Noise Pop Films: ‘BAYOU MAHARAJAH: the tragic genius of James Booker’

James Booker was a far out motherfucker.  He had his first hit at age 12 and died alone in the waiting room of New Orleans Charity Hospital at age 43.  He wore an eye patch over his left eye, and everyone it seems was told a different story of the damaged eye – was it pulled out by drug dealers or Ringo Starr? They called him the Piano Prince, the Black Liberace, and even the Bayou Maharajah.  He played with everyone from Dr. John to Jerry Garcia, the aforementioned Ringo, and the Doobie Brothers).  Like so many great American artists, he [...]

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