Monthly Archives: October 2010

John Lee Hooker: The Complete Living Blues Interviews

For sixty years, John Lee Hooker ruled as the world’s baddest boogieman and one of the most idiosyncratic performers in blues history. While he cut more than a hundred albums with some of the finest blues musicians, his music always centered on his mesmerizing voice, propulsive guitar, and rhythmic foot taps. Like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin’ Hopkins, he was a musical law unto himself and a link to early blues. “With John Lee, there’s a break in the continuity of styles,” Keith Richards once told me. “What he picked up has got to come from one generation further back than anybody else, and John Lee can still make it work.” Continue reading