Legendary musician Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is today trying to pick up the pieces amid asking fans to help replace his musical equipment after his Recording Studio was torched by a fire.
The dub music pioneer lost a lot of his prized possessions in the blaze at his facility in Switzerland on Thursday, including stage outfits, music, art works, electronic equipment and books.
Perry posted pictures of the damage on Facebook and described the items he lost in the inferno.
In his message, Perry went on to beg his fans for help, promising backstage passes to gigs on his next tour to anyone who can contribute new equipment and costumes. The veteran musician is due to play concerts in the U.K. and the U.S. next year.
Perry is a Jamaican music producer/inventor noted for his innovative studio techniques and production values. Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks.Perry has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo and many others.
Perry's musical career began in the late 1950s as a record seller for Clement Coxsone Dodd's sound system. As his sometimes turbulent relationship with Dodd developed, he found himself performing a variety of important tasks at Dodd's Studio One hit factory, going on to record nearly thirty songs for the label. Disagreements between the pair due to personality and financial conflicts led him to leave the studio and seek new musical outlets.