Before Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert (with his vocal group the Maytals) was Jamaica’s biggest star. Hibbert, who died earlier this month, was a key figure in the invention of reggae (he may well have named the genre), and lived a life full of triumphs, drama, and pain — including a prison stint just as his career was first peaking that he insisted was the result of a frame-up.
On the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Rolling Stone Editor Jason Fine — who recently published a definitive, months-in-the-making profile of Hibbert this year — joins host Brian Hiatt for an in-depth look at Hibbert’s life and music, including Fine’s own adventures with the star. The episode also features never-before-heard audio from Hibbert’s interviews with Fine in Jamaica and elsewhere.
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