Friday, 6 December 2013

RIP Junior Murvin

Another sad loss has been brought to my attention; Junior Murvin the celebrated reggae artist, has died on Monday in Jamaica aged 67 following difficulties with hypertension and diabetes.

Junior's biggest hit was of course Police and Thieves from 1976. Produced by the legendary Lee Scratch Perry, the song transcended the niche reggae market to become an anthem for the late 1970s with its allusions to taking up arms against the state. It came to the attention of The Clash's bassist Paul Simonen and the punk rock group covered it on their debut LP. The song is perhaps most associated with the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival, which ended in riots.

RIP Junior

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