Lee "Scratch" Perry

Summing up the career of reggae's greatest living legend, Lee Perry, seems deceptively simple. The Black Ark production genius and early dub pioneer's career collaborations span from the heydays of the Skatalites to Andrew WK. Narrow his backbreaking discography down to a mere sliver — say, 1976-77 — and you've still got Max Romeo's War ina Babylon, Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves, the Congos' Heart of the Congos, the Heptones' Party Time, the Clash's "Complete Control," and the Upsetters' own Super Ape, a streak that feels less like a résumé and more like an atom bomb. In the years since, Scratch has grown into an elder statesman not just of the genre but of music in general. He's an odd but still together goodwill ambassador of life, good times, and the liberating realness of being just a bit eccentric. With Subatomic Sound System. (Photo by Drew Gorgon)
Wed., May 23, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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