People Funny Boy

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What to expect

‘David Katz’s in-depth portrayal of his genius is to be commended and is an essential addition to any serious music fan’s collection’ David Rodigan MBE OD

‘For the complete picture of this musical genius you can’t get better than David Katz’s People Funny Boy – if you’re into Scratch, it’s essential’ Don Letts

Arguably the most influential force in Jamaican music, Lee Perry brought Bob Marley to international stardom and has since collaborated with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, The Clash and The Beastie Boys. The book delves behind the myth of Perry to give a fuller examination of his life and work through extensive interviews with family members, fellow artists, friends, lovers, enemies, as well as the man himself to present a complex portrait of a unique soul driven by unseen spiritual forces. This revised and expanded edition has been thoroughly updated and completely overhauled to render a more nuanced, accurate and accessible read, with new information on Perry’s later years, including his Grammy Award, cessation of herb smoking and final passing, as well as previously unpublished information about his early life, his unique relationship with Marley, and his fabled Black Ark studio.

Critics Review

  • Lee Perry was one of Reggae’s most enigmatic creators; an incomparable phenomenon who’s sonic sound waves transformed out lives. David Katz’s in-depth portrayal of his genius is to be commended and is an essential addition to any serious music fan’s collection

    David Rodigan MBE OD
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry blew my 13 year old mind back in ’69 with a track called ‘Tackro’. From that time till this the surreal sonic adventures of Jamaica’s Salvador Dali of sound have been an essential part of my life. For the complete picture of this musical genius you can’t get better than David Katz’s People Funny Boy – if you’re into Scratch, it’s essential

    Don Letts
  • Lee Perry’s importance in the reggae sphere is that he nurtured much Jamaican roots talent, including Bob Marley and his backing musicians. His legacy contains some of the finest reggae recordings known to appreciators of the genre. People should read this book to discover more

    Dennis Bovell
  • A biography that, in many ways, is the story of an entire musical genre . . . If his story is not the greatest ever told, then it is certainly one of the most entertaining, and Katz duly relates many of the more lunatic anecdotes . . . Seldom less than definitive

    Q
  • Going beyond the standard portrait . . . Katz offers up a vast tome that works as a psychological portrait of a complex artist, and a fascinating history of post-war Jamaican music and culture . . . Marvellous stuff

    Mojo
  • An exhaustive, brilliantly researched and well-written biography . . . Every recording and motivation is detailed, along with his legion of eccentricities . . . A very good tale

    NME

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