Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

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by Charles Shaar Murray
     
 

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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

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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.

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Library Journal
Murray (Crosstown Traffic) has written a sprightly and informative authorized biography of blues legend Hooker. Liberally sampling from his interviews with Hooker, other blues artists, family, and friends, the author traces the bluesman's childhood, migration to Detroit, first successes with "Boogie Chillen" and "I'm in the Mood," and re-emergence during the early 1960s folk boom. Hooker's growing popularity during the British and later American electric blues-rock craze, his travels on the grueling blues circuit from 1974 to 1988, and his commercial success with 1989's The Healer are recounted in detail. In addition, Murray provides a balanced, intimate look at Hooker's personal relationships and establishes a social context for his life, describing the segregated South of Hooker's youth, the blues scene in postwar Chicago, Motown, and the 1967 Detroit riots. Though it doesn't unearth new material, this work is thoroughly researched and entertaining. Highly recommended to musical fans and scholars alike.--Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780312270063
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,348,298
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)

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