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Roger Steffens:

Roger Steffens Roger Steffens - if you're into reggae music, then you're probably familiar with this name, and even if you're not, you've still probably seen him, heard his voice, or read something by him. Steffens has either been involved in or is still doing nearly every possible media format around: radio, TV, movies, print, and even the internet too.

 First things first, Roger Steffens has arguably the largest collection of Wailers related material in the world. Steffens' Reggae Archives, located in Los Angeles, California, also contains over 250,000 titles, either on tape, CD, or record. Roger Steffens has been involved in reggae music since 1973, and has been sharing his wealth of information that he has gained over the years with the world ever since. Some of the ways that he has shared his info has been by being the founding editor of the BEAT magazine, which includes his very own column, and every year editing the annual "Bob Marley Collector's Edition". Steffens has also written enough liner notes for such companies as Island Records and RAS Records, to keep you reading for an eternity. He's also a recurring columnist for countless other magazines, such as "Spin", "Rolling Stone", among others.

 To say that Roger Steffens is an accomplished radio DJ is an understatement. He's currently the co-host of the internationally syndicated "Planet Reggae". he's been in radio for almost 20 years, sharing his massive music collection any chance he gets.

 You may have seen Steffens on television or in movies in the past 15 years or so. He's either personally appeared, or at least his voice has, in such TV shows as "Empty Nest", "Hooperman", "CHiPS", and even "The Brady Bunch Reunion" as an announcer, among many others. As far as films go, he or his voice have appeared in "Wag The Dog", "Ghosts of Mississippi", "Forrest Gump", and he was also the narrator of an Oscar winning documentary in 1978 entitled "The Flight of the Gossamer Condor", among countless other films.

 Steffens' interviews not only look like a who's-who of reggae musicians, but a who's-who of the entertainment world in general; ranging from musicians Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Little Richard, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Richie Havens, to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, John Ritter, and Timothy Leary.

 With Steffens' numerous interviews with Bunny Wailer, an autobiography is in the making, entitled "Old Fire Sticks: The Autobiography of Bunny Wailer", co-written by Steffens, and due out in the near future.

 The above is just a starter course in the history of Roger Steffens. If you happen to meet up with him at one of his traveling Bob Marley video tours, he's sure to be more than happy to talk more about his love of music, and especially reggae music.