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Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the 1960s and its popularity quickly spread around the world, in large part due to Bob Marley. In this talk, Bob Santelli traces the roots of this genre, its musical characteristics, its key themes and messages including socio-political criticism, and its resonance around the world.
This is the second talk in the series on “music from around the world” in collaboration with the Indian Music Experience Museum.
Bob Santelli is the Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. A noted blues and rock historian, Santelli is the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings from E Street and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook. He has contributed to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, among other news outlets.
Prior to his work at the GRAMMY Museum, in 1993, he was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, eventually moving to Cleveland to become the museum’s first director of education and vice president of public programs. In 2000, he became the chief executive officer of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the first interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK’s first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. Named executive of The GRAMMY Museum in 2006, he created “An Evening With…” series that featured in-depth interviews with artists such as Dave Matthews, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks and Clive Davis. Bob Santelli was the curator of Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music. It was the first major exhibit on Ravi Shankar in the US, and opened in 2015 .
A former music journalist who spent much time in Jamaica during reggae’s heyday, Santelli forged relationships with many of the music’s greats, including Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell, and Toots Hibbert. Santelli is also the curator of an exhibit on the Marley family that is currently on display at the Anguilla Music Academy in Anguilla.