Friday, July 12, 2013

BAYOU MAHARAJAH: The Tragic Genius of James Booker


Screening: Tuesday, July 16th – 5PM - DGA 2

Director: Lily Keber

Producers: Lily Keber, Nathaniel Kohn
Associate Producers: Ted Moree, Amy Rodrigue, Don Williams

Principal Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Hugh Laurie, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Charles Neville, Douglas Brinkley

"Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as 'the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.' Booker was an unparalleled musician whose eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle and isolation. Triply-marginalized by his race, sexuality, and physical disability, he still managed to excel as a musician in New Orleans and Europe in the turbulent 1960-70s, fusing secular, sacred, pop and classical traditions in breathtaking new ways. A brilliant stylist of soaring imagination, Booker personified the agony of genius in a time of paradigmatic change."



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