Boogie Man

Boogie Man

The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

Unknown - 2000
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Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312265632
Branch Call Number: 781/.643/092/Hooke/-M 359401 1
Characteristics: x, 499 p. : ill


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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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