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Mark Binelli: "Screamin' Jay Hawkin's All-Time Greatest Hits" | Talks at Google

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The R&B wildman Screamin' Jay Hawkins only had a single hit, the classic "I Put a Spell On You," and was often written off as a novelty act -- or worse, an offense to his race -- but his myth-making was legendary. Mark Binelli embraces the man and legend to create a fantastical portrait of this unlikeliest of protagonists. At Rolling Stone, Binelli has profiled some of the greatest musicians of our time, and this novel plays with the focus on "authenticity" in much music writing about African-Americans. Binelli is the author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be and Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! as well as contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men's Journal.
This talk was hosted by Boris Debic.
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