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Thursday, March 14 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

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"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.View official listing on sxsw.com

Thursday March 14, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Topfer Theatre at ZACH 1510 Toomey Rd

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