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John Lee Hooker Spins Old Blues Records and Talks About Life

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:22 pm
by JasO
I just discovered this site today when a lot of hits started coming in from this forum to my website, where I've been sharing historic interviews and feature articles about blues, rock, and other styles. I like the community you've created here! I put something online yesterday that seems like it could appeal to members of this forum.

In 1992, I had the wonderful experience of playing a stack of old blues records for John Lee Hooker. I taped his comments as he listened to T-Bone Walker and B.B. King's first recordings, Lucille Bogan's unexpurgated "Shave 'Em Dry," Memphis Minnie's "Ma Rainey," Lonnie Johnson's "No More Troubles Now," Blind Blake's "Hastings St.," Albert King's "Personal Manager Blues," and a couple of his own early 78s. In between songs, Mr. Hooker spoke about life and music. I've just posted a new and complete transcription for anyone who wants to see it. Man, I loved that guy! http://jasobrecht.com/

I've also posted a lot of other unique blues-related material on the website -- it's the culmination of my 30+ years work as a music journalist and author. Hope you enjoy it!

Re: John Lee Hooker Spins Old Blues Records and Talks About

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:56 pm
by kiwiblues
Great website Jas, great articles, what a find!! :D

Re: John Lee Hooker Spins Old Blues Records and Talks About

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:51 pm
by michaelm
Mr Jas, great to see you here, man. I've got your Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists -- great stuff. This book is highly recommended to all you people who like to read about the bluesmen, much of it in their own words. IIRC, I think that there's a version of that John Lee interview in the book. If you're not the old fashioned book buying type like me, you can read Jas on the web.

Re: John Lee Hooker Spins Old Blues Records and Talks About

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:49 am
by k1w1
Thanks from me too Jas, reading your site and the Document Records suggestion, I ended up buying 5 cds of Atlanta blues. Really great articles.