last update: 03-11-2010
PEOPLE FUNNY BOY
by David Katz
Payback Press, ISBN #0 86241 854 2
'A biography that, in many ways, is the story of an entire musical genre ... If this
story is not the greatest ever told, then this is certainly one of the most entertaining,
and Katz duly relates many of the more lunatic anecdotes ... Seldom less than definitive'
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.
'An exhaustive, brilliantly researched and well-written biography ... Every recording and
motivation is detailed, along with his legion of eccentricities ... A very good tale'.
'[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'.
'Everything In Katz's biography is well documented ... Fascinating ... A must- read for the
legion of Jamaican music fans world wide'.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'It reads like an evily absorbing work of fiction ... For anyone interested in the history
of reggae music as a genre, this is a work of superb scholarship. For collectors of Scratch
anecdotes this is Nirvana'.
STRAIGHT NO CHASER
'Eyebrow-raising, erudite and informative. People Funny Boy rescues Perry from the nuthouse
and insists on his admission to music's hall of fame'.
'People Funny Boy is essentially a who's who of 50 years of Jamaican music and Katz takes
the time to provide useful little biographies of forgotten talents. A well-paced biography
with helpful insights into what makes a character such as Perry a creative genius, Katz has
produced a work of depth'.
'This book is a pretty great introduction to the great man's life and work'.
'The most detailed and lovingly compiled biography of Lee Perry we're ever likely to read'.
GIVE ME POWER (a Lee Scratch Perry discography)
by David Katz & Jeremy Collingwood
Trax on Wax, ISBN #0 9539350 0 0
A (never) complete discography which 'contains over 1,000 vinyl releases and with more
than 450 Jamaican singles'.
Albums, singles, discosingles, cd's; all listed in chronological order, Jamaican pressings
first, followed by European, US & Canadian releases. A serious attempt to capture the works
of Lee Perry in paper form.
Everybody's personal collection shows some fresh discovered records here and there and so
does this collection.
Another 'must-have' creation by David Katz and Jeremy Collingwood.
THE ULTIMATE ALIEN
Lee 'Scratch' Perry in Concert
Secret Films -DVD-, SECDVD 107
Filmed at Concord 2, Brighton, England, this DVD includes exclusive behind the scenes
footage, plus an indepth interview in which Lee talks about growing up in the country,
getting into the music business, working with Bob Marley and the meaning of life.
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over !