The upsetter on radio 2
tonight 22:00

Mark Lamarr traces the early musical roots of Lee "Scratch" Perry; reggae experimenter, maverick, and Yuri
Gagarin of Reggae [john eden will like that]. It's impossible to overestimate Scratch's importance as an artist and a producer. His is an incredibly rich life, both musically and culturally.

This is the story of his music, his madness, his innovation, his lack of respect for what went before and his sheer visionary dynamism which made Lee 'Scratch' Perry one of the most influential figures in all styles of music in the last century.

We examine his legacy; culturally, musically, technically, psychologically and mythically. We look at the apocryphal stories of
madness, and attempt to unwrap the enigma bound in a riddle that is Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

In tonight's programme we trace the rich, formative years of dub reggae's elder statesman, working with Prince Buster, Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd's and Joe Gibbs.

Against a backdrop of Jamaica's nascent 'Sound System' culture, we hear some early Perry Ska recordings with The Upsetters, and also talk to contemporaneous musicians Ansell Collins, Gladstone Anderson, Clancy Eccles, Skully Simms, Striker Lee and Sly Dunbar.

(liberated from www.bbc.co.uk)

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