Peter Tosh

Stepping Razor Red X [Video/DVD]

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Originally issued as a home video in 1994, the Peter Tosh biography Stepping Razor Red X was finally reissued on DVD in 2002. Tosh narrates the majority of the hour-and-a-half-long documentary himself, utilizing cassettes that the famed reggae artist recorded between 1983 and 1987, in hopes of one day issuing an autobiography called Red X (its title came from the fact that whenever Tosh saw his name on an official document, a red X was next to it). The tapes were discovered in 1990 and serve as an honest glimpse into the mind of Tosh. All aspects of his life are studied, from his poverty-stricken upbringing in Jamaica, through his co-founding of the Wailers along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, his solo career, and eventually, the incidents leading up to his violent and tragic death in 1987. In addition to Tosh's narration, Stepping Razor Red X contains plenty of live footage, as well as interviews with acquaintances, including his mother and father, plus a few friends who were with Tosh the night he was shot and murdered. Due to the story coming straight from the source in many instances, few documentaries are as real and unfabricated as Stepping Razor Red X.