Saturday, April 16, 2016

Stubborn Records' "Upsetter Fire Rescue Squad" Shirt and Patch to Raise Money for Lee "Scratch" Perry After Fire Destroys Studio

Stubborn Records has launched an “Upsetter Fire Rescue Squad” fundraising benefit t-shirt and embroidered patch as a means to provide financial and emotional support to 80-year old reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry AKA “The Upsetter.”

As you may remember from this Duff Guide to Ska post, Perry’s home studio was completely destroyed in a blaze in December 2015, after which Perry’s wife said, “he didn’t even have a pair of shoes to wear.” 100% of the profits from the sale of the t-shirt and patch will go directly to Lee Perry. The shirts and patches are available now for only $15 and $5.00 respectively at

Stubborn founder King Django, a long-time Perry devotee, came up with the fundraising idea and worked with Steve Kitchen of Vancouver, Canada’s to develop the brand-new four-color design. Kitchen was kind enough to donate his artwork to the cause, while Jeremy Myers of Jumpstart Screenprinting in Southampton, PA came on board offering a generous manufacturing subsidy.

According to Django, “I met Lee and his wife by chance in the Zurich airport just as I had wrapped up a European tour. They were both so kind and warm, I will never forget it. When I heard about the fire, I was heartbroken and speechless, and I had to think of some way to help.”

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