Forthcoming Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry film ‘Vision Of Paradise’ – launches Kickstarter campaign…

Starting in the late 60s with The Upsetters, Lee Scratch Perry wrote the book on Jamaican mixing desk trickery, then constantly ripped it up to create new aural blueprints for the music, via his Black Ark productions of the following decade. He has since then charted a waywardly idiosyncratic path, which has ensured legions of followers absorbing his every move.

Perry began making music in the late 50s for Clement Coxsone Dodd’s label. Following a stint at Joe Gibbs’s Amalgamated Records, Perry formed his own imprint, Upsetter, in 1968.

In the early 1960s, Lee’s mixing board experiments resulted in the creation of dub. He is synonymous with his innovative production techniques and renowned for his studio band The Upsetters.

In 1973, Perry built the legendary Black Ark studios, where he produced records for musicians like Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, Junior Murvin, The Heptones, The Congos and Max Romeo. By 1978 The Black Ark had fallen into a state of disrepair and eventually, the studio burned to the ground; Perry insists that he torched the studio himself in a fit of rage.

Perry has recorded with The Orb, Keith Richards, The Beastie Boys, George Clinton, David Lynch, Andrew WK, Moby, Ari Up of The Slits, Bill Laswell, Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Sly Dunbar, Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt, Adrian Sherwood, Mad Professor and even porn star Sasha Grey. Perry, now 76yrs of age he shows no sign of slowing down, in fact he only concluded a short UK tour on the 20th February.

For the past 14 years film-maker Volker Schaner has followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamacia, Ethopia, Germany, Switzerland and London. Over this period Volker has earned Perry’s trust, resulting in a never-before-granted level of access and insight into Perrys’ fantastical, spiritual world.

With a thrilling, poetic narration from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry, this is not a biography, more a fairytale documentary. Volker has charted a story that is almost impossible to believe: a revelation, told in the own words of one of the world’s major protagonists of contemporary music.

The team behind Lee Scratch Perry’s Visons Of Paradise need to raise $20,000 to finish the film which promises to become a classic and tells a story of epic, magical propotions; the Kickstarter scheme has currently raised $9,500 and has 10 days to go – Schaner has released a short clip to explain his desire to complete the fim.


If you were interested in becoming a Kickstarter backer, pledges range from $1 to $5000+ with a range of incentives which include dinner with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Further information, and updates to the project can be obtained from the Kickstarter site.

Lastly we are delighted to be able to show a short clip from the ‘Visions Of Paradise’ film; this is exclusive to Louder Than War and has not been seen anywhere else previously.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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