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Lee "Scratch" Perry

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Lee "Scratch" Perry

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Lee "Scratch" Perry

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Lee "Scratch" Perry

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Biography

July 13

"I’m an artist, a musician, a magician, a writer, a singer; I’m everything. My name is Lee from the African jungle, originally from West Africa. I’m a man from somewhere else, but my origin is from Africa, straight to Jamaica through reincarnation; reborn in Jamaica..."

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's musical career began in the late 1950s as a record seller for Clement Coxsone Dodd's sound system. As his sometimes turbulent relationship with Dodd developed, he found himself performing a variety of important tasks at Dodd's Studio One hit factory, going on to record nearly 30 songs for the label. Disagreements between the pair due to personality and financial conflicts, a recurring theme throughout Perry's career, led him to leave the studio and seek new musical outlets. He soon found a new home at Joe Gibbs's Wirl records.

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Sub-Sonic Live

On Thursday 10th Oct 2013, Lee "Scratch" Perry will play at the David Rodigan MBE curated Sub-Sonic Live Gig.

An ambassador for British reggae, David Rodigan MBE has been famous throughout Britain’s reggae dance-halls for over 30 years. His extensive knowledge of Jamaica’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track, makes him the perfect choice to curate this very special Sub-Sonic Live, focusing on reggae and British reggae - two of the most significant subcultures of the last forty years.

Joining David on the billing is Lee "Scratch" Perry. A recording pioneer of the reggae world Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of the most important artist-producers to have stepped into a recording studio. Building an experimental studio in his back yard, in Jamaica, "Scratch" was the producer on early recordings for such notable musicians as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, and Max Romeo. Now in his seventies, Perry continues to contribute to the forefront of new music, with his recent work including a collaboration with electronic explorers, The Orb.

Also in the main room, we will have live dub music from Resonators, heralded by David Rodigan as "British Reggae at its best" and drawing praise from Mark Lamarr, Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles, and in the mini bar will be son of Don Letts; Jet Letts, delivering an educational set from the child of London music.

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