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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.

Reviews

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
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
[Katz's] perseverance has paid off, creating a detailed portrait wide enough in focus to take in all the people around Perry - nearly the whole of the Jamaican scene . . . This book is especially strong on the music, guiding us through the minefield of his enormous output from the Sixties and Seventies
The Times
Everything in Katz's biography is well documented . . . Fascinating . . . A must-read for the legion of Jamaican music fans world-wide
Independent on Sunday