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Founder, Roger Steffens' Reggae Archives, which includes over 300,000 titles on tape, record and CD, and the world's most extensive collection of Marley/reggae memorabilia, plus tens of thousands of other reggae- and Rasta-related items.

Curator "The World of Reggae featuring Bob Marley: Treasures from Roger Steffens' Reggae Archives," an exhibition of 6,000 items at the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA from January through September 2001. Author of its catalog (Global Treasures 2001)

Founding Editor The [Reggae and African] Beat magazine; editor of its annual Bob Marley Collectors Edition 1982 ­ present; columnist, photographer and critic.

Co-author Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography (Rounder Books, 2005)
Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer, with Bruce Talamon (Norton 1994; new edition 2003)
Co-author One Love: Life with Bob Marley and the Wailers with Lee Jaffe(Norton 2003)

Producer/booklet writer Peter Tosh Live at the One Love Peace Concert
Peter Tosh I Am That I Am
Peter Tosh Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (all JAD/Intel Diplo)
Asst. Producer/ Co-compiler & booklet writer Honorary Citizen, the Peter Tosh box set (Columbia/Legacy)
Co-compiler/booklet writer The Complete Bob Marley and the Wailers 1967 ­ 1972 (JAD) a fifteen disc series
Creative Director/Writer/Narrator Soul Almighty:Bob Marley, the Formative Years
CD/CD-ROM, 56 weeks on Billboard's reggae chart
Chairman, Reggae Grammy Committee, NARAS 1985­ present
Co-Host Reggae Beat, with Hank Holmes, KCRW, L.A. Called by the L.A. Weekly "the most popular non-commercial radio program in Los Angeles." Top station fund-raiser ($44,000 in eight hours). 1979-1987.
Co-Host Reggae Beat International, broadcast on 130 stations worldwide 1983-1987
Co-Host Morning Goes Makossa, KCRW, L.A. 1980-1984

Host Sound of the Sixties, KCRW, L. A. 1985-1987
Host Offbeat: the Roger Steffens Show, KCRW, L.A. 1987-1989
Co-Host Planet Reggae, Groove Radio L.A. and syndicated internationally 1993-1997
Host L.A. Reggae, TV series 1981-present

Reggae Encyclopedist New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (UK, 2001); All Music Guide, Miller Freeman, 1992; RAS Records catalog 1997; Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (2005)
Reggae Discographer Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock, 1992

Most Popular Reggae DJ in the World Award from Martin's International, 1986; first American winner; nominated also in 1984 and 1985. International Commendation Award for service to reggae music, 1991
One of the "Forty Who Matter in L.A. Arts," chosen by the Los Angeles Reader
National Commentator on reggae and African music for NPR's Future Forward series 1984-1985, acquired for the permanent collection of Museum of Radio and TV, NYC
Writer Bob Marley Trading Cards, Island Vibes/Bob Marley Music Inc. 1996

Reggae & World Beat Columnist SPIN 1985-1987, and BAM Magazine 1983-1984
Associate Editor/writer Reggae International, Knopf 1984
Researcher Bob Marley: The Biography by Stephen Davis, Doubleday 1985
Researcher Catch A Fire by Timothy White, Holt Rhinehart 1984
Consultant/Interviewee/Content provider for VH1's Behind the Music series episodes:
"Bob Marley, "Peter Tosh," "1970," and "Alan Freed";
VH1 Confidential "Tosh and Marley"; Ultimate Albums "Legend"; Fortune Files:
and for Rebel Music and James Brown on PBS's American Masters series
Contributing Writer of "Bob Marley: Rasta Warrior" in Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader Temple Univ. Press 1998
Dictionnaire des chansons de Bob Marley, Editions de Tournon, Paris, 2005
"Reggae in the Seventies" in Rolling Stone's The Seventies
"A Magio do Reggae,
Martin Claret Pub., Sao Paulo, 1997
"Nine Meditations on Jimi and Nam" in The Ultimate Hendrix, Macmillan, NYC
Contributing Photographer Couleur Reggae, Editions Tana, Paris, 2001
Jamaica, Lonely Planet Guide Book, 2000

Reggae Lifetime Achievement Award D.C. Reggae Music Awards, 2006

Narrator Oscar-winning documentary The Flight of the Gossamer Condor1979
Guest Emcee Sunsplash Festivals, Montego Bay 1983-1986
Emcee of nearly every major reggae and African music concert in Los Angeles 1980-1987 and sporadically through the present at the Greek Theater, House of Blues, Hollywood Palace, Roxy, Whiskey A Go Go, Palladium, Santa Monica Civic, Long Beach Arena annual Bob Marley days, Universal Amphitheater, Billboard Live, El Rey, Getty Center, Santa Monica pier, numerous festivals, etc.

