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Under a Hoodoo Moon: The Life of the Night Tripper
Under a Hoodoo Moon is one of rock's most original and infectious autobiographies. In its pages, Dr. John, the alchemist of New Orleans psychedelic funk, tells his story, and what a story it is: of four decades on the road, on the charts, in and out of trouble, but always steeped in the piano-based soulful grind of New Orleans rhythmn & blues of which he is the acknolw ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 1994)
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This is the autobiography of one Mac Rebennack, commonly known as Dr John. If you don't know, Rebennack's rich, rich music is the very essence of New Orleans. "Hoodoo Moon" follows his life from the first guitar lesson, to first heroin use (age 15 or 16), to producing records (age 17), to attempts at pimping, to writing music for Little Richard and others, to being evicted from New Orleans by Jim Garrison, to... well, that's as far as I've gotten. What's amazing here is the openness with which M ...more
I loved it. Great document of what may be this country's last magical era of real folkloric (but non-folky) regional music, made by artists deeply rooted in regional tradition without being limited by it. And who were also freak-show CHARACTERS!!. I also love that Dr. John is not afraid to speak with sincere deference of his peers as well as his heroes. James Booker & Prof. Longhair are treated particularly lovingly here. Though not household words, the list of musicians he has worked with i ...more
While a great look into the mind and musical genius of Dr. John, it left out his life, which may be the point. The narrative goes from heroin hit to gig (with amazing musicians) to heroin hit, and I didn't even learn until the end that he had children. It's the tale of a true genius whose life passed him by, leaving behind a legendary body of work. A cautionary tale that there is more to life than art, and his regret creeps into the book's conclusion.
One of the best rock and roll autobios I've read. If you've ever heard Mac talk (much less sing), that peculiar and inventive Nworlins delivery is caught beautifully here. Fans of his music who don't know much about his life will be gobsmacked by what a bad boy he was; beyond that, his exploits on the road and in studios are a secret history of New Orleans R&B. It's worth it alone for the chapters on James Booker and Professor Longhair.
This is an amazing autobiography. Many folks will not find is sa fascinating, for it deals a whole lot with the recording industry and also Dr. John's drug use, but it gives a very vivid look at the music scene in N'Orlns. I have always had a very warm place in my musical heart for Dr. John and this has really stroked that. Keep the faith.
I thought this book was a great read and I highly reccommend it for any fans of the blues/rock and roll. As well as the artist giving a detailed account of how he became who he is now (or at least up to who he was in 1994)he also gives a little insight to many other musicians that he had worked/played with throughout his carreer.
Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr. John Creaux), is an American singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist whose music combines blues, boogie woogie and rock and roll.More about Mac Rebennack...