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 ...
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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
A hauntingly beautiful documentary about a fascinating genius
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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