As Jamaican dub and roots reggae makes a heavy resurgence, Bunny "Striker" Lee pioneering producer of reggae, ska, dub an dancehall, is promoting his book and documentary - "Reggae Going International 1967-76, The Bunny 'Striker' Lee Story," and "I am The Gorgon, Bunny 'Striker' Lee and The Roots of Reggae".
They explain the journey of Reggae exploring the roots of reggae and telling the stories of many unsung heroes.
"Leslie Kong produced the most international hits but no one talks about him now...He's one of the founding fathers of the business. He recorded Bob Marley first, you know," explains Striker in Reggae Going International.
I Am The Gorgon, a documentary by Diggory Kenrick is narrated by Dennis Alcapone and features interviews with King Jammy's, Cornell Campbell, John Holt, Derrick Morgan, Horace Andy, Dillinger, Prince Jazzbo, Family Man, U-Roy, Sly Dunbar, Lee Scratch Perry, Ken Boothe, Max Romeo, Tappa Zukie, Scientist, Niney The Observer, Linval Thompson, Roy Shirley, The Twinke Brothers, Jah Stitch, Earl Chinna Smith, and many other music legends.
"Reggae Going International 1967-76, The Bunny 'Striker' Lee Story," by Noel Hawks and Jah Floyd tells the history of Jamaican music and highlights the pivotal role 'Striker' Lee played in the emergence of dub, ska, reggae, and dancehall. It focuses on Lee's creativity of new sounds and ideas like the development of flyers, which is an emphasis on the drummers use of cymbals.
The authors highlight The Gorgon's journey through reggae from a promoter with Duke Reid, Coxone Dodd, and Leslie Kong to becoming the producer with the biggest catalogue in Reggae Music.
The Gorgon played an essential part in starting King Tubby's career and also contributed to Tubby's pioneering of the dub sound. Lee was also one of the first producers to pay musicians and artistes for their recordings. In 1968, he took his passion to England and help start Palma Brothers and Trojan records which he licensed his productions too. His success over the years led to being awarded Order of Distinction in the rank of officer for more than 40 years of dedicated service in the music industry in 2008.
These two references for the Reggae industry through film and book serve as resource that is in high demand at universities, colleges, community libraries, and reggae festivals in Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America. A book/DVD tour was completed in December with plans to penetrate Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.