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By Sebastian Danchin

ISBN-10: 157806306X

ISBN-13: 9781578063062

ISBN-10: 1578063078

ISBN-13: 9781578063079

The existence and early demise of a South facet guitar genius, the best unheralded Chicago blues-maker

Jimi Hendrix known as Earl Hooker "the grasp of the wah-wah pedal." blood brother man slept with one among Hooker's slides underneath his pillow hoping to faucet a number of the elder bluesman's strength. And B. B. King has acknowledged many times that, for his funds, Hooker used to be the easiest guitar participant he ever met.

Tragically, Earl Hooker died of tuberculosis in 1970 while he was once at the verge of foreign luck simply because the Blues Revival of the overdue sixties and early seventies was once attaining complete quantity.

Second cousin to now-famous bluesman John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker used to be born in Mississippi in 1929, and reared in black South facet Chicago the place his mom and dad settled in 1930. From the past due Nineteen Forties on, he was once well-known because the such a lot inventive electrical blues guitarist of his iteration. He used to be a "musician's musician," defining the paintings of blues slide guitar and enjoying in classes and exhibits with blues greats Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, and B. B. King.

A favourite of black membership and local bar audiences within the Midwest, and a professional entertainer within the rural states of the Deep South, Hooker spent over twenty-five years of his brief life burning up U.S. highways, making extraordinary appearances anyplace he performed.

Until the final yr of his existence, Hooker had just a couple of singles on vague labels to teach for all of the labor. the location replaced in his previous couple of months while his following multiplied dramatically. Droves of younger whites have been looking American blues tunes and inflicting a blues album growth. while he died, his star's upward thrust was once extinguished. identified essentially as a guitarist instead of a vocalist, Hooker didn't depart a songbook for his biographer to mine. in basic terms his friends remained to compliment his expertise and cross on his legend.

"Earl Hooker's existence may well let us know much in regards to the blues," biographer Sebastian Danchin says, "but it additionally tells us very much approximately his milieu. This ebook records the tradition of the ghetto during the instance of a principal personality, an individual who's to be considered as a catalyst of the attribute features of his community."

just like the stories of such a lot of different unheralded abilities between bluesmen, Earl Hooker, Blues Master, Hooker's lifestyles tale, has the entire components of a superb blues track -- past due nights, lengthy roads, poverty, difficulty, and a soul-felt pining for what might have been.

Sebastian Danchin is a contract author and list manufacturer. He additionally creates courses for France's prime radio community, Radio-France, and is the blues editor for France's prime jazz journal, Jazzman. His earlier books, between others, contain Les Dieux du Blues (Paris: variations Atlas, 1995) and Blues Boy: The lifestyles and tune of B. B. King (University Press of Mississippi, 1998).

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