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Boogie Man

The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

Charles Shaar Murray

St. Martin's Griffin

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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"(A) meticulously researched portrait...Hooker comes to life as a petulant, triumphant figure: complex and sometimes just unknowable, but as a genius for whom blues is as vital as a heartbeat."—Rolling Stone

"Surely the most exhaustive biography of any bluesman."—Chicago Tribune

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Charles Shaar Murray

  • Charles Shaar Murray’s previous book, Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the Postwar Rock ’n’ Roll Revolution, was called by Entertainment Weekly “the best book on Hendrix,” and rode their A-list for over two months before winning the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He lives in England.
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Boogie Man

The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

Charles Shaar Murray

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