Interesting day, and I'm ignoring my wife to post this. I happened on a Dangerous Minds Article this morning that was focused on a recently discovered live performance of John Lee Hooker. There were other things I could have done, but I decided to just look at that. Damn...I realized that I had a lot of work to do.
We tend to forget often that Hooker was not a part of the Chicago Blues scene...He was a motor city blues man -- a rougher, grittier sound and a bit closer to the Delta than the Loop. While eventually the Motor City Blues led to Motown, that route was pretty convoluted. But, if you want to hear the influence of John Lee Hooker and others check out some early Bob Seeger, or Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels or MC5's legendary Lick Out the Jams, Motherfucker from 1967.
Now the Link takes you over to my piece at The Defeatists which has a helluva lot of music embedded in it. And, as is normal with me, some politics, circa 1958 and 1947. Anyway, God does love a Boogie-Man, and John Lee Hooker was a notoriously nice gentleman, shy and nothing like the surly precursor to RunDMC that he appeared. And the music, damn...I really need to practice more.