Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
The iconoclastic riddim maverick and mighty upsetter Lee ’Scratch’ Perry in conversation. Baffling smoke signals inna Kingston stylee.
Much has been written about this iconoclastic riddim maverick, whose career has been as colorful and varied as Perry’s wardrobe. Initially causing widespread chaos at Coxsone Dodd’s sound, and then Joe Gibbs’ sound throughout the ’60s, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry found his feet with his label Upsetter, delivering a defining reggae template to the world. In the ’70s Perry explored his own production vision even further with his Black Ark studio, and alongside producers like King Tubby, Keith Hudson, and Errol Thompson, pioneered a new dub sound. Little could Perry have predicted the impact his limited 300 pressing Blackboard Jungle Dub LP would have, going on to inspire practically every strain of musical variation since, from hip-hop to jungle, dubstep to techno, post-punk to house. Perry’s legacy just gets bigger and bigger, and even in his seventies, he is still recording and touring.