james booker: bayou maharajah (DVD, £21.75)label: Cadiz
Bayou Maharajah explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” This roller coaster portrait traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his years touring his outrageous solo career in America and Europe. Features interviews with the likes of Harry Connick Jr, Dr John, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, together with a generous helping of archival footage. “Bayou Maharajah is a wonderful documentary - essential viewing for anyone who cares about James Booker, the city of New Orleans, music, people, life, love, art or death” - Hugh Laurie. DVD Extra Info: Region: 0; System Format: NTSC; Certificate: Exempt; Running Time: 98 minutes; Audio Format: 2.0 Stereo; Language: English; Aspect Ratio: 16:9; Colour: Colour; Extras: Interviews with Harry Connick Jr, Ronald Markham, Josh Paxton, Allen Toussaint, George Winston, Dr John, Tom McDermott, Hugh Laurie (40 mins); Booker in High School and at M&J recording studio (6 mins); Booker in New Orleans, New York and London (8.21 mins).
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