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2004 BEAT Interview

Featuring Colleen's Bob Marley Poster

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It was 1978, I was 23 years old and that was the year I was given the opportunity of a lifetime - to design the promotional poster for the Bob Marley Berkeley Concert at the Greek Theater on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. I had just graduated from Stanford with a degree in art/photography the year before and had

 

moved to Berkeley where I felt much more comfortable. My dreadlocks/bohemian, vegetarian/artist lifestyle had turned off many of my conservative peers at Stanford.

Fortunately, though, there were a few hip people on campus because that’s where I was first introduced to the music of Bob Marley in the mid seventies. It was my psychology professor and his artist wife who had befriended me and turned me on to Marley’s music. I, like many others, was an instant fan upon hearing Rastaman Vibrations. Little did I know I would get to do the poster and meet Bob Marley a few years later, nor, that he would die a few years after that.

How I got the opportunity to do the poster was an act of fate. I had been working at Oakland's only Black newspaper, the California Voice, as the staff photographer. The highlight of my short career there had come earlier that year when I, on assignment, photographed Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 in the mayor's office where it was being proclaimed "Jackson 5 Day" preceding their concert at the Oakland Stadium.

It was there at the newspaper that I met a woman who was a student at UC Berkeley (She was insturmental in my getting to design the Bob Marley poster...)
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Colleen Cannon - Bob Marley Poster Artist



VIDEO INTERVIEW PART 1

Colleen shares her incredible story of how she was chosen to create the now famous 1978 Berkeley Concert Poster, met Bob Marley backstage, and now has a place in Reggae History.

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