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People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Revised Edition) Paperback – 28 Aug 2006
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Arguably the most influential force in Jamaican music, Lee Perry brought Bob Marley to international stardom and has since collaborated with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, The Clash and The Beastie Boys. The book delves behind the myth of Perry to give a fuller examination of his life and work through extensive interviews with family members, fellow artists, friends, lovers, enemies, as well as the man himself to present a complex portrait of a unique soul driven by unseen spiritual forces. This revised edition contains new information on Perry's recent years, including his Grammy Award and cessation of herb smoking. The text has been thoroughly revised, making the new edition a more factually accurate and greatly improved read.
About the Author
David Katz has written about the sounds and culture of Jamaica since 1984. His work has appeared in The Guardian, MOJO, Uncut and The Wire. He has annotated CDs for several record labels and contributed to The Rough Guide to Reggae. He is also a musician, broadcaster and photographer. Originally from San Francisco, he currently lives in London.
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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.
If you want to know about Lee Perry,this ain't it.
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