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Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to Perform ‘Blackboard Jungle Dub’ LP Live This Fall

Tour focuses on West and East Coasts and runs through Halloween

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1980:  Photo of Lee Perry  (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Lee 'Scratch' Perry, circa 1980.

David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Lee “Scratch” Perry, the eccentric elder statesman of dub reggae, will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Upsetters’ Blackboard Jungle Dub LP with a tour this fall. He will be accompanied by his backing band, Subatomic Sound System. The tour runs from October 12th through the 31st and focuses on the West and East Coasts. Tickets are already on sale for the show billed as “the world’s first dub album live for the first time.”

When the LP came out in 1973, a few short years after the first Upsetters record in 1969, it was credited as being “produced and directed by Upsetter L. Perry.” The record features Perry working with King Tubby and an overall loose vibe with melodica, trombone and trumpet adding melody to Perry & Co.’s skanking percussion. A short documentary, via Dangerous Minds, from 2009 traced the history of Blackboard Jungle to dubstep music.

“Dub is the shadow of the song,” producer Bill Laswell once explained in a Rolling Stone article about Perry. “It is the ultimate beginning with no ending,”

“You could never put your finger on Lee Perry – he’s the Salvador Dali of music,” Keith Richards said in the same article. “He’s a mystery. The world is his instrument. You just have to listen. More than a producer, he knows how to inspire the artist’s soul. Like Phil Spector, he has a gift of not only hearing sounds that come from nowhere else, but also translating those sounds to the musicians. Scratch is a shaman.”

Lee “Scratch” Perry Tour Dates

October 12 – Vancouver @ Commodore Ballroom
October 13 – Seattle @ Nectar
October 14 – Portland @ Aladdin Theater
October 17 – Los Angeles @ Echoplex
October 18 – San Francisco @ The Chapel
October 19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
October 20 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
October 21 – Sonoma, CA @ The Reel Fish Shop
October 24 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
October 25 – Ardmore, PA @ The Ardmore Music Hall
October 26 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel
October 27 – Brooklyn @ Elsewhere
October 28 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
October 30 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
October 31 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts

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