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Bayou Maharajah (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 8 July 2016 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Lily Keber

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Credited cast:
James Booker James Booker ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Boyd
Douglas Brinkley
Harry Connick Jr.
Dr. John
Hugh Laurie
Ronald Markham Ronald Markham
Cosimo Matassa
Bunny Matthews Bunny Matthews
Tom McDermott Tom McDermott
Charles Neville
Antonino Paone ... Interviewed
John Parsons John Parsons ... Himself
Bruce Boyd Raeburn Bruce Boyd Raeburn
Reggie Scanlan Reggie Scanlan
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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. Written by Lily Keber

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bayou Maharajah: The Troubled Genius of James Booker See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Mairzy Doats Productions See more »
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Humanely and musically inspiring
16 May 2016 | by Leone JulitteSee all my reviews

There is no place like New Orleans to give birth to someone like James Booker and even simply to understand a little bit about this city, it is worthy to watch this documentary.

I don't know what touched me the most, the man, his story or the undeniable genius of his piano playing. I left my first viewing of this movie filled with love, music, laughter and sadness. Filled with a renewed love for New Orleans, its music and its people. Filled with a immense love for James Booker's limitless talent and personality. (and yeah, I saw it again a couple times after that, still the same result)

I often feel musician documentaries don't do justice to their subject, often too dramatized or limited. But here, you can feel the care Lily Keber put into this documentary. The amazing people she gathered to talk about this intricate man, the consequent amount and quality of footage she assembled to carry it. Probably due to the complexity of James Booker's life which called for such a film to exist and forced the out most regard and sharpness for its narration. Also, may be because New Orleans' giant and loud musician community would have whooped her ass if she didn't do it right.

James Booker is a legendary piano master and a person everybody should discover and won't help but fall in love with. Thank you for making this happen Ms. Keber.


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