respect bob i know he’s a legend but peter tosh is the reggae’s king thats all i got to say peace

  • justafan

    Fantastic interview. I think the bottom line is never before — and woe to humankind — perhaps never again, will there be a confluence of talent the likes of Peter, Bunny, and Bob coming together again. Who cares if Bob’s better? Or if Peter’s better? They both are so talented, it’s like comparing two blazing suns/stars in the heavens. Who’s to say one is hotter, brighter than the other? They were too bright, too powerful to stay together for long. Each needed more space, more room as to pan out and reach different, broader audiences. As for the horrible tragedy of PT’s murder, it’s very difficult to imagine it NOT being politically motivated. I think Leppo? was definitely a patsy, PT had conflict througout his life with the Jamaican police/authorities. He himself told how they had “beat him within an inch of his life” one time back in the 70’s. Finally, Bob himself basically predicted Peter’s demise, did he not? “How long shall they kill our profits, while we stand aside and look…?”

  • Sarah

    That was a great interview. You truly capured the moment through your discriptions. I also think you asked the right questions, to give us a glimpse of what PT was truly all about.

    I am a huge reggae fan. I’ve been collecting classic and contemporary 45’s for years now. I have respect for PT as a musician, although not one of my top 10. I have little respect though for many of his attitudes. I am quite surprised, after reading the interview and then reading through the comments that so few people had anything but positives to say about him and in particular his words, in the interview.

    One person had mentioned the story surrounding his death, which, I’ve heard several times on my visits to Jamaica. Everyone I’ve spoken to over the years have all said that it was retaliation for his former friend serving serving many years in prison for PT in exchange for his family being well cared for. PT did not live up to his end at all.

    In the interview, he came across as being very self righteous, arrogant, greedy, jealous and semi-delusional . I won’t take up the space in this blog to quote him, but I believe if you scan over the interview again, you will clearly see all of the attitudes I have just mentioned.

    He was obviously very jealous of Bob (personally, Bunny is my favorite Wailer, so that is not affecting my judgement), overly concerned with $ and sales (for a true rasta), but at the same time angry that so much of his audience was white (a bit racist for someone who preaches equality amongst people), and had to blame anyone but himself for poor record sales.

    I think it’s great that people love his music…but let’s not let that over shadow everything by calling him a prophet, as I saw in many of the comments. He was a great musician with an even greater ego.

  • kike was

    Bob Marley- Hold On To This Feeling

  • kike was

    Peter Tosh – Lord Of Lords & Drum Jam 29-9-81

  • kike was

    i,m searching mp3 and divx.Peter Tosh live performances and waiting to contact with anyone can bring any information. out of Spain.in America can be more cds ,tapes ,and information and fans then in Europa.kike was -barcelona -aka barna

  • kike was

    my favourite album are all ………………a diferent times but i prefer the live performances and is when the artist give to all his best and “jamming” the lyrics and must see along the time and space and -learn this – message and spiritually with the band is powerfull

  • kike was

    my favourite album are all ………………a diferent times but i prefer the live performances and is when the artist give to all his best and “jamming” the lyrics and must see along the time and space and -learn this – message and spiritually with the band is powerfull

  • deborah d. moseley

    i enjoyed the peter tosh interview; i did not realize he was such a spiritual(if that’s the right word) person. i recall during the early 80’s, the first time i heard bob marley’s music, i wasn’t so thrilled. but the first time i heard peter tosh, i was enthralled. it sounded like pure reggae. people just did not agree with me when i said,’bob marley is good, but peter tosh is better.’ years later, on a vh-1 behind the music show about peter tosh, i recall that the producer of the wailers decided to put bob marley up front because he was half-white and would be more appealing to the mainstream audience, which did not sit too well with peter tosh. perhaps this explains the reference he made in the interview to bob marley’s half-whiteness. my favorite peter tosh albums are legalize it and wanted: dread and alive. they are testaments to his gifts as musician, songwriter, philosopher, and historian. thanks for posting a great interview. i learned more from it than i ever could sitting in a professor’s philosophy class.

  • kike was

    and where is the dvd of one of the best bob marley,s tributes, the Peter tosh World Music Festival 1982 montego bay is impressionant that concert -any think they can do its make a super dvd of this show. And the toronto 1980 experience was tremendous i,m see that video until a year all days after the work and its incomplete !! .My grandmother says -what -garbo and grace- has this tall-men.and the disfraces and karate kimonos is very happynest. .can cost a lot of money this rights of author and marketing to makes this dvds …..what a disgrace..

  • kike was

    this is my four year i,m searching for peter tosh concerts and all my youth i,m searchind for bob marley concert and at the last, ten years ago i and more people can apreciate the marley,s works in all the world thanks to all peaple can make reallyty this dream of youtness.kike was

  • kike was

    see you in jamaica and zion brothers and sisters in the super concert of the other world with peter and bob . the righful ruler still rule to them and his words is th true. you can believe . anyone cant trade boots except the tosh family i supouse. thanks to the people to make the Peter Tosh ahoy 83 concert.avi for the emule and glen miller ballrom .i still downloadind the capri 1979, long island 1980 ,calderone 1979 , the bottom line 1979 ,peter tosh live in england 1979 and the 01-veronicas rocknight 1983 live, anything can get more information of emule archives.thanks for all-what happen-

  • kike was

    where are these boots losten to the day of the new age that the reggae will born in the twentith century .whap happen.the reggae died that 11-9-87.the live is for live with the music and start all over.these music that he teachin was always persecuted by evil forces and the devil today problaby will win to goodnes.and this bootlegs will suffer a long time to see the light and the thunder and his time will be apreciated.

