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Exclusive: Poster For SXSW Rock Doc 'Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 6, 2013 at 9:59AM

There are a lot of things to take in at SXSW -- BBQ, beer, movies and just the general vibe of Austin, Texas in the spring. But just as integral is the music. As usual, each year the SXSW Film Festival dedicates a section of their programming to movies and documentaries about music, and one that might be worth tracking down between platters of ribs is a film about who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced."
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 Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

There are a lot of things to take in at SXSW -- BBQ, beer, movies and just the general vibe of Austin, Texas in the spring. But just as integral is the music. As usual, each year the SXSW Film Festival dedicates a section of their programming to movies and documentaries about music, and one that might be worth tracking down between platters of ribs is a film about who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced."

Director Lily Keber's "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker" will be unspooling at SXSW, and we've got the exclusive poster below, and it pretty clearly lays out why Booker fascinated many. Indeed, while Booker's unique characteristics may have marginalized him, his fusion of sacred, pop and classical music in the '60s and '70s still scored him a following, and the roster of interview subjects in the documentary is a testament to that. Harry Connick Jr., Hugh Laurie (who is also a blues musician when off set), Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, soul legend Irma Thomas and more feature in 'Bayou Maharajah.'

The documentary will make its world premiere on March 14th at the Topfer Theater at ZACH. Check out the full poster below.

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, exclusive poster

This article is related to: Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, SXSW Film Festival, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)


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