The world's greatest reggae collector, Roger Steffens wears many hats: actor, author, lecturer, photographer, narrator, reggae archivist and producer. Born in Brooklyn, Roger began a professional radio career in 1961 that was highlighted by a ten-year stint on NPR's Los Angeles outlet, KCRW, where he hosted five shows including the award-winning "Reggae Beat," which was eventually syndicated to over 130 stations worldwide during the 1980s.
He has been acting in films, television and theater since 1965, and is a narrator of reknown: he was the voice of the Oscar-winning documentary "The Flight of the Gossamer Condor" in 1978 and is prominently featured in movies like "Wag the Dog," "Forrest Gump," "Ghosts of Mississippi," "The American President," and "Liberty Heights." His voice can be heard at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
Roger's true passion, away from work, is reggae. His reggae archives fill six rooms and contain the world's largest collection of Bob Marley material. Thousands of his most important rarities are on display here at the Queen Mary installation, making it the world's finest and in-depth examination of the world of reggae music. Roger travels the globe collecting one-of-a-kind artifacts and gives lectures on Bob Marley at places like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is co-author with photographer Bruce Talamon of "Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer," published by W.W. Norton. He is founding editor of "The Beat" magazine, the premier reggae and world beat magazine, for which he edits an annual Bob Marley collector's edition. He is currently co-writing Bunny Wailer's autobiography and the definitive Wailers Discography.
An acknowledged expert, he pops up in VH1 interviews concerning reggae, early rock'n'roll and related music subjects. Roger feels that it's a dream come true to share his famous collection with the world in such a first rate professional exhibition. He gives great credit to Global Treasures and the Queen Mary.