New film on James Booker

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 17, 2013

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

The Ivory Emperor, the Black Liberace, Lil Booker, Little Chopin in Living Color… James Carroll Booker, III.

Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.

You can see the trailer over on the film website.

There is also an article over at OffBeat.

Come on BBC4 – you know what you need to do…


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