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Music, Hear This Garland Jeffreys: Show Preview

Garland Jeffreys: Show Preview

Garland Jeffreys has made it almost to age 70 without having to prove a damn thing. This takes some doing when your music includes influences as diverse as Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. John, and reggae, the latter of which…
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Dining, SFoodie Boom Boom Room's Ginger and Wasabe (No Typo)

Boom Boom Room's Ginger and Wasabe (No Typo)

We would normally go somewhere like the Boom Boom Room to hear music, not to be turned on to a new drink we like, but we learned this week that the late blues legend John Lee Hooker's Fillmore institution is…
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Music, Reviewed John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

There's this blues song, "The Blues Had a Baby, and They Called It Rock & Roll," and paternity tests reveal the late Bay Area resident John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) to be one of its most likely fathers. Hooker is one…
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Music, Hear This Helio Sequence, John Lee Hooker Jr., Secret Chiefs 3, and ... Goldfinger? Sorry about that last one.

Helio Sequence, John Lee Hooker Jr., Secret Chiefs 3, and ... Goldfinger? Sorry about that last one.

At an early age, John Lee Hooker Jr. seemed to have it all: an almost regal pedigree, instant name recognition, and the talent to back up his father and legendary bluesmen like Jimmy Reed before his 16th birthday. But the…
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News, Feature Boogie for a New Millennium

Boogie for a New Millennium

In the 1930s, John Lee Hooker's blues rambled north from the Mississippi Delta and a decade later came crackling out of an amplifier in Detroit. Over the next half of the century, it spread eastward, westward, across genres, even generations.…
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John Lee Hooker The Complete '50s Chess Recordings (MCA/Chess) The blues is food for worms. Dead. Axe-murdered by Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and their ilk, who captured the form in the late '60s and sold the world…
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Riff Raff

Bring the Noise Live music venues are rare enough in San Francisco, but hip-hop clubs are scarcer than rubies on Twin Peaks. For years now, occasional gigs at indie rock or dance clubs have been the only sustenance for a…
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