  • kike was

    is dificult to adquire a Peter Tosh lives bootlegs. i,m searching the Toulousse show is this the best show ?and Reggae Sunsplash 80? , and the Gold Coast Ballroom australia 83?, and the Agora ballroom 83 show?. my favourite boot is the ahoy 83 concert for my is the best i listen the london 83 is very good too .Kike was Barcelona , Spain-22-2-2006.gretins to semayat and friends and those web page . so anyone cant bring the path of peter too recognize his works.anybody realeases the Reggae Sunsplash 3 tio ya les vale.Kike Was 17-12-76. i,m listen Peter tosh shows and they dont wan,t to releases peter tosh cocerts because anyone knows and the true is a disgrace they were suffer about marley and tosh deaths ,good blees them.not gonna give it up,i,m not .time will tell

  • Taca

    If you check all musics (including reggae music) on hearth have limit that is they tire you at a certain extent,yet tosh’s music is superior to this fenomenon, why? only one answer as far as i can see,his music is not terrestial, he is not terrestial.it’s a pity that most Africans refuse to see for themselves and instead wait for the media to tell them everything, because Peter is prove that God favours Africa and wants Africans to Arise.He is the Best, the Foundation.While i am Black and Proud, fools keep dieing

  • Woldesemayat

    Sorry I forgot to thank the author Eric for this great peace. Once I started talking about Tosh I forget everything. Give thanks for posting this great interview.

  • Woldesemayat

    And Yes that is my real name “Woldesemayat” that was given to me in ethiopian orthodox chruch which connected me to the other “Woldesemayat” the great Peter Tosh when he got baptized in the ehthiopian orthodx church. This was a true rasta who took his upon this life to eradicate the shistem that black poor people have been living all thier life time. I always tell people if you want to know how great and true this man was just listen to the one love peace concert cd and you will see. Yes people always talk about how bob got the two leaders to shake hands on stage but really what did that to improve the lives of the jamican people. Peter was a prophet and a prophet always speaks the truth. For a man in a third world country where what you say and do is controlled to the max he was the real hero. He paid a huge price for that too. He was not trying to be ethiopian he was an ethiopian, he spoke the language knew the culture. The song Igziabher says it all about this man and his profound love and respect for the almighty. I am glad I came across this blog and reading all the comments about Woldesemayt really affirmed my belief that this man is trully a prophet who was sacrificed by the shitsem so people wont know nothing about the truth.

    Give thanks and bless.

  • TO ALL THE RASTAFARIANS IN JAMAICA, YOU RELIGION IS PERFECT BUT INCOMPLETE, INCORPORATE IN IT THE WHOLE ISSUE OF ANCESTORS B,CAUSE YOU ARE AFRICANS.RESEARCH ON THE ISSUE AND MAKE PROGRESS.BIENG A VEGITARIAN IS GOOD AND YES HAILE SELLASIE IS THE LION OF JUDAH,YET AGAIN ANCESTORS ARE REAL, THEY LOOK UPON YOU EVERY TIME, THEY NEED YOUR ACKNOWLADGEMENT,OFFER SACRIFICES TO THEM, THEY WILL BRING UPON YOU PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS.JAMAICAN PEOPLE, YOU ARE GIFTED WITH WISEDOM AND INCREADABLE KNOWLADGE.PETER TOSH KNEW THIS BUT I SUSPECT THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO CONFUSE THE RASTAFARIAN FAMILY,PETER TOSH HAD THE ANCESTROL POWERS,HE COULD FORETELL EVENTS PRIOR TO THEIR HAPPENINGS,HE FORETOLD HIS OWN DEATH.THE RASTAFARIAN MOVEMENT IS A VEHICLE THAT SORT TO UPLIFT THE SLAVISH INDOCTRINATION, ESPECIALLY WITHIN THE BLACK RACE,REMEMBER THIS,JESUS WAS BLACK,WHEN HE WAS YOUNG;TWO DOVES WERE SACRIFICED,THE INCENSE WAS BURNED AS THIS WAS ACCORDING THE TRADITION OF THE THEN JEWS,THE VERY SAME TRADITION THAT WE THE ZULUS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND EVERY OTHER AFRICAN PEOPLE IN THIS CONTINENT STILL UPHOLD TO THIS PRESENT DAY.TWO DOVES WERE SACRIFICED B,CAUSE JOSEPH WAS POOR OTHERWISE A GOAT OR A SHEEP WOULD HAVE BEEN SACRIFICED EXACLY AS WE STILL DO TODAY.IF RASTAFARIANISM IS A TOOL TO ACKNOWLADGE THE ORIGINS AND THE TRUE RELIGION OF THE HUMAN RACE,SURELY THE ISSUE OF ANCESTORS CAN NOT BE IGNORED.I AM COMMUNICATING THIS INFORMATION TO YOU TODAY B,CAUSE WHEN I VIEWED THE STEPPIN RAZOR,RED X,PETER`S AUTOBIOGRAPHY I WAS SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT WE LOST THIS MIGHTY LION SIMPLY B,CAUSE HE COUID NOT PERFOM A RITUAL WHICH IS HIS INHERITANCE AS AN AFRICAN.THIS IS A CONTRADICTION THAT IS SO UNNECCESSARY.THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY ARE IN AFRICA,THE ORIGINS OF RASTAFARIANISM ARE IN AFRICA,THOUGH FOUNDED BY MARCUS GARVEY IN JAMAICA,HE WAS HAILING HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY IN ETHOPIA.FULFILL RASTAFARIANISM,TIME IS NOW.