Lecturer on The Life of Bob Marley at hundreds of venues including the Smithsonian Institution, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (its first and most frequent speaker), Experience Music Project, American Film Institute, Red Rocks-Denver, University of the West Indies and University of Technology (Kingston, Jamaica), Schomburg Center for Black Research of the New York Public Library; Missouri History Museum, and Universities of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Utah, California, Hawaii, Martinique; at the Ritz, Irving Plaza and S.O.B.'s in NYC; the Milky Way, Amsterdam; in Paris, Caen, Rouen, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa Blues Fest, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Tokyo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Newcastle (UK) Opera House and the Padmore Society in London. Plus a 12-show, seven city tour of Australia in 2004, including Art Centres in Brisbane, Darwin and Melbourne, and three performances in Sydney. A ten date tour of Israel is scheduled for January of 2006, and other dates in South Africa will follow.

Writing and/or Photography:
NY Times, LA Times, High Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Village Voice, Option, BRE, Relix, Wax Poetics, Jamaica Observer, Jamaica Daily Gleaner, Player (Japan), RM (Japan), Best , Nova, Natty Dread and Reggae Massive (France), Moda (Italy), Il Talehti (Finland), Diana Photo Review (Sweden), Caribbean Week, LA Style, Montreal Gazette, Chicago Tribune, SF Chronicle, LA Weekly, LA Reader, Inked (Black Tattooing), Tattoo, Reggae Festival Guide, and on the official websites of Keith Richards and PBS.


Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, King Sunny Ade, Ray Charles, Robert Moog, Little Richard, Mick Fleetwood, Nina Simone, Matt Groening, John Ritter, Richie Havens, Dion, Ginger Baker, John Densmore, David Byrne, Joe Cocker, Timothy Leary, Olatunji, Jonathan Frakes, Rick Berman, Jerry Goldsmith, Luciano, Toots Hibbert, Lee Perry and hundreds more reggae & pop artists

Liner Notes Bob Marley & the Wailers (entire catalog 1963-1972), Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh (entire catalog), Andrew Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Herbie Hancock, Monty Alexander, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Sly & Robbie, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, Mad Professor, Israel Vibration, Sunsplash '92, Barrington Levy, Techniques, Jacob Miller, Pablo Moses, Alton Ellis, Mighty Diamonds, Dean Fraser, Skatalites, Delroy Wilson, Joe Higgs, Ken Boothe, Heptones, Original Wailers Reunion, Tapper Zukie, Mandators, Fully Fullwood, Tony Chin, Reggae Salutes the Grateful Dead Vol. II, Vusi Mahlasela, Reggae in Hifi, Scientist, Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan, and dozens more

Recordings Miriam Makeba:The Sangoma Interview with Roger Steffens Warner Bros.
World Music Sampler writer/narrator, Warner/Reprise/Sire
David Byrne: Rei Momo:Words and Music, interviewer, Sire


National Promotions Director, Island Records, 1982-1983, in charge of all reggae and African music promotions including Bob Marley Confrontation, King Sunny Ade Juju Music and Synchro System, Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse, Black Uhuru, Michael Smith

National Reggae Promotions, Elektra Records, 1982; Steel Pulse True Democracy and Sunsplash '81: Tribute to Bob Marley

National Reggae Promotions, EMI-America, 1985-1986, first two Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers albums

National Reggae Promotions, Slash Records, 1986, Burning Spear People of the World



"Roger, thank you for turning me on to so much good music, particularly
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
" - Paul Simon

"Roger Steffens is ahead of ahead." Little Richard