Sunday, January 6, 2008

"Massive vinyl record / CD collection stolen from Jamaican Archives"

JAMAICA (AP) - A massive collection of 1970s music including original recordings by reggae greats Bob Marley and Peter Tosh has disappeared from the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corp., authorities said Saturday.

The possible theft of thousands of vinyl records and compact discs is a blow to the island's history, said Olivia Grange, Jamaica's information minister.

Musicians and former JBC employees criticized the government for not properly maintaining the archives.

"The latest development is a national disgrace," said Gladstone Wilson, former program manager for JBC radio.

Workers at the newly formed Public Broadcasting Corp. of Jamaica noticed the disappearances earlier this week while touring the old JBC building. They had planned to use the archived material for their first programs, Grange said.

The archives also contain such iconic videos as the 1977 visit of Fidel Castro and the 1978 "One Love Peace Concert," in which Marley famously called two bitter Jamaican political rivals onstage to join hands.

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