  • LET ALL THE CHILDREN OF THIS MIGHTY LION STAND UP JUST LIKE HIM.ANDREW KEEP THE FIRE BURNING.PLEASE WHOEVER KNOWS PLEASE INFORM ME ABOUT MARLENE,OBEAH,PETER;THE MURDER AND JAMAICA?PETER WENT TO SWAZILAND TO INQUIRE ABOUT HIS FADING VOICE;THE HERBS MAN TOLD HIM THAT HE NEEDS TO MAKE A SACRIFICE WHEN HE RETURNS TO JAMAICA B’CAUSE HE WILL BE SHOT,BIENG A RASTA FIT HE DID NOT COMPLY AND WE LOST HIM.PETER DID NOT REALISE THAT HE HAD ANCESTRAL POWERS.IT WAS A PITY.

  • PETER TOSH WAS INDEED A LEGEND.HIS WORDS WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE US HERE ON EARTH AND WHERE EVER WE GO.BOB MARLEY WAS A LEGEND EQUALLY INSPIRING,BUT THE MANNER IN WHICH BOB TREATED HIS WIFE RITA,HIS BAND MEMBERS INCLUDING PETER WAS UN ACCEPTABLE.THE STORY RELATING TO PETER’S MURDER NEEDS TO BE TOLD OPENLY.LET THOSE WHO KNOW THE TRUTH COME FOWARD.WHAT IS EVIDENT FROM THE REGGAE GENRE IS THAT PETER STOOD OUT AMONGST THE REST AS THE LION.HE DID NOT COMPROMISE.HIS MESSAGE WAS OUTSTANDING.A TRUE REVOLUTIONARY.HE WAS GOD SENT,JUST LIKE MALCOM X.HIS SOUL IS OLD,MIGHTY AND IMPERISHABLE.HIS WORDS ARE THE TRUTH.

  • howie, St.Croix

    to feel it is to really understand it. Mr Peter Tosh has been taken from us to early in this lifetime. I have been priveledged to see this master of reggae and what Rasta has to stand for only four times live and to see his son Andrew at least 1 dozen times. His symbol of rasta music lives on daily in my world and will teach my children everything he stands for. He set trends as a musician,artist, as well as an architect as a reggae musician, and may his guitar bellos sing on!!! Jah Rastafarai.

  • howie, St.Croix

    to feel it is to really understand it. Mr Peter Tosh has been taken from us to early in this lifetime. I have been priveledged to see this master of reggae and what Rasta has to stand for only four times live and to see his son Andrew at least 1 dozen times. His symbol of rasta music lives on daily in my world and will teach my children everything he stands for. He set trends as a musician,artist, as well as an architect as a reggae musician, and may his guitar bellos sing on!!! Jah Rastafarai.

  • Give Peter a song to sing like Chuck Berry’s Jonny Be Goode and Rolling Stone’s Don’t look back and see how he plays them and you’ll know he was a true artist but what made him genuine was; good as these songs are, he liked making and singing his own songs.

  • RDK

    Tosh lives yesterday, today and tomorrow. For he was the Original Mon.

  • soy de La Plata , Argentina, aguante el reggae , Peter , Bob y Resistencia suburbana …La Marihuna y El Che Guevara!!! un saludo ….gente!!

  • Mustafa

    greetings one and all.just like tosh as said all is life.THERE WILL BE NO PEACE UNTIL THERE IS EQUAL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.Tosh was and is the greatest and toughest.u can kill the revoutionary but u cant kill the revolution.Then again u cant kill a man like peter,like he said ONLY FOOLS DIE!so check it,i am that i am.BLESS!

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Ras Craig, yes, certainly that was just my opinion about his albums being variable, but when he was on he was great, and the live show was dominating.

    Once again, I have to try to find the interview tape. It is certainly of historical as well as personal interest.

    g-man, he was a force indeed!

  • I had the great good fortune of seeing Peter Tosh in Toronto in the very early eighties. On this tour he had “Taxi Squad”, Robbies Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, as his rythem secttion. Absolutly the tightest reggae show I’ve ever seen!

    The man was magnificant and intimidating on stage, in person I can only imagine the aura given off by his presence. Sorry if that sounds sort of new agy but you get the idea.

