Boogie Man

Boogie Man

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a€˜You the funkiest man alive.a€™ Miles Davisa€™ accolade was the perfect expression of John Lee Hookera€™s apotheosis as blues superstar: recording with the likes of Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Carlos Santana; making TV commercials (Lee Jeans); appearing in films (The Blues Brothers); and even starring in Pete Townshenda€™s musical adaptation of Ted Hughesa€™ story The Iron Man. His was an extraordinary life. Born in the American deep south, he moved to Detroit and then, in a career spanning over fifty years, recorded hypnotic blues classics such as a€˜Boogie Chillena€™, rhythm-and-blues anthems such as a€˜Dimplesa€™ and a€˜Boom Booma€™ and, in his final, glorious renaissance, the Grammy-winning album The Healer. Charles Shaar Murraya€™s authoritative biography vividly, and often in John Lee Hookera€™s own words, does magnificent justice to the man and his music.Sometimes you feel like a club fighter who gets off a bus in the middle of nowhere , no cheers, no admiration, punches his way through ... John Lee Hooker, explaining a#39;Backbiters And Syndicatorsa#39; to the author, 1992 In 1990s usage, the expression a#39;Vee Jaya#39; generally designates a person gainfully employed to spout banalities on cable or satellite TV to link ... Al Smith, the latter a Chicago blues lifer whose career went all the way back to the era of Lester Melrose and Bluebird Records.

Title:Boogie Man
Author: Charles Shaar Murray
Publisher:Canongate Books - 2011-11-03

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