Reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry brings the bottom end to ByWard

Reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry brings the bottom end to ByWard

Asked the origin of his enduring nickname, Lee Perry is inclined to say, “All things start from Scratch.”

It is a characteristically blustery if uncharacteristically coherent pronouncement from the certifiably loopy septuagenarian. And it is a boast not without merit. The influential producer honed his skills nigh five decades ago under the tutelage of Jamaican pioneers Duke Reid and Joe Gibbs, and ultimately took his native land’s music to places neither mentor could have imagined.

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