SECRET Laboratory, the Switzerland studio of legendary music producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, was destroyed by fire last Thursday.
Perry said he lost recording equipment, costumes, books and other personal items. The Grammy-winning producer blamed the fire on negligence.
“I forgot to out a candle and my whole Secret Laboratory burned out…Everything gone!!!! I am so sad and my wife is so mad,” Perry wrote on Facebook.
He added: “My whole life collections, arts, my magic hats, my magic boots, ally my crazy show outfits and costumes: King Pope, General, Magician…All my electronics and studio equipment and my magic mic, books, musik, CDs…”
The 79-year-old Perry was born in Kendal, Hanover. He made his name in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s as a producer of cutting-edge music by revolutionary artistes.
His Upsetter label produced some of the reatest reggae songs including Small Axe and Duppy Conqueror by the Wailers; Beat Down Babylon (Junior Byles) and the album, Heart of The Congos, by the Congos.
Most of Perry’s productions were done at his Black Ark studio in Kingdom. Citing stress, he set that complex on fire and destroyed it in 1978.
Perry’s eccentricity has won him a cult following worldwide. He still tours and records.
In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with Jamaican ET.