Coming July 22nd, 2016, an in-depth documentary titled Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise will release via Cadiz Music. Director Volker Schaner was granted exclusive access to the legendary innovator of reggae and dub, filming Lee “Scratch” Perry over the past 15 years.
The feature-length film, which is packaged within a 24-page hardcover collector’s book, unveils the mysterious, mystical life of Perry and his ingenious musical mind.
Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise follows the reggae pioneer on journeys around the world, providing a raw and unparalleled insight into his world. The film weaves in impressive animation by artists Maria Sargarodschi and Norman Petkau, all of which was inspired by Perry’s “imaginary cosmos,” Ethiopian Christian Orthodox Church Art, and The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Also included is an extremely rare glimpse into LSP’s former hidden studio in Switzerland.
In addition to the 90+ minutes of footage, the project contains a photo gallery depicting Perry’s creative space, illustrations by Sargarodschi, a bonus “making of” documentary, and audio commentary from Volker Schaner.
Few have left a more impacting legacy on reggae music than Lee “Scratch” Perry. Perry was there at the birth of the genre, crafting the music alongside the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Junior Murvin, and The Congos. LSP built his own studio, known as the Black Ark. It became his temple for creating innovative instrumentals, and psychedelic dubs. He is known for popularizing delay, flanger and reverb, effects which have become synonymous with dub tracks.
At 80 years old, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been at the forefront of reggae since its inception. Now, thanks to Cadiz Music, Volker Schaner, and the man himself, reggae fans will get an up close look at the genius behind the music that has inspired so many artists over the years. To get a sneak peek of what to expect, check out the film’s trailer posted below!
Watch: Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise Official Trailer 2015