    He is sorely missed in these days of conformity and white apropriation of black culture. I can’t see him or any of the reggae heavies standing for the way rap has been twisted into a fasion statement for white homies from suburbia.

    gypsyman

  • Ras Craig

    Greetings Eric,
    that’s a very very nice interview with Peter !!!!!!

    I name is Ras Craig from Scotland
    and I have currently have the largest Tosh archive in the U.K (along with Roger Steffens, the largest collections of Peter’s Interviews)

    My Bredren,
    please would it be possible for I to purchase a copy of your interview from You or even possibly I can trade with you for some of my videos or interviews
    (I have many from the 83′ Mama Africa tour)

    but Eric your comments about Peter’s career,

    “Tosh was up and down solo, typically less melodic than Marley”

    where did you get that idea from ??
    I think that’s your opinion,
    I would like to know which of Peter’s albums are down

    Please E-mail I,

    Thank You and

    Jah Guidance
    Ras Craig

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks RL, I am so happy this interview has been of interest to so many people. Fascinating question about Bob – he certainly didn’t identify with his white father, who was much older than his mother and never much of his life.

    Ski, Tosh was up and down solo, typically less melodic than Marley, but I think Mama Africa holds up with most anything Bob did.

  • SFC SKI

    Well, PT knows his dope, and it shows.
    I was never a huge fan of Tosh’s solo work; I ran towards dub, but I can’t deny his work with the Wailer’s sets the standard for reggae.
    So, who’s next, Eric? Yellowman, Mutabaruka, Scientist?

    Anyone who can sit still when reggae’s playing is dead, him just don’t know it yet.

  • Reggae Lover

    Eric, I thank you in the name of all reggae lovers and freedom loving people across the globe, for posting this magnificent interview with the super man.

    I want to ask everybody your opinion. Did Bob Marley become so successful because he was half-white?

    Jah bless you all
    Long live Bob and Peter

  • Tristan

    my pleasure mon~~!!!!

    now where did I put that blunt ~~~

    shit–my mind; I can’t remember ANYTHING !!! heh…..heh…………

  • Eric Olsen

    nice and important thoughts Tristan, thanks

  • Tristan

    Irie~ COOL RUNNING MON!

    Jamaica mon—
    Blue Mountain coffee
    and a big fat BLUNT……….
    HEAVEN!

    and Tosh’ comment: comparisons aRE the DEVIL ~~ amen!
    The Devil leads us into the great “right or wrong”—“better or worse” “more talent-less talent” BULLSHIT–this IS hell—
    ALL IS One—so none can be “better-worse–right-wrong”—

    We ALL are the same–black-white-yellow-brown—

    Here is a very happy ancient tale from an old Witch friend:

    For millions of years—in prehistoric earth–cells kept splitting and dying–splitting and dying—on and on and on and on~~~ over MILLIONS of years~~~

    SUDDENLY~~~~~~~~

    a cell split AND ……………

    the two halves LIVED ….!!!!!

    and then the same thing happened over and over and over and over —
    and then the two split again and those two split and it kept going this time and on and on and on and on and….
    down to TODAY….!!!!

    OK—point of ancient Witch Tale:
    here we are today—every single one of us—brown-red-black-pink-white–polka dot—

    when that 1st cell split—and the two remaining ones lived and split-etc., etc., –this eventually gave rise to every single one of US…..so we ALL have part of that very 1st cell that split in half and lived in each of us…….

    It is literally true that we are all ONE–it is NOT a figure of speech or a metaphor~~~~

    and whenever we argue-fight-hurt another—-we hurt ourselves also…..just as much……
    i know it’s hard to remember–and “none of us are saints”—but that’s not true either: we ARE all “saints” –we are all PERFECT children of Spirit and can do no wrong—there is “karma” and everything must be “balanced”—so if I DO steal–I will be stolen FROM….not punishment–just a physical/spiritual law of our existence…

    So being that we are sometimes “less than perfect” — i find it might be nice to do as many “good” things as I can think of as kind of a buffer / insurance policy to help soften those inescapeable karmic boomerangs ……

    And —-if you all have not heard any music by Johhny Klegg – from South Africa—–go FIND SOME ………….

    Cool Running Mon .

  • Cpt. Willard

    Here’s to Peter Tosh: herbalist and verbalist, the toughest. No peace til there is justice. Jah Rastafari.

  • Eric Olsen

    I think a certain amount of intimidation is part of his personality. I didn’t feel threatened in any way and it seemed real important to him to convey his ideas clearly to me — sometimes he would slow down and enunciate when he wanted to make sure I got something — but he did make a huge show of rolling a cigar-sized spliff and then filling the room with enough smoke to kill an elephant.

  • L. Cue

    great piece..
    Question..did Peter Tosh scare you at all?

    EgoTrip’s Big Book Of Racism has a funny bit about Tosh taking over one of Mick Jaggers mansions and threating to cut him with a butcher’s knife if he tried to come back home. Talk about a rudeboy!

    Had to ask!

