People Funny Boy

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Payback Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 pages
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People Funny Boy delves behind the myth of Perry to give a fuller examination of his life and work. It centres on extensive interviews with family members, fellow artists, friends, former lovers, enemies and proclamations from the man himself to present a complex portrait of a soul who has been driven by unseen spiritual forces.Lee "Scratch" Perry is arguably the most influential force in Jamaican music. He was the producer that took Bob Marley and the Wailers from a local Rocksteady band to international reggae superstars. He has worked for and with the entirety of reggae's heavyweight community as well as many interational musicians. He also famously cast a spell on Margaret Thatcher in 1980.

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About the author (2000)

David Katz has written about music since 1984, with a particular focus on the sounds and culture of Jamaica; his work has also examined literature, film and politics. He has contributed to a range of global publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, New Internationalist, Uncut, Flipside, Bassist, Lodown (UK), The Beat, Rhythm, Grand Royal (USA), Loop (Switzerland), Etna (Belgium), and Reggae Magazine (Japan); his "London Rumblings" column is currently a regular feature of Murder Dog magazine in America. He has annotated several Lee Perry retrospective CD collections for the Island, Universal, Heartbeat, Motion, and Ariwa labels, and has also contributed to The Rough Guide to Reggae, published by Penguin in 1997. Katz is also a musician, broadcaster and photographer: his recorded works have been issued in France, and he has co-hosted reggae radio shows in Brussels and Sydney, as well as in his original home town of San Francisco. He currently lives in London.

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