The Upsetter tells the fascinating story of Lee “Scratch” Perry, a visionary musician and artist from poor rural Jamaica who journeyed to the big city in the late 1950’s with dreams of making it in the burgeoning record industry. Lee Perry burst on the scene with a brand new sound, inventing a genre of music that would come to be called Reggae, while mentoring a young Bob Marley and gaining international recognition as a record producer and solo artist. The Upsetter charts 70 years in the life of Lee “Scratch” Perry in his own words through an exclusive interview given to American filmmakers Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough in Switzerland in 2006. It is equally a documentation of 30 years of Jamaican music and culture as it is a study of one of the most creative and inspiring human beings of all time. The film is narrated by Academy Award Winner Benico Del Toro. Screening dates are available here.
An amazing look into the life of a Reggae legend, wait that’s an understatement. The pioneer of all things Reggae, Lee “Scratch” Perry is documented in this film for his contribution to Reggae music and you also get an introspective look at the music industry during this time. Plus, the moment in history that these things occur for Jamaica. If you have the opportunity to see this when it comes to your city, don’t hesitate to stop what you are doing and go see it.
Let’s say, five days of classic tracks spanning the illustrious career of Lee “Scratch” Perry, starting with…
Theatrical Release July 6th
I wonder if this occurs in reality (looking into the distance), if it does I’m sure a love triangle is involved.