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Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century

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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 ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 28th 1999)
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Ryan
Nov 14, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
Finally done...it is a good book, though probably needed more editing than it got. He iterates and reiterates his point a bit more than is necessary - he is pretty clear the first time. I most enjoyed his writing about music - descriptions of songs he heard live, or comparisons of recordings. I often want to hear them after reading his descriptions. Just as often, I don't like them particularly, but I enjoy the new perspective for listening. Just now, I want to hear the Van Morrison/Hooker colla ...more
Vagabond Geologist
Dec 15, 2015 Vagabond Geologist rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book although a little less discography would have made it better (in my opinion). If you enjoy the music of JLH, the genre or how the record industry operates then this book is worth reading. The author shares his views and insights as to why blues in general, and the music of JLH in particular, speak to so many people. I've seldom seen these thought, views, insights or feelings...whatever you want to call them...articulated so clearly. Good book.
Chamberlon
Mar 10, 2016 Chamberlon rated it liked it
A better editing job would have served this book a lot better. Revealing, but a bit too long.
Jak
Sep 11, 2008 Jak rated it it was ok
As interesting a life as JLH led Murray manages to choke a great deal of enjoyment out of it. The book is more or less a discography detailing every last scrap of what song was recorded where under what name with which other musicians produced by whom. Dear god it was bad.

Just as well JLH has some interesting aspects to his life to act as a saving grace for the book.
Gwen
Apr 04, 2016 Gwen rated it really liked it
This book was a slow read mainly because I wanted to get every detail. The blues is a time-honored music form and John Lee Hooker was one of the pioneers (although second generation) of that form. The book takes his music from beginning to the time the book was printed when he was recording with the likes of Santana, Canned Heat and other pop and rock icons of the day. I savored and enjoyed this book and have expanded my musical knowledge thereby.
Robin Webster
May 02, 2012 Robin Webster rated it really liked it
Murray does a good job in telling the story of John Lee's life from his move from the South to Detroit, his relationships, his being swindled out of royalties to his eventual well deserved financial security after the success of his album 'The Healer' in the 1980's. John Lee Hooker is one of the most influential blues men of all time. If you are a fan of John Lee Hooker this is a must read.
Allan
Oct 29, 2014 Allan rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Lots and lots of really good stuff about Hooker and his career, along with detailed, song-by-song descriptions of some fifty years worth of significant recordings. So at 480 pages, this is obviously for real blues fans more than for people who enjoy reading biographies. It also helps to be a fan of Murray's extrovert voice, as he rather seems to be.
George
Jul 05, 2012 George rated it it was amazing
An absolutely incredible book about The King of the Boogie! I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the true Blues. The author skillfully takes the reader on a journey into the world of John Lee Hooker, a man who has guarded his privacy very well.
Dan Pittman
Dec 17, 2013 Dan Pittman rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Such an interesting man but such a poorly written book. Realistically this book should have captured the reader from the first page, I got about a third of the way through but just couldn't continue. Very disappointed
Jitte Van
Jan 17, 2013 Jitte Van rated it it was amazing
An amazing and vibrant account of the life of one of the most incredible and truly original musicians... a must read for music lovers.
Wesley
Aug 06, 2010 Wesley rated it liked it
This is a great great rundown about John Lee Hooker. If you like Hooker and want a great book on the man, you must have this.
Chad
Jan 04, 2009 Chad rated it liked it
While I enjoyed learning more about John Lee Hooker, the book was written in a style to textbook like for my tastes.
Markku
Aug 12, 2015 Markku rated it it was amazing
This must be the best book I've read on the blues.
Adrian
Aug 12, 2012 Adrian rated it really liked it
I was the Bassman in 1973 !!! AB
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