aYou the funkiest man alive.a Miles Davisa accolade was the perfect expression of John Lee Hookeras 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 Townshendas 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 aBoogie Chillena, rhythm-and-blues anthems such as aDimplesa and aBoom Booma and, in his final, glorious renaissance, the Grammy-winning album The Healer. Charles Shaar Murrayas authoritative biography vividly, and often in John Lee Hookeras own words, does magnificent justice to the man and his music.Bernard Besman, who recorded Hookera#39;s early hits in Detroit during the late a#39;40s and early a#39;50s, claims to this day that his primary reason for ... In 1953, recording a bunch of tunes in Cincinnati for producer/entrepreneur Henry Stone, he improvised a#39;Stuttering Bluesa#39;, a classic monologue on that very subject wherein he appears, against the background of one of his primal riffs, in the role of a stammeringanbsp;...
|Author||:||Charles Shaar Murray|
|Publisher||:||Canongate Books - 2011-11-03|