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Artist Eglon Daley gets his book autographed by photographer David Burnett. (Roxanne Roberts.)

One in a series of occasional dispatches from parties you should have crashed.

Occasion: Friday's opening of the Bob Marley exhibition by Time magazine photographer David Burnett and the launch of Burnett's first book, "Soul Rebel."

Which also happened to be: Marley's 64th birthday, Burnett's daughter's 23rd (she persuaded him to assemble his photos for the book) and Ronald Reagan's 98th. Small world, huh? Aquarians, since you asked.

Site: Govinda Gallery in Georgetown, followed by dancing to live reggae music across the street at Halcyon House.

Quoted: "I remember thinking, 'This guy has been graced by wisdom,'." said Burnett, who shot his iconic portraits in 1976 and 1977, when Marley was at the height of his fame. "It seems like about two weeks ago."

Guests: Photojournalists, artists, Rastafarians and Jamaican Ambassador Anthony Johnson, who got the entire crowd to sing Marley's "One Love."

Dress code: Reggae funk.

Bar: Open! Beer, wine.

Food: Half-eaten bag of chips, no birthday cake.

Nostalgia hit: Looked like 1976. Smelled like 1976, according to anonymous sources. At the very least, a very mellow vibe.

By The Reliable Source  |  February 9, 2009; 7:40 AM ET
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