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Screamin' Jay Hawkins' all-time greatest hits : a novel / Mark Binelli.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins' all-time greatest hits : a novel

Binelli, Mark, author. (Author).

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  • 2 copies at Grand Rapids Public Library

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781627795357
  • Physical Description: 201 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.

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Includes bibliographical references.
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He came on stage in a coffin, carried by pallbearers, drunk enough to climb into his casket every night. Onstage he wore a cape, clamped a bone to his nose, and carried a staff topped with a human skull. Offstage, he insisted he'd been raised by a tribeof Blackfoot Indians, that he'd joined the army at fourteen, that he'd defeated the middleweight boxing champion of Alaska, that he'd fathered seventy-five illegitimate children. The RB wildman Screamin' Jay Hawkins only had a single hit, the classic IPut a Spell On You, and was often written off as a clownish novelty act -- or worse, an offense to his race -- but his myth-making was legendary. In his second novel, Mark Binelli embraces the man and the legend to create a hilarious, tragic, fantastical portrait of this unlikeliest of protagonists. Hawkins saw his life story as a wild picaresque, and Binelli's novel follows suit, tackling the subject in a dazzling collage-like style. At Rolling Stone, Binelli has profiled some of the greatest musiciansof our time, and this novel deftly plays with the inordinate focus on authenticity in so much music writing about African-Americans. An entire novel built around a musician as deliberately inauthentic as Screamin' Jay Hawkins thus becomes a sort of subversive act, as well as an extremely funny and surprisingly moving one-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Hawkins, Screamin' Jay > Fiction.
African American musicians > Fiction.
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