Milestones, Video — May 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

Milestones: Bob Marley died 30 years ago; hear Joe Strummer sing ‘Redemption Song’

Thirty years ago today, Bob Marley succumbed to the cancer that was ravaging his lungs and brain, dying in a Miami hospital room at the shockingly young age of 36. It’s impossible to gauge the breadth of the icon’s influence across all genres of music, limited in no means to just the reggae world.

To mark this bittersweet day, we turn to another figure whose legacy looms large in death: Joe Strummer, whose recording of Marley’s “Redemption Song” — which you can hear via the official video — appeared on The Clash frontman’s posthumous final album. It’s a touching tribute from one musical revolutionary to another, both gone too soon.

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