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About Mick Sleeper

Mick Sleeper was born around the same time that The Upsetters were recording "Return Of Django" in 1969. Reggae didn't impress him when he first heard it as a teenager, but later on a love for 2 Tone ska and The Clash inspired him to seek out the original sounds. By his mid-20s, he made up for lost time and became a dedicated reggaeologist.

Mick honestly can't remember exactly when he first heard Lee Perry's music. It was either Trojan's The Upsetter Collection or From The Secret Laboratory. His ears – and his music collection – haven't been the same since.

When Mick discovered that nobody had put the Upsetter online, he created this website in 1996. Two years later, the website got an official "yes I" from Lee Perry himself, who insisted that he change his name to Mick Waker. After several re-designs and a long period of inactivity, Mick re-launched Eternal Thunder in 2006, in time for the website's 10th anniversary.

Mick spent 16 years as a DJ on a community radio station and has profiled many of reggae's best singers and players, including Desmond Dekker, Alton Ellis, Mikey Dread, Toots Hibbert, Ansel Collins, Lynn Taitt, Carlton Patterson, Dillinger, Trinity, Mutabaruka and Richie Spice. In 2009, Mick started Ring The Alarm, a music podcast where he indulges his love of music further.

When he's not working on Eternal Thunder, Mick can be found on his bike, cooking jerk chicken or watching Criterion Collection DVDs in Edmonton, Canada.