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Lee Jaffe, b.1950

Boxing Ring (The Harder They Come)

Of his first meeting with Bob Marley, Jaffe wrote ‘I had just seen The Harder They Come [Jimmy Cliff’s reggae film] in England the week before. It was like the movie had just walked off the screen. And I was now face to face with the voice of a group whose music was the most revolutionary I had ever heard, who was both black and white and transcended race, whose music was both spiritually and socially conscious. He had this look about him, a certain aura, a certain calmness, a certain stoicism amid all the rock and roll hubris. In it but not of it. But certainly not of this place’.

Credit LineIMMA Collection: donation, the artist,
Item NumberIMMA.1651
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Lee Jaffe, Boxing Ring (The Harder They Come), Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, donation, the artist

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About the Artist

Lee Jaffe b.1950

American artist, photographer, filmmaker, musician, and producer Lee Jaffe studied American history and literature, history of art and modern philosophy at Penn State University. He played music with various New York groups and made experimental films before moved to Jamaica in 1972 to manage Bob Marley and the Wailers. Jaff began painting in the 1980s. His practice is marked by his commitment to social change and the denunciation of racism. He has exhibited worldwide.

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