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By Charles Shaar Murray

With John Lee Hooker's dying in June 2001 the area misplaced one of many final nice Mississippi Delta bluesmen. Acclaimed author Charles Schaar Murray's Boogie Man is the licensed and authoritative biography of this musician whose awesome occupation spanned over fifty years and integrated over one-hundred albums and 5 Grammy Awards. Murray was once given exceptional entry to Hooker, and we could him inform his personal tale in his personal phrases, from existence within the Deep South to San Francisco, from the 1948 blues anthem "Boogie Chillen" to the Grammy-winning album The Healer approximately a half-century later. Boogie Man is way greater than purely a super biography of 1 guy; it additionally offers the tale of the track that encouraged him. "When I die," Hooker acknowledged, they're going to bury the blues with me. however the blues won't ever die." this is the e-book that does him and his song complete justice.

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The explanation I recorded him was once the truth that he may perhaps sing and never stutter. in a different way I wouldn’t have recorded him. He didn’t suggest something to me. ’ no longer strangely, Hooker recalls those occasions from a really varied standpoint. ‘Me, I introduced [Besman] a protracted ways,’ he says. ‘A lengthy methods. He had a bit previous label named Sensation files, a bit label correct there in Detroit, on Woodward street. Barbee introduced me within the shop there. I had by no means met Bernie, I didn’t comprehend him from Adam. Me and Barbee performed all these tunes [‘Sally Mae’, ‘Boogie Chillen’ et al] for him and Kaplan correct there within the shop. Barbee had are available and acknowledged, “Man, I obtained a child. notice this child. ” [Besman] be aware of Barbee genuine sturdy, they used to be sturdy buddies. “Sally Mae”, yeah. Me and Barbee did that during a studio on Lafayette and St Antoine; he had a list shop. we might sit down there all evening . . . we’d be playin’ guitar all evening, me’n him, his spouse and so forth. Then he advised me, “I bought a pal, Bernie Besman and Johnny Kaplan. I’m gonna take you right down to they shop; they acquired a checklist shop and a allotting corporation there. ” Me’n him went down there. they'd blanks then: they didn’t have tape recorders, they'd wax disks. We recorded [an acetate] on that, we went down there and we performed it for them. “Sally Mae”, “Boogie Chillen” . . . i used to be playin’ that during little outdated evening golf equipment around then, the entire stuff that I recorded i used to be playin’ round. all of the stuff I performed for Barbee i used to be playin’ in events, nightclubs, the Apex Bar. Barbee may come around nights whilst I wasn’t playin’, and we'd play those tunes: “Boogie Chillen”, “Sally Mae”, “Hobo Blues”, “When My First spouse Left Me”. ’ by way of the top of global struggle II, as regards to each definable component of the yankee public used to be ravenously hungry for the hot track of which they’d been starved for the last few years. separate bans on recording had simply ended. One used to be brought on by a scarcity of shellac – the fundamental fabric from which the ten-inch 78rpm biscuits present on the time have been made – for which the conflict machine’s desire had taken comprehensible priority over that of the checklist company. the second one used to be the results of a fierce commercial dispute among the key list businesses and the yankee Federation of Musicians; by the point it was once resolved, a thriving crop of self sustaining operators had began up, unimpeded via the conflict among the union and the majors, and serving the markets for hillbilly and ‘race’ song within which the majors have been now not so . Or, as Eddie Burns places it, ‘one of the explanations John bought in and many us received in, was once that the musicians’ union had a ban at the studios. What occurred used to be them Jews came across the way to checklist blues musicians and other people like that, yet your agreement wasn’t well worth the paper that it was once written on. that they had a fashion of settin’ those dates once they published the stuff, sayin’ it was once recorded again then [i. e. sooner than the ban]. So a lotta blues humans received in at the deal, which suggest that you just instantly used to be gonna get a screwin’, since it wasn’t criminal within the first position.

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