Joe Jurgensen‘s Prospect basement looks like the reggae section of a record store.
Walls are lined in framed prints and albums by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Shelves are lined with plastic crates filled with records and CDs. But keep looking and there’s more.
Over the years, Jurgensen has amassed tens of thousands of items promoting Bob Marley, including a salt shaker in the shape of Marley’s head, hundreds of books, vinyl records, eight tracks and even a couple of skateboards bearing his likeness and shoe horns etched with his name.
s a kid growing up in Chicago in the ’80s, Jurgensen, 35, listened to a lot of rap music. But one year he got a Ziggy Marley cassette tape for Easter, which introduced him to the world of reggae.
He learned of Bob Marley from his son’s music, and he became a serious collector after reading an article about another collector in People magazine.
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