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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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8 July 2016 (UK) See more »

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

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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A hauntingly beautiful documentary about a fascinating genius
3 September 2013 | by jdubs949See all my reviews

This film sheds some much-needed light on one of the most flamboyant and talented musicians that New Orleans has ever produced. In this nuanced portrayal, documentarian Lily Keber brings to life the little-known (outside of the New Orleans music scene and jazz/blues aficionado circles) legend of James Carroll Booker III. Tragically, Booker was among the best piano players of all time, but was also prone to mental instability and severe substance abuse issues that limited his career trajectory. In addition to paying fitting tribute to Booker's music, what really shines here is Keber's portrayal of his tortured and complicated personality. This is no small feat. Highly recommended.


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