DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK: Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (filmmaker in person!)

“The best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” — Dr. John

“Brilliant jazz pianist James Booker was known at various points in his career as the Black Liberace, the Ivory Emperor and Little Chopin — yet his incredible, tumultuous life has never received proper attention, until now. A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Director Lily Keber’s portrait traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy to the end, where he performed onstage in his underwear, dishing out drug-fueled conspiracy theories. Featuring interviews with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, as well as a generous helping of archival footage, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.” (Outfest) Filmmaker Lily Keber in person, Q&A moderated by music critic Chris Morris!
Dir. Lily Keber, 2013, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker”!
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