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Lee Scratch Perry at Meltdown Festival. London in 2003 photographed by Mark Mawston

Lee 'Scratch' Perry photographer Mark Mawston

Catalogue No: LEES001MMAW Artist(s): Lee 'Scratch' Perry Location: Meltdown Festival, Royal Albert Hall, London Date: June 2003 Era: The 2000's Edition: Rockarchive Edition 100 Print type: Giclée Print Paper type: Archival 310gsm cotton based rag paper

Lee 'Scratch' Perry captured during his Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, London in June 2003.

Mark Mawston recalls, "I’d received a call from the Royal Festival Hall to say that they had painstakingly recreated the famous Jamaican Black Ark Studios in their foyer and that the man who had originally built and then burnt down the famous studio would be arriving that afternoon and could I pop over to take some pictures for them for that year's Meltdown.

On the day itself, Perry had finally turned up dressed like some sort of Reggae Minstrel, my favourite article of clothing being his trainers, which he’d covered with graffiti and broken mirrors then glued the glass to each one, like a mosaic, which sent glitter ball style rays of light everywhere as they caught the now early evening summer sun. He handed me a pen and asked if we’d like to add something to the Ark’s graffiti. After I’d added my contribution, he then offered me a josh stick saying “smoke it man, it’s me own bran’” then stuck another in his hat and lit it.

As he kindly posed for pictures I was totally distracted as the flame from the josh stick had really taken hold and was making its way towards the feathers in his hat and to the pink mass which curled up its sides, black smoke now rising from its crumbling yet red hot mass. I pointed out that he hadn’t blown it out after lighting it so that instead of just smoldering it was now aflame. He slowly took off his hat, smiled, looked at it, gently blew it out and mumbled an affectionate response which I missed (Happy Birthday to me or something along those lines) as he wandered off to some darkened room. That josh stick summed up Perry; better to burn bright than slowly smolder."

This print is from a limited edition of 100. Each print is numbered, signed by Mark Mawston, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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A3 £166.67
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