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5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Perry History,Mystery and Prophesy: total enjoyment!
Lee Scratch Perry is without a doubt one of the true creative geniuses of 20th century popular culture. This book is a joy to read for everyone interested in the roots of Jamaican Music in general, and in the life-story of the most interesting, complex, totally original and wildly eccentric shaman/ musical wizard/ wordsmith to emerge from the heart of Jamaica. Wicked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Boring
As a reference book about Stratch's work this is great and would be 5/5,but as a read about the man its abit of a bore. Its downfall is you don't get to much in depth knowledge about the man. I wanted stories from the man's mouth and his friends and proffesional colleagues. Instead you get reference after reference of studio recordings and record releases. The books to...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Perry History,Mystery and Prophesy: total enjoyment!, 18 May 2000
Lee Scratch Perry is without a doubt one of the true creative geniuses of 20th century popular culture. This book is a joy to read for everyone interested in the roots of Jamaican Music in general, and in the life-story of the most interesting, complex, totally original and wildly eccentric shaman/ musical wizard/ wordsmith to emerge from the heart of Jamaica. Wicked and wild!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Life of a Major Figure in Music, 3 May 2010
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This review is from: People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Revised Edition) (Paperback)
David Katz has certainly done his homework. He has unearthed a wealth of detail about one of reggae's (and pop music's) most enduring and innovative figures. For the afficianado this book provides a fascinating and detailed look at every phase of Perry's career, almost to the present day, with detailed anecdotes about Perry's innovative working methods as well as his eccentric personality.

What makes the book especially interesting is that Perry has been involved to some degree in Jamaican music from the ska days and even a little before. He has worked with and for most of the major record producers including Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid and with many of Jamiaca's major artists, including of course the Wailers (for diehard purists the seminal Wailers' albums are Perry's - the Blackwell productions are regarded, perhaps unfairly, as diluted versions of them, plus a few rock influences). Perry didn't directly invent dub music, but he was one of a number of seminal figures in it and his work with Susan Cadogan and others was influential in the development of Lover's Rock by such UK musicians and producers as Dennis Bovell. In fact Perry's story is to an extent the story of Jamaican music itself in miniature, although his direct involvement in the mainstream has waned, and he now seems to spend little time in Jamaica. David Katz is to be congratulated on fine piece of research and while the general reader will want to skip some of the detail in this book Perry's fans will delight in the wealth of detail uncovered by Katz.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Boring, 30 Mar 2013
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D. Bibb "Crimson Ghost" (Birmingham,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Revised Edition) (Paperback)
As a reference book about Stratch's work this is great and would be 5/5,but as a read about the man its abit of a bore. Its downfall is you don't get to much in depth knowledge about the man. I wanted stories from the man's mouth and his friends and proffesional colleagues. Instead you get reference after reference of studio recordings and record releases. The books to cold to read and doesn't grab you. The author also wrote one about Jimmy Cliff,which I found a hard read. After one chapter I usually can tell if I am going to like a book.
If you want to know about Lee Perry,this ain't it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good present for fan, 29 Jan 2013
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