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Bayou Maharajah 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.”

Bayou Maharajah 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.” This roller coaster portrait traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his star-studded years touring and playing as a sideman, through his outrageous solo career in America and Europe. First-person narrators lead the viewers through Booker’s unbelievable onstage performances, occasionally in his underwear, dishing out drug-fueled conspiracy theories. Featuring interviews with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, together with a generous helping of archival footage, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing and forgotten musician.

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Runtime:
90 minutes

Producer(s):
Lily Keber, Nate Kohn, Stephen Rose, Mark Sperling

Director(s):
Lily Keber

Production Year
2013

Type
Feature

Genre
Documentary

Stage
Distribution

Website:
bayoumaharajah.com

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