  • Eric Olsen

    I very much enjoy contemplating the notion that the rasta version of God could win the Big Contest in the Sky

  • ralph

    God is for real and rasta will live for real.

    ralph kithika

  • Irie Mon! Peter Tosh is an always will be my HERO!an my HEART! I am glad to see someone that gives him the respect he desirves. Thank You! To everybody in Reggae Music Thank You too! Reggae is my life. JAH! RASTAFARI! Love you, Kaya Young.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks all, sitting in the room with him, it was clear he was well aware of the contradictory nature of his statements – he was smiling through much of it. He seemed to relish the role of provocateur.

  • jah man

    ay mah, jah nee to be coo wit ta gah mah. keep it righ with the gah mah. ya’ll be coo and smoke some sheet. pace oot mah. love in meeh.

    blackpeoplesuckfattynuts

  • nibbles

    Terrific interview. It’s intersting on the one hand he says, “The shitstem is white and black, Christian and Jew.”

    But then he goes on to say. “Comparisons are part of this political world. Where there is one, there is no conflict. ”

    So Tosh is creating conflict with his devisive and dehumanizing remarks.

    He goes on to say, “Where there is two or more, there is conflict.”

    It’s clear he’s part of the conflict, and was living as a false prophet.
    But I’m not trying to bash him, more I’m just expressing what seems like
    a skewed sense of Jah love. All I ask is for a little more guidance.

  • george mukumba

    This man was a philosopher in deed,simply naturally.I do not know where to get his music in Zimbabwe.He speaks(as though he still leaves)and responds to questions in a way that reflects a magnificent God-given genious!
    Your site is very informative.Keep up the excellent work!

  • Hi Eric,

    Just coming to see if u found this interview?? the end of summer is soon 🙂

    On 11th september hurricane Ivan hit Jamaica. St Peter strikes again even almost 20 years after his death, some they say, but it’s really a sad year for all the people living in the Caribean (3 hurrican in 2 months!!!). Hurricane Andrew (in 92) is a little one compared to Ivan. Hopin’ for the region that all will be finally going well 🙂

    All the best
    Semayat

  • Eric Olsen

    I knew Roger at the time – I met him when he was the reggae publicity guy for Island Records in LA in theearly-’80s. He played the uptempo version of “Buffalo Soldier” for me in his office before it came out – very cool.

  • Irie,

    Alright Eric!! 500 tapes!! U have to verify all one by one. It’ll take time to see if u still got this interview. U know i don’t want to bother u, just want to collect as much as possible 🙂
    And this interview is interesting!!

    i got one interview by Roger Steffens (the “my future in Africa” interview from the “I am that I am” accoustic album), and it seems that Peter had lost all trust in the business, he was disgusted by the way of his new album “Mama africa” was promoted, the fact that reggae music was not played on radio for the black community…
    And your interview shows his stand against the “shitstem”.

    ATB
    Semayat

  • waxwizzard

    Whut up up my people, Im an intern at universal, I got some of the new 20th century millennium collections cds that just came out from Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, and a bunch of others. My alltime favorite Marley song is Iron Lion Zion, I’ve even got a poster up with the lyrics. That J hes puffin on looks tempting too. What’s your favorite Marley or reggae song??? Hit me back man. Check out this site if you wanna know about the new cds too. One love.

  • Eric Olsen

    Semayat, I have been thinking about you and before the end of the summer I will bust out all 500 or so of my interview, etc., tapes and see if it’s there. This will be a major undertaking but it will be worthwhikle to see what I have. I appreciate the interest!

  • Irie!!

    Frances Fullwood!!
    I am looking for people who were living w/ Peter Tosh. For informations about his 81, 82-83 tour, dates, venues…
    If, by any chances, u read this message, PLEASE link me up.
    I’am a big Peter Tosh who try to make a big collection of his recordings (audio, videos, interviews…), his life and so on…

    Tks again Eric for letting us talkin’ ’bout this great interview. Btw, did u find this recording in your collection??
    I’am still here to collect it 🙂

    Best regards
    Semayat

  • Eric Olsen

    Frances, thanks so much for checking in and correcting my errors.

    It really doesn’t have much to do with memory, though, this is what I had written down at the time. Very sorry about getting the bass player wrong, especially since he is your husband! I have made the corrections you suggested. I remember the show itself very well, and it was spectacular.

    My deepest apologies for not giving credit where credit was due until now.

  • Frances Fullwood

    Interesting interview, Eric, but I must make a couple of corrections. It’s been a number of years ago, so maybe that’s why you’ve got a couple of things mixed up. I was at the Greek Theater that night in August of 1983, along with my husband who was playing bass for Peter Tosh, Fully Fullwood (not Gibby Morrison as you have stated above) The Mamma Africa tour began in August of 1982, with the first show at San Diego State University. Then it was the Hollywood Paladium, The Roxy, and onward. The show at the Greek Theater was a year later in August of 1983 and the tour was still going on. I have the tour book with all dates and venues. Perhaps you should take a look at the video, “Live at the Greek Theater” to refresh your memory. The sound was perfect that night and Peter Tosh and Word, Sound, and Power were great.

