Lee Scratch Perry

Jamaica

Lee Scratch Perry was a Jamaican record producer and singer noted for his innovative studio techniques and production style. Lee was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music, with his early adoption of remixing studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He worked with and produced for a whole spectrum of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, Ari Up, the Clash, and the Orb. Before he died, we asked Lee to share his perspective as part of our Manifesto series, which invites activists and creatives with something to say to write 10 rules to live by, in order to help spread their message - and he didn’t disappoint.

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I make music to heal people’s hearts and to heal people’s brains. When you’re unhappy or suffering, listen to your favorite music.