Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry‘s secret studio burns down
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry‘s secret laboratory has burned down. The studio based in Switzerland, where the artist currently lives, caught fire after Perry forgot to put a candle out. On 3 December the dub pioneer posted photos of the wreckage on his Facebook account, stating: “Hallo my fans. Something very very sad happened. I forgot to out a candle and my whole secret laboratory burned out. My whole life collections, arts, my magic hats, my magic boots, all my crazy show outfits and costumes: king, pope, general, magician… all my electronics and studio equipment and my magic mic, books, musik, CDs… everything gone!!!! I am so sad and my wife is so mad. To my angels that always give me perfect things, if you have made something for me to bring it to the show when I'm in your area, it would be super if you send that to me in advance by post so I can have it before I start with shows in March, because now I’m going to Jamaika and will not have the time to look or make special outfits. Send me a private message and I will send you the address. Also write me where you are located then i will put you + ? on the guestlist when I come to your area and with backstage acsess so I can thank you personally. God bless, love £$p”.
This isn't the first time one of Perry's studios has caught fire. In 1979 the renowned Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica, burned down in a fire which Perry claims to have started in a fit of rage.