  • raskupid

    GREETINGS: to all in the name of the
    MOST HIGH
    First & foremost I&I would like to give thanks to H.I.M. for inspiring de I to
    share such an informal & riveting interview.Blessed love king!
    I&I would also like to take this chance
    to say I&I is de all and de all is I&I!
    Like Tosh said there is no 2 ,so in the
    fullness of that parable ,please overstand we are all one including every musician; Brothers Bob&Tosh were vessels used to share the message & the
    meditations of the MOST HIGH and to submit them to comparison would be to
    slaughter the representation of H.I.M.
    and the fullness thereof.
    As for the theory of revenge by those
    who murdered Tosh physicalness;”I&I have also heard that story. It was also said that a member of the I-trees was present
    on that terrible night so if the story of vengeance & wrath is something you are curious about…this would be a venue to interview or investigate.
    Anyway once again thank you for the
    upliftment by the powerful words of king Tosh and the views of all.

    PEACE, LOVE & UNITY TO ALL…
    IN THE NAME OF THE MOST HIGH
    “JAHRASTAFARI” …I-VER LIVING , I-VER FAITHFUL , I-VER SURE FOR
    I-VER & I-VER MORE

  • pete

    Hi,
    thanks for removing my post from this Blogcritics.org page. however when I type in my name into my search page on MSN, this page about Peter Tosh still comes up.
    Please take my name off of the search page entirely.
    It is at utmost importance that this happens as soon as possible.
    Thanks very much.

  • Eric Olsen

    This was his hotel in Hollywood and I was trying to interview him while all this chaos was swirling around me, we had a photographer there, his minions were milling, and there was enough in the air to stain the walls. It was quite an experience, mon.

    Re his death, I haven’t researched it very thoroughly, although maybe I will now – I found it very depressing and didn’t really want to dwell on it at the time. It really seemed like the end of an era to me (and it was).

  • Eric,

    I can’t believe you didn’t smoke some of his ganj, but then again, in Jamaica, it isnt considered cool to pass the spliff, they smoke em like we smoke ciggarettes – no sharing!

  • ben malament

    i never heard that story before. it was the government, no? Tosh had his Red X given to him on all the official documents. he was a threat. thugs were paid to take the blow and do an evil deed on the jamaican government’s part.

    do you see Tosh as militaristic?

    do you see his battle through his life and music taking on militant aspects?

    anyone read frantz fanon?
    he was fighting the colonial system as a “native”. the “settlers” played violent games and he was calling out to poor, rich, and all to fight back. no?

    anyone?

  • Kevin Byrne

    I ave heard an interesting story concerning Peter Tosh’s demise which I would like to share. Approximately 14 years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who had just returned from Jamaica. Not being one to be satisfied with the regular tourist traps, he had sought out what he referred to as the “real Jamaica” and heard this interesting story along the way.
    According to him, many years before his death, Peter Tosh had some sort of run in with the law. Sorry, I have no specifics concerning what for. The cops and authorities however were apparently coming down hard and looking to put PT away for a while. Because of this, an associate of PT’s, who was apparently much less fortunate, offered to take the fall for whatever it was. In exchange, all he asked was that PT take care of his family while he was away and treat them as his own. The story goes that the man went to prison and emerged 15 years later only to find that PT had not lived up to his end of the deal. In fact, when he emerged, he came to find that his wife and children had been treated as strangers by PT and ignored the entire time he sat in prison. After discovering this, the man was extremely upset and set out for revenge. This particular legend has it that it was this man and a band of thugs that broke into PT’s home and killed him for the purposes of revenge, not robbery. This is a more plausible story given the nature of the crime and the fact that nothing was stolen.
    Anyway, I am not saying this is how it went down, but I am interested to hear if anyone else has ever heard this version of events.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks for your kind words M, I didn’t take everything he said literally, mor like parables.

  • misticonatural

    Ooooh man that was a great interview so you are a great man too but some of peter words are just tales, i mean effects of too much ganja in the soul mind body and heart.but he was a grat man a mystic man now i am going to smoke a joint and try live my well as possible and i will take the great words of Peter´ in life i have to make the good better and the better best.one love.god bless us.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks for the kind words guys, I am very happy the interview has been meaningful to you.

    It’s been a very long time since I read Catch a Fire so I don’t remember what White said. I think Bob’s most hardcore fans don’t fully appreciate Peter and vice versa: what amazing talent in the original Wailers!!

  • steppin’razor

    My best compliments Eric for this nice interview with the IntelDiplo4HIM !
    What about the Peter’s desire not to “follow the path of destruction”?
    What do you think about how Peter was described in “Catch a fire.The life of Bob Marley” by Timothy White?
    Wadadda
    IGZIABEHER

  • Hero Scott

    What can I say about the man? If you use a knife to cut open my stomach, guess who jump out? The Great Peter Tosh. Whenever I think about Peter tears run from my eyes. Peter is a very intelligent man. This interview was very nice and Peter is always very witty when answering questions unlike some of those boring musicians. It always take me a long time to finish read Peter’s interviews. I need to read it over and over again and enjoy it to the max. Eric, this was master piece.

    We will continue to spread your music Peter “Witty” Tosh

  • Hero Scott

    What can I say about the man? If you use a knife to cut open my stomach, guess who jump out? The Great Peter Tosh. Whenever I think about Peter tears run from my eyes. Peter is a very intelligent man.

