Foreword! (author series): Rebel Music: Bob Marley and Roots Reggae: a show & tell w/ photographer Kate Simon in conversation with writer Holly George Warren

Starr Cinema Tickets


Sunday, February 18 7:00p

In conjunction with the release of the new biopic BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE, opening Feb. 14 at the Orpheum, we present the latest installment of Foreword! at Starr Cinema.

Kate Simon is a New York-based photographer whose work has documented the artists, poets, and musicians in New York City starting in the 1970s through the present. Among her subjects are Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, and Iggy Pop. Simon’s photographs of the emerging punk rock scene included the cover for The Clash’s first album. Simon’s work as a photojournalist brought her to England, where she first saw reggae musician Bob Marley. From taking live shots of the Exodus tour in 1977 and the Kaya album cover, to recording candid and personal moments offstage, Simon had unique access to Bob Marley and the Wailers up until Marley’s death in 1981. During that time, she created a visual archive of extraordinary depth and quality, documenting the life of one of the most influential musical artists of all time. Simon’s photographs of Bob Marley and the reggae scene are published in her book Rebel Music (Genesis Publications, 2004) which has just been reissued.

Holly George-Warren is the author of 17 books, including Janis: Her Life and Music (2019), A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man (2014), Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry (2007), and Grateful Dead 365 (Abrams, 2008).  As Editorial Director of Rolling Stone Press from 1993-2001, she created and edited more than forty books. George-Warren received her first Grammy nomination (for Best Historical Recording) in 2001 for co-producing the box set, R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music. In addition, she has served as an archivist/curator for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and The GRAMMY Museum. George-Warren has also served as a producer or consulting producer on several documentary films, including the Sundance entry Muscle Shoals.