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The Capitol Session '73
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The Capitol Session '73

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Joe Higgs lead the Wailers in a seminal performance filmed with four cameras at the Capitol Records Tower on October 24, 1973. Meticulously restored and long believed lost, the previously unseen live session documents the reggae legends at a crucial moment in their career. 

Catching Fire

With reggae on the cusp of breaking internationally, three of its founding fathers — Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Joe Higgs — tour as part of the Wailers in late 1973 before various circumstances alter the group’s trajectory. As one pivotal chapter ends, another begins. Each iconic singer plays a critical role in establishing the music’s popularity, developing its activist motifs and bringing its survivalist messages to the masses.

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A Wailer at the Tipping Point of Fame

In the fall of 1973, Bob Marley was on the cusp of another existence. It is a transitional moment in his career that is perfectly captured in the long-missing-in-action concert film, “The Capitol Session '73.”

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Reggae’s Slow Burn in America

In 1963, a fledgling troupe of teenage vocalists from the dirt roads and zinc shanties of Trench Town walked into a studio in Kingston, Jamaica in sharp suits with sharp harmonies to try their luck at stardom. One year earlier, Jamaica had gained its independence from the British monarchy, and though socioeconomic conditions on the island were dire, optimism still ran high. 

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Chris Salewicz: The Coda Collection Interview

The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, had been scoring hits in Jamaica for a decade before they began performing in the U.K. and U.S. Veteran journalist Chris Salewicz describes what those early performances were like.

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The Wailers’ Historic Swan Song

If there were a hall of fame for pivotal 20th century moments in music, the recently unearthed documentary “The Capitol Session ‘73” should be inducted. The film captures Bob Marley at a career crossroads, a period when he was transitioning into an international star from his decade-long first-among-equals era in the Wailers. In addition, it provides a rare glimpse of three founding fathers of reggae — Marley, Peter Tosh and Joe Higgs (filling in for a fourth Jamaican giant, Bunny Wailer) — sharing the stage for one of the last times as the art form they helped create was starting to break through worldwide. The original Wailers were on the verge of breaking up, but reggae's next, biggest chapter was just beginning.

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