Boogie Man

Boogie Man

The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

Book - 2000
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With John Lee Hooker's death in June 2001 the world lost one of the last great Mississippi Delta bluesmen. Acclaimed writer Charles Schaar Murray's Boogie Man is the authorized and authoritative biography of this musician whose extraordinary career spanned over fifty years and included over one-hundred albums and five Grammy Awards. Murray was given unparalleled access to Hooker, and lets him tell his own story in his own words, from life in the Deep South to San Francisco, from the 1948 blues anthem "Boogie Chillen" to the Grammy-winning album The Healer nearly a half-century later. Boogie Man is far more than merely a brilliant biography of one man; it also gives the story of the music that inspired him. "When I die," Hooker said, they'll bury the blues with me. But the blues will never die." Here is the book that does him and his music full justice.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780312270063
Characteristics: x, 505 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 21, 2016

"I got a history long as from here to London, England, and back, and back again. I got so much to write, and so much to write about."-JLH
Along with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and his friend B.B. King, John Lee Hooker was one of the titans of the blues who laid the groundwork for rock and roll and a whole generation of musicians. Songs like "Boom Boom," "Baby, Please Don't Go," and "Boogie Chillun," are staples of the blues and rock repertoire and he influenced everyone from Van Morrison to Nick Cave. This is a mostly engrossing, if idiosyncratic, biography that benefits from the author's time spent with Hooker during his late career revival. British music writer Charles Shaar Murray has a somewhat eccentric and rambling style (He often uses a paragraph length quote, when just a few sentences would do), but at least he has a style, which is often absent from music music biographies. It includes a discography and photographs.


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