Notes on a genius

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Bayou Maharajah - a feature length documentary - explores the extraordinary 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”.

This roller coaster portrait which arrives at Hebden Bridge Picture House on July 19/20 traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his star-studded years touring, through his outrageous solo career in America and Europe. Featuring interviews with Harry Connick Jr, Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Hugh Laurie, together with a generous helping of archival footage, the film reveals the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.