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Reggae artist and music producer Lee Perry was an early pioneer of reggae music and its offshoot, dub music, and recorded a young Bob Marley and the Wailers.
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Later, he worked the Beastie Boys.
Following the death of Bob Marley in 1981, Perry left Jamaica and moved to England. Over the next several years, he remained largely a quiet figure, fueling speculation that he was coping with drug problems and had suffered a nervous breakdown. He eventually relocated to Switzerland (where he continues to reside), and eventually began to make music again. In 2006, he enjoyed a successful return to the road, touring parts of the world as a solo artist.
The film The Upsetter, which tells the story of Perry's unique life and documents the musician's endurance, was released in 2011. Perry, who says he's now sober and has seems to have found religion, has his own theories as to why his music continues to resonate with fans and new reggae listeners.
"My music is for people who believe in god," Perry said in a 2012 interview. "So if people believe in God this is what my music can do for them. The people believe in Jesus Christ, it can help them. But if they believe in the Antichrist it cannot help them. People who believe in God make music will hear positive words, perfect love and it will heal their soul. If they believe in the devil it can't help them."
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