2002. John Lee Hooker. “That’s My Story”. DVD.

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2002. John Lee Hook­er. “That’s My Sto­ry”. DVD.

Aired on TV 2001. A doc­u­men­tary about John Lee Hooker’s life, which also fea­tures a con­cert I played with him at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. I was inter­viewed for the film at the show.
From the DVD lin­er notes:
A teenage run­away who nev­er went to school, John Lee Hook­er had trou­ble spelling his name, even into his eight­ies. But, despite these hum­ble begin­nings, John Lee Hook­er is today con­sid­ered one of the most influ­en­tial musi­cians of the 20th cen­tu­ry — the God­fa­ther of the Blues, the King of the Boo­gie.
John Lee Hook­er will ever be remem­bered as one of the most influ­en­tial musi­cians of the 20th cen­tu­ry. Filmed just a few years before his death, JOHN LEE HOOKER: THAT’S MY STORY takes audi­ences inside the life and times of this Blues leg­end and the music that influ­enced a ris­ing gen­er­a­tion of rock­ers.
John Lee tells the tale him­self, with help from his fam­i­ly, clos­est friends, and musi­cal col­leagues includ­ing Eric Clap­ton, Bon­nie Raitt, Car­los San­tana, Pete Sears, and Robert Cray. From hum­ble begin­nings as the son of a share­crop­per, through his expe­ri­ences tour­ing the Jim Crow South, to his per­for­mances in San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room toward the end of his life, this film chron­i­cles the jour­ney that ulti­mate­ly estab­lished Hook­er as Blues roy­al­ty. Rare and cap­ti­vat­ing live per­for­mance footage includes Hook­er play­ing Blues favorites “That’s My Sto­ry,” “Boom Boom,” “Boo­gie Chillen,” and the Gram­my Award-win­ning “I’m in the Mood” duet with Bon­nie Raitt..

DVD Fea­tures
John Lee Hook­er Biog­ra­phy; Inter­ac­tive Menus; Scene Selec­tion.

Reviews
“There are no superla­tives to describe the pro­found impact John Lee left in our hearts… When I was a child, he was the first cir­cus I want­ed to run away with.”
— Car­los San­tana. — with John Lee Hook­er.

 

 

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