  • stan

    I can never get enough of peter. thnks for this one mate. peter will live forever.

    i recommend the red x files for any peter fan. the man is a hero. a true revolutionary (more than bob)

  • ameo

    I BOUGHT THE CAPTURED LIVE DOUBLE CD A FEW YEARS AGO AT A CD TRADER STORE. HAVE BEEN A FAN FOR MANY YEARS. I PLAY THAT CD 3 OR 4 TIMES A WEEK.IT HAS BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR ME THRU THIS TIME OF CRISIS. I CRANK IT UP AND IT GIVES ME SUCH A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HIGH.
    ONLY IF…..

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Jack, another nudge to go through all my old tapes and see if I still have the actual audio interview. I am deeply pleased this interview has been of interest to so many people.

  • Jack E. Perkins

    Eric,

    I’ve read a ton of Peter Tosh interviews, and I’ve heard some on cd/tape/video. Your interview showed a different side to Peter Tosh. His wit, conviction, intelligence, and faith were beyond reproach and always obvious. I’ll be printing yours out and revisiting it frequently.

    Jack E. Perkins (Milwaukee, WI)

  • joseph matiza

    I and I respect Tosh more than what the shitstem do to Bob .I am not taking anything away from Bob but the world has been equally unfair to Tosh .They haven’t given Tosh the credit he deserves. It’s written that Tosh was the teacher and Bob was the taught.

  • Eric Olsen

    I saw Tosh open for the Stones on tht tour as well and was super impressed – that was probably my first live reggae, and of course most of the crowd didn’t know what the hell was going on, but it did open a lot of eyes and helped spread the word.

    I can’t imagine we will see such a Golden Age of reggae again: the late-’60s until the death of Tosh.

  • Irie

    Ok, Eric keep searching this interview. Maybe we won’t be disapointed!! We have to spread his word, sound and power!!

    You’re right Gregg, Peter was (and is) the toughest, the greatest. His music has to be spreaded over this wild world to bring back equality, love and free herb fe every one!!
    But like you said Roger Steffens got a huge collection (like Lee Jafee, and all his friends), but due to Babylon-ism thought all the materials will never circulate as it should be. I am trying to get videos, audios, interviews and studios works, but you can’t imagine how hard it is!! Check my website for further info.

    Semayat

  • Peter Tosh was the greatest of the greatest.The toughest of the toughest.
    Killed by the babylon shitstem. A poor man of low intelligence named Leppo was the ‘Patsy’, just like Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, Sirhan Sirhan…..but the word, sound, and power can never be erased. Roger Stephans has a vast collection on Peter and his music, – check his shows on Tosh, and Marley. “The Babylon ‘shitstem’
    is the vampire…” Reggae music and its ‘message’ has spread to all four corners of the globe and one day will surely topple the ‘new world order’! The ‘Bush Jr.’ won’t stand a chance against The Bush Doctor! It is ‘the slow train’, yet there is no doubt that ‘this train is bound for glory’ for (as Aesop in his fable pointed out) slow and steady wins the race, and I hold no doubt that rock steady will win in dis here rat race. Jah Bless.

  • Eric Olsen

    No, it’s buried deep in the vaults if it exists at all, but thanks for the reminder. I really need to sort through all of that kind of stuff to see what I have anyway.

  • Irie Eric

    Did u find the tape of your interview?
    It would be great to reach this one…

    This conversation seems no dramatically at all. I got one from a Canadian tv in august 83 where he talked about dead. His words were ” I man will never die, no one can kill I”
    When you see that after his elimination it’s pretty dramatical and so sad 🙁

  • What are you guys talking about..? This conversation seems to have strayed dramatically!

  • Eric Olsen

    I am very glad I found this interview again – I believe I have a longer version somewhere and the possibility exists I taped it, though I honestly can’t remember – more to come! Thanks for the interest, all.

  • Farrakhan Asante-Yeboah

    Just can’t stop reading about Tosh and all rootsmen. What we have here is a complete new book of Psalms. These are the teachings the devils will not teach i n i in the history class.
    JUMP HIGHER BRO.

  • Asha

    Yeah. I am living in germany but my roots are from egypt. His music can be heard here in germany and there in egypt. Even almost 17 years after his death his music and his spirit is still around. To quote Peter Tosh:”If reggae is not accepted universally in the four corners of the earth than what`s the use of the music”

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Asha, Toshs’s level of commitment ws greater than most, I agree.

  • Asha

    Peter was a true revolutionary. He was telling no lie and telling the truth right in your face. He was more than a musician. It’s a pitty that there are not many musicians like him. If you notice many musicians are sweet and kind and nice as pie but does their music touch your soul – not mine. I would say that many musicians are not musicians but they are sellers only trying to sell their records without no love in their music. Peter did not. And I appriciate this like i appriciate your work and the wonderful interview.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks for your kind words Semayat, and I’m sure Peter would appreciate them too.

  • What a wonderful interview.
    Thanks for spreading Peter “the toughest” Tosh’s message. He was the one, he was the best, he’s still the king of reggae music. May his soul rest in peace mon!!

