Lee “Scratch” Perry is a seminal Jamaican reggae producer noted for his innovative studio techniques and production values. Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. Perry has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, The Congos and Max Romeo. He is a long time member of the Rastafari movement. It’s safe to say he’s just a bit of a legend! He’ll be life at The Brook on the 27th of March. Also performing on the night will be DJ Rocksteddy and the Headsessions Resident DJs.
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Lee “Scratch” Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He employs numerous pseudonyms, such as “Pipecock Jaxxon” and “The Upsetter”.
Arguably the first creatively driven, “artist-producer” in modern recorded music, Lee “Scratch” Perry occupies the highest level of music making – standing comfortably next to pioneers like George Martin, Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson.
Perry now lives in Switzerland with his wife Mireille and two children. Although he celebrated his 70th birthday in 2006, he continues recording and performing to enthusiastic audiences in Europe and North America. His modern music is a far cry from his reggae days in Jamaica; many now see Perry as more of a performance artist in several respects.
Currently there are two feature length movies made about his life and work: Volker Schaner’s “Vision Of Paradise” and “The Upsetter” by filmmakers Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough.