John Masouri is the UK's pre-eminent reggae journalist, having documented the music for over 25 years in Black Echoes and Echoes Magazine, and writing for numerous specialist publications around the world. His work has also appeared in Mojo, NME and The Guardian. A frequent contributor to radio and TV documentaries - including the BBC's Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story - he is the co-author of the Guinness Book of Reggae and the Birgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. He is the author of Wailing Blues: The Story of Bob Marley's Wailers.
Steppin' Razor: The Life of Peter Toshby John Masouri
Tosh was Jamaica’s most controversial reggae star. A fiery advocate of Rastafari and African nationalism as well as the legalisation of marijuana, his uncompromising political stance won him a reputation as Jamaica’s
The very first biography of Peter Tosh, rude boy, founder member of The Wailers and a compelling recording artist in his own right.
Tosh was Jamaica’s most controversial reggae star. A fiery advocate of Rastafari and African nationalism as well as the legalisation of marijuana, his uncompromising political stance won him a reputation as Jamaica’s Malcolm X.
Now revered second only to Bob Marley among reggae audiences worldwide, Tosh was awarded the Order of Merit, Jamaica’s third highest honour, as the nation celebrated 50 years of Independence.
Based on hundreds of interviews with those who knew Peter Tosh best, including Bunny Wailer and close associates, here are the stories behind hits like ‘Legalise It’, ‘Equal Rights’, ‘Get Up Stand Up’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’; Tosh’s infamous appearance at the 1978 One Love Peace Concert; and his now legendary adventures with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
One of reggae’s most extraordinary stories, the life of Peter Tosh came to an end when he was brutally murdered in 1987 amidst rumours involving the supernatural and Kingston’s criminal underworld. This is his story.
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