Lee Scratch Perry
The Boileroom, Guildford.
With support from ModernisM collective DJ Vince Synan.
This event is for 18 and over - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as ModernisM collective DJ Vince Synan
one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From
his early days in the 1960’s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One
in Kingston, through his production of the seminal Wailers’ classics African
Herbsman and Soul Revolution, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s
original treasures. His on the edge creative genius remains evident in his own solo
albums of the 1970’s through his steady stream of mind-boggling releases of the
One of reggae’s undisputed pioneers, Lee “the Upsetter” Perry has worked with
almost everyone from the Heptones to the Skatalites to the Clash. Certainly one of his
most notable contributions was the pairing of Bob Marley, to Peter Tosh, and Bunny
Wailer with the Barnet Brothers (Carley and “Familyman” who had been the heart of
the Perry’s group, the Upsetters) and thus the forming of the Bob Marley and the
After his own studio, “Black Ark,” burned to the ground in the late 1970’s, Perry laid
low for a while, only to resurface with a vengeance in England in the mid-1980’s. He
went back into the studio with a variety of partners, from Adrian Sherwood to
Terence Trent D’Arby. During this time, Perry took up residence in the Swiss Alps
(“The mountains give me the fresh Swiss air to replenish my structure so I can soon
join the immortal race”). Proof positive that talent on this scale will win out no matter
what, since the “madman” has come down from the mountain, the World Music
market has been gifted with more Lee Perry Product.
Perry’s stream of consciousness rants have been called the babblings of the lunatic by
some to the offerings of a prophet by others. Either way, his unique dubbing style is
infectious. Often, the words are broken down into their purest elements, sound and
feeling. Perry’s groundbreaking use of sound effects, echo reverb, and rewind adds a
new dimension to the folk tradition of Reggae and has influenced countless other
In his plethora of newer material, “Scratch” expounds on his favourite themes of
extraterrestrials, judgment, justice, corruption, carnality, and self proclamation, all
over some killer riddims.
Always one to follow the beat of his own drummers, the eccentric genius Perry
continues to break new ground with the hardest rebel Rasta tunes and the most
unpredictable instrumental dubs. Lee Perry has most recently been touring Europe,
riveting both old and new fans with a full measure of his blessings.
The “Upsetter” charges forward making music that recalls African roots, at the same
time, it reaches for the vastness of the outer space.
Lee is perhaps the only 80 + year old that can dance on one leg for 1 hour straight!
Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as
ModernisM collective DJ Vince Synan