- By David Katz

People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry

  • Title: People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry
  • Author: David Katz
  • ISBN: 9781846094439
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • People Funny Boy The Genius of Lee Scratch Perry Lee Scratch Perry is the most influential force in Jamaican music being the producer who took Bob Marley and the Wailers to international superstar status Using interviews with those who knew him th

    Lee Scratch Perry is the most influential force in Jamaican music, being the producer who took Bob Marley and the Wailers to international superstar status Using interviews with those who knew him, this book provides an examination of his life.

    1 thought on “People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    1. A brilliant biography of one of the most eccentric music producers ever known. Covers all Perry's career, from Studio One to the glorious Island recordings. The discography at the end of the book is great, ideal for any obsessive collector of Perry's recordings to track down some of those obscure gems. Katz' work in this book is more like an academic text book than a music biography, an excellent and thorough work.

    2. I really wanted to enjoy this and it had been on my 'to read' list for years. My wife picked this up in a charity shop before Christmas and this most definitely was my 'most-looked-forward-to' Christmas read.That said, I can't but feel a little disappointed by this book. There is potential in here for a truly fantastic book but I think the book needs edited quite a lot. I think one could easily lose 100 pages and still have a better book. I wanted to devour this book but it took weeks to get thr [...]

    3. Katz was not any sort of real writer or journalist, but rather a fan-friend of Lee Perry's, so Lee decided he should write the definitive bio of Perry. This was not a good idea. Katz writes in a repetitive, high-school-project style, proving he was, indeed, no journalist. The good news is that you do, indeed, get quite a lot of facts about the Jamaican music scene that developed reggae; the bad news is the book keeps crowing important/ interesting facts with boring, extraneous facts-for-facts-sa [...]

    4. I've been working on this book for a year, more than that, even. It's a compendium of artists, songs, studios, riddims, records, sound systems, lovers, haters and music industry executives -- and it reads like one. I love reading about Scratch's personal life, but the intricacies of who played on each track he ever produced has -- so far -- bogged down this book.

    5. As a deep reggae fan, I don't mind all the recording session details especially renamed tracks, dub versions etc. The second half of the book has a lot of lol moments, especially Scratch's behavior in the 80's. The Jamaican recording industry is rife with mysteries. This book uncovers more of them.

    6. A bit too long for it's own good, Perry's a genius, but I think his tale is better told in Katz's other book where other voices are heard in helping the Super Ape's story be told in the context of the times.

    7. Man, but this is a good book. David Katz was hand picked by Scratch to be his biographer, and had unprecedented access to his life and family. This book is meticulously interviewed and researched, and aside from the inevitable pages of trainspotter discography fetishizing, very entertaining.

    8. David Katz is the perfect guy to write this book, and it points to LSP's genius that he roped Katz into doing it. Put "Heart of the Congos" on automatic replay and read this.

    9. Exhaustive, and exhausting! Well worth it if you have an interest in Jamaican music history but perhaps a bit too detailed on the discography side of things for the casual reader.

    10. Obviously a labor of love by David Katz -- 500 small-print pages about Jamaican musical innovator Lee Perry. Only caveat: you'd definitely want to be a Perry fan to take this on.

    11. I love many of Lee Perry's records, but this book gets bogged down in too much detail about recording sessions.

    12. Exhaustive in detail, full of surprising and sometimes shocking anecdotes. Everything you could ever want to know about the genius madman.

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