Lee "Scratch" Perry
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The return of Jamaica's reggae & dub godfather! At 83 years young, Grammy winning dub and reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry shows no signs of slowing down, not his rebellious creativity nor his performance schedule. In Fall 2019, Scratch will return with a new set of music reaching from his past genre defining classics to his latest new musical experiments, aided by the technology of his long time band NYC's Subatomic Sound System, a hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from the Black Ark era recordings. Scratch & Subatomic recently completed a 45th anniversary tour across North America for his 1973 Blackboard Jungle Dub album, performing the world’s first dub album live for the first time, nearly every show to capacity crowds (Check the video recap Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System “Blackboard Jungle Dub” 45th Anniversary Tour ). They will perform music from a forthcoming release as well as selections from their album “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” ( “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” Lee Scratch Perry + Subatomic Sound System ) (which topped both reggae and electronic charts in 2018) plus singles like “Black Ark Vampires” (“Black Ark Vampires” Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System ) and classics from Perry's work with the likes of Bob Marley, Max Romeo, and many more.
Perry’s collaborations in the early 1970s with Bob Marley & The Wailers defined the reggae genre and launched them to super stardom, but Perry himself shifted his focus in 1973 to constructing his infamous Black Ark recording studio so he could create a mystical new genre called “dub” made by using the mixing board as an instrument and stripping the music down primarily to drums and bass. Blackboard Jungle was the world’s first dub reggae album, and signaled not only the birth of dub as a genre, but also the dawn of remixing, the concept of the producer as an artist, and the power of an independent home studio to create world class music – ideas that impacted so many people around the world that they have essentially become the blueprint for music in the 21st century. Kanye West & Jay Z have sampled his recordings, the Sex Pistols hailed his work as inspiration for the punk movement, and artists across generations like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, The Clash, The Beastie Boys, and Major Lazer have all sought out Perry for collaborations.
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