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The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee "Scratch" Perry is available now

  • Aneesa Ahmed
  • 3 February 2022
Watch a documentary on the late, great Lee "Scratch" Perry

A documentary on Lee "Scratch" Perry, the late dub icon, is now available on the Criterion Channel.

'The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee "Scratch" Perry' is directed by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough, and Benicio del Toro narrates the project.

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In addition to archival footage,The Upsetter includes interviews with Lough and Higbee in which Perry discusses his life.

The documentary is part of the newly produced "Roots & Revolution: Reggae on Film" collection, which also contains The Harder They Come, The Story of Lovers Rock, and other reggae and dub themed films.

Famed for his work with reggae stars such as Bob Marley and The Wailers, Perry was a key figure in popularising Jamaica's music all over the world.

Scratch used early remixing and studio experimentation to transform roots reggae tracks, influencing the creation of multiple dance music genres.

Perry died at a hospital in Lucea, Jamaica, in August at the age of 85.

This documentary describes Perry as a "force to be reckoned with".

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The full documentary is available on the Criterion Channel website here.

Watch a clip from The Upsetter below.

[Via: Pitchfork]

Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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