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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 21 | volume IV | June-July, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 21June-July, 2001
Sound Reviews

“The Healer” went into the Light

John Lee Hooker (1917-2001)

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Ljupčo Jolevski

John Lee Hooker, the blues musician that rolled his dirty boogie in enchanting rhythm, was also the author of the definitely loneliest and the most suggestive songs of the 20th century.

John Lee Hooker

    “… There are no superlatives to describe the deep impact and influence that John Lee Hooker left in our hearts. All of us, who at least once were touched by the rhythm of his music, we feel so great gratitude, respect, admiration and love towards him and his spirit. When I was a child, he was the first who made me to pull my fingers through the strings. Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Lightnin' Hopkins were the fundaments for all of my music. The work on his albums “The Healer” and “Chill Out”, as well as our joint performance on several Blues Festivals are the most precious thing I carry inside me!” – claims Carlos Santana, immediately after the news on the death of the 83 years old Hooker, one of the greatest legends of the blues and the contemporary music in general.
    The story of the great John Lee Hooker – the mortal who didn’t make to see the sunrise of the June 22, this God given year of 2001, the mortal who – dreaming in his home in Los Altos, California – USA, turned into the ray of light living behind himself a fruitful and by many things amazingly exciting life. Born on August 17, 1917 at one of the cotton farms near Clarksdale, Mississippi as one of the 11 children in the family of the local priest, sang Gospel in the church were his father preached, and the blues and his own “country boogie” he “encountered” in the home of his stepfather William Moore, where the local blues-”beasts” were gathering to listen to the popular blues records at the time. He started to play on a kind of home-made string instrument, and soon on the guitar. He lives home on age of 14 and starts to realize his wish to be a professional musician through the clubs by the river of Mississippi. “I was young and sure of myself. That’s why I left at night, not to be seen. I was convinced that I will succeed!” – says Hooker in one of his interviews much later, recalling his beginnings. In Memphis he wanders through the local cinemas and performs with the blues-musicians like Robert Nighthawk. At the end of

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