  • Hey guy! Just respect to you for what you are doing! And for you know exactly the idea what u r talking about!

  • Farrakhan Asante-Yeboah

    Words are not enough to express my gratitude for the wonderful work you are doing in the name of RASTAFARI. Like all true Rastafarians, I say HARAMBEE: Let us all pull together in one love, peace and harmony: TOGETHER WE STAND RASTA!!!!

  • Eric Olsen

    Farrakhan, Thanks so much for your kind words – I am deeply gratified the interview was of interest and you found it informative! I will work on putting a bio together.

  • Farrakhan Asante – Yeboah

    I have read with great admiration and contentment the story of the legendary Peter Tosh. I must say frankly that I have gained a lot from this information. As you rightly said, the world knows a lot about Marley but next to nothing about Tosh. Well done for your wonderful work. Since my appetite for information has been wetted, I want more information on the personal life style of this great man: news on his wife, children, acquaintences, etc. JAH GUIDE!!

  • Eric Olsen

    “What do you guys want?”

  • duane

    Gee, I wonder if it’s a side effect of all the … oh, nevermind, mon.

  • Eric Olsen

    I find it interesting that the exhortations left on this post are all of a positive naure. Yah mon!

  • guillermo

    soo peter was rhe greatest man in the world thats are people whit conviction freedom roots and culture , now peter are in zion whit bob and selassie “every one wants to goes to eanen but no one wants to die ,this followers of jesus ” equal rights and justice Jah rastafari

  • Eric Olsen

    Danny, I’m certain Peter would be comforted by your thoughts.

  • danny

    Tosh is not dead becoz rasta dont die,
    And if rasta die he dont rot,
    And if rasta rot he dont stink,
    And if rasta stink…..
    he stink of GANJA.

    Bless I!

  • Eric Olsen

    they thank you too, Jimmie

  • jimmie

    Tosh, bob and all the good musicians, giving us good reggae music I thank u all in the name of JAH. Keep the fire burning.

    rasjih from South Africa.
    One love!

  • Eric Olsen

    I second that emotion, and am very glad this story has found it’s way out to my rasta pals.

  • Indeed, may Jah bless all the righteous people and help the others.

  • AHMED JOUDA

    GOD BLESS THIM , BOB MARLEY, PETER TOSH, ALL THE RASTA’S may jah bless them, peace out.

  • Eric Olsen

    Cool

  • William

    I know you’re not trying to boss me, you’re just giving me an advice, and telling your opinion about the use of herb. And I am totally open to any advice, but the question is, if i use the advice wisely, And yes, I’ll use it wisely. Thanks again,

    William

  • Eric Olsen

    Okay William,your English is much better than any second language i have, which is really none. I’m glad you are at least somewhat open to my advice, which is just out of concern, not trying to boss you around. I’m very glad you are doing well in school. I sound like Mr. T!

  • andy

    I can honestly say I never smoked the wacky tobaccy. William your english is better than most of ours!

  • William

    Thank you very much, but i am not losing any vision of life, i am just young, everybody who was young, smoked ganja. I know my goals, and I am following the good path to it. I have succes on school all the time, I smoke herb, but herb doesnt influence my school-prestations. Let’s say I’ll keep an eye on my smoking behavior.

    Regards, william (sorry for my bad english)

  • Eric Olsen

    William, I admire your taste and sense of history, and legends they are, but too much ganja isn’t good for anyone. As a parent of two teenagers, I would encourage you to make sure you don’t lose sight of your goals. Please give yourself the tools you need to succeed and complete your education. Best of luck.

  • William

    You are luckier than I. Because these terific man already died when I was born. I am 15, but a HUGE fan of these, big, big, big legends. Im smoking ganja every day, not because its legal here (holland) but because of this people, who acctually are (said by many people) “oldies”. No, they aren’t oldies. These people have made timeless music. I am youth, youth don’t listen to oldies. Only to legends…

  • Discredit? Nah. Misfortune, yes.

  • Eric Olsen

    Sounds like the same tour as this, Nat. It was an amazing show, very powerful, great band, sold out Greek Theater in L.A. I’m very sad he is gone. I never saw Marley live either, to my perpetual discredit.

  • Grand interview! One of my biggest regrets was that I never got to see Marley live. I do have a genetic connection, in a way, though: My late father did see Marley perform in the late ’70s. I did get to see Tosh, though, in 1983. It was righteous, absolutely righteous. And dangerous, dangerous.

    Thanks for posting this.

  • Eric Olsen

    No argument from me J – though Jamaican, he saw himself as African – he wasn’t kidding about “Mama Africa.” And I won’t ever forget the experience, that’s for sure. Thanks!

  • andy

    I will now go home and listen to that Peter Tosh album I have floating around somewhere. I had never listened to it. Damn fool I am!

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Rodney, it was a very strange and indelible experience, as you can imagine. And then he was dead just four years later.

  • What an excellent interview, Eric — and what a terrific experience that must have been. The only rock star I ever shared a joint with is Jim Dandy Mangrum, so I guess I’m jealous. Thanks.