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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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Cast

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:

USA

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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Perfection!
30 June 2014 | by alchampagne981See all my reviews

The fact that this has still not found a distributor makes me worry about the future of the medium. I can honestly say that this is among the greatest documentary films I have ever seen (and I've seen A LOT). James Booker was such an extraordinary character that even a so-so filmmaker would be make something able to hold your interest. Fortunately for us, it comes from a director, Lily Keber, has the potential to rank alongside the undisputed greats such as Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. The only thing that seems to be standing in the way is the fact that there is (as of yet) no distributor. The recent wave of music documentaries spotlighting lesser known bands and musicians ('Searching For Sugarman, A Band Called Death, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, etc.) makes this one a surefire hit. GET ON IT!


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