Thanksgiving Is Ruined
December 09, 2006
Rasta killed the Pope!
re: the new issue, # 20, of Wax Poetics, with Lee Perry on the cover: I knew within 10 seconds of spotting it and reading its table of contents that I would walk out of the newsstand $7.99 poorer. This beats the previous land speed record of 15 seconds set by issue # 18, devoted to P-Funk.
The cover story excerpts part of David Katz's Perry biography, People Funny Boy. The excerpt brings to our attention a fascinating historical tidbit from the autumn of 1978, to add a new twist to some old conspiracy theories.
Lee Perry began spending much of his days writing on the walls of his studio, building junk-sculpture fetishes in the yard and antagonizing all that appeared there, after tensions arose during a new religious project initiated with members of the Niyabinghi Theocracy. . . .
I wonder if in future performances Patti Smith could change the lyrics (and, perhaps, percussion) of "Wave" to incorporate this.