February 6th, 2015 marks what would have been Bob Marley 's 70th birthday. And to commemorate the milestone for RBMA Radio I spoke with someone highly qualified to discuss Marley's legacy, writer/"punk professor"/musician/DIY scholar/Eric B. & Rakim music video director Vivien Goldman - author of Bob Marley, Soul Rebel - Natural Mystic (1981) and The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Album of the Century (2006). Some background: in the mid-'70s after a tenure doing publicity for Bob Marley & the Wailers at Island Records in the UK, Vivien turned full-time to music journalism, interviewing the reggae superstar on several different occasions over the years. Her access to Marley and his inner circle widened after an unsuccessful assassination attempt by gunmen from one of Jamaica's warring political factions forced Bob's exile to London. This made for some pretty remarkable experiences for Vivien - not the least of which was being present during most of the recording sessions for the Exodus album. Sidenote: she was also the person who introduced both Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry to the sounds of London's then-burgeoning punk rock scene by playing them a test pressing of The Clash's version of Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" while on assignment for UK music mag Sounds . Check out the interview (or read her Exodus book - which you should also do just on G.P.) to learn out how they reacted as well as other anecdotes and insights. Praise Jah and Bob.