By Mac Rebennack, Jack Rummel
Under a Hoodoo Moon is considered one of rock's most unusual and infectious autobiographies. In its pages, Dr. John, the alchemist of latest Orleans psychedelic funk, tells his tale, and what a narrative it really is: of 4 many years at the highway, at the charts, out and in of difficulty, yet regularly steeped within the piano-based soulful grind of latest Orleans rhythmn & blues of which he's the acknolwedged excessive guru. From formative years as a prodigal prodigy between Fifties legends from Little Richard and fat Domino to sesssions with the Rolling Stones and the Band; from recording studio to juke joint to reformatory to global excursions; from Mac Rebennack to Dr. John the evening Tripper, this can be the testomony of our funkiest rock storyteller. packed with wit and wordplay, stories of hoodoo saints and high-living sinners, Under a Hoodoo Moon casts a spell as demanding to withstand as Mardi Gras itself.
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