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JOHN LEE HOOKER "THAT´S MY STORY" A film by Jörg Bundschuh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this loving, endearing portrait of the legendary, recently passed away blues artist John Lee Hooker, his life is described by himself, his closest friends and music colleagues, from his birthplace in Mississippi following the ups and downs of his career to the big successes. With participation of John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Famous Coachman, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Archie Hooker, John Lee Hooker jr., Maude Hooker, Zakiya Hooker, Mike Kappus, Eddie Kirkland, John Mayal, Charkie Musselwhite, Adolfo de la Parra (Canned Heat), Bonnie Raitt, Roy Rogers, Carlos Santana, Pete Sears and Pete Wolf.

That's My Story is also the title of a famous Hooker song. Its text implies many autobiographic elements. It was his way to compensate life through music. The film accompanies him musically through the last six decades by using material from the archives to the latest recordings.

John Lee Hooker was born in Mississippi as son of a reverend and cotton picker. At the age of fourteen he runs away from home, tries his luck in Memphis, later in Cincinanatti and Detroit. His music gives him a chance to cross the borders of race restrictions. Hooker itself, his friends and colleagues recall his past life – the ups and downs of his career – and his big comeback with his album The Healer, when he was already over seventy.

The story of Hooker's life is at the same time the history of Blues and its influence on British and American music from the fifties to the seventies. With hits like Boogie Chillen, Crawling King Snake, I'm in the Mood and Boom Boom he became an idol for whole generations of music makers. Especially for bands from Great Britain in the early sixties, like the Animals, The Rolling Stones and for musicians like Van Morrison, John Mayall and Eric Clapton, in the US for Bob Dylan. For the groups Canned Heat, J.Geils Band and Santana he was even something like a father figure.

His music style has always differed from the style of other Blues musicians. Maybe this is the reason he has fans in every generation over the last sixty years.

"Blues and Jazz are America's biggest tributes to the history of music" said Carlos Santana, and John Lee Hooker is the one and only "Godfather of Blues" and "King of Boogie". He died 2001 on June 21 in his house in Los Altos, California. He was 83.

 

Author and Director Joerg Bundschuh

Director of Photography Claus Gottschall, Dave Drum

Sound Mixer Claudia Katayanagi

Editor Romy Schumann

Supervising Producer Bjoern Jensen

Coproducer Hubert von Spreti (BR), Walter Greifenstein (BR)

Producer Joerg Bundschuh

A Kick Film production in coproduction with BR

Financially supported by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

''...I hated school. My school was in my heart. I never learned to read and write. I didn't want to. God taught me how. I'm a very smart person and I pick up about everything. Got the book that God gave me: knowledge and good human sense - loving people and my music. Reading books didn't get me where I am right now - my guitar!''

John Lee Hooker

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