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ISBN: 9781250118462224 Pages
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He came onstage in a coffin carried by pallbearers, with a bone clamped to his nose and a staff topped with a human skull. Offstage, he insisted that he’d been raised by a tribe of Blackfoot Indians, that he’d defeated the boxing champion of Alaska, that he’d fathered seventy-five illegitimate children. The R&B wild man Screamin’ Jay Hawkins only had a single hit—the classic “I Put a Spell on You”—and was often written off as a clownish novelty act. But his mythmaking was legendary.
In this inventive retelling, Mark Binelli embraces the man and the legend to create a comic, tragic, fantastical portrait of this unlikeliest of protagonists. Hawkins saw his life as a riotous picaresque, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits does it justice, in a dazzling collage of hilarity and heartbreak.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hit
The origin story typically goes something like this: On September 12, 1956, a rhythm-and-blues aspirant named Jalacy...