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Screamin Jay Hawkins All-Time Greatest Hits Mark Binelli Turns His Sharp, Forceful Prose To Fiction, In An Inventive Retelling Of The Outrageous Life Of Screamin Jay Hawkins, A Bluesman With One Hit And A String Of Inflammatory GuisesHe 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 Tribe Of 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 I Put 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 Musicians Of 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Screamin Jay Hawkins All-Time Greatest Hits
  • Mark Binelli
  • 01 April 2017
  • 9781627795357

About the Author: Mark Binelli

Mark Binelli is the author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be and the novels Screamin Jay Hawkins All Time Greatest Hits and Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die as well as a contributing editor at Rolling Stone Born and raised in the Detroit area, he lives in New York City.


10 thoughts on “Screamin Jay Hawkins All-Time Greatest Hits

  1. says:

    Unlike the genres of speculative fiction and alternate histories, where one certainly understands the broader contemplation aroused by playing what if games, I ve never really understood the purpose of or even what is meant by fictional biographies The very idea of the genre has a certain creepiness attached to it, like the later historical books by Bob Woodward covering the Bush years, where the author admits to manufacturing White House conversations out of whole cloth Sure, we all love a good story, but what is the purpose of turning lives actually lived into modern unreliable myths It seems as though Screamin Jay Hawkins All Time Greatest Hits follows the trajectory of the life of its protagonist fairly closely The book has bite sized vignettes making up brief chapters that are easy to read, full of good writing, and telling interesting tales, such as the reunion of illegitimate children of Hawkins, his years in World War II stationed on a Pacific island near New Guinea, and a few hilarious road tales But what are we suppose...

  2. says:

    Jalacy Hawkins, aka Screaming Jay Hawkins, was born in Cleveland Ohio, in 1929 He is known, for exactly one classic song I Put a Spell on You.This novel, looks at his life, which is filled with the epic mythmaking, Hawkins created for himself, along with his outrageous, stage show He would arrive on stage, in a co...

  3. says:

    This is a strange book It s a fictionalized meditation on aspects of the life of Screamin Jay Hawkins who is remembered primarily for the song I Put a Spell On You Screamin Jay was perhaps the first cross over rock and roll artist to employ truly outrageous theatrical effects being carried on sta...

  4. says:

    Binelli s fact and fiction approach in examining the lives of musical figures is not new try Geoff Dyer s 1995 BUT BEAUTIFUL for an earlier, deeper, and poetic example , but he puts it to work nicely in this irreverent, bre...

  5. says:

    This title is quite different from what I usually read I am a pretty eclectic sort, too It is pretty quirky and I do have a fondness for quirk So it gets 4 stars.

  6. says:

    Screamin Jay Hawkins All Time Greatest Hits A Novel is a colorful exciting biographical music novel with a flair of supernatural intrigue, authored by Mark Binelli The contributing editor of Rolling Stone and Men s Journal, Bindelli s work has been featured in the NYT and other notable publications, he has authored novels and bestselling non fiction about Detroit, Michigan where he was raised and currently resides in New York.There was a note found with the infant abandoned at the Cleveland St Jude orphanage in 1929, likely from his mother saying she had been disowned by her family, and she called her baby Jalacey Eventually adopted by a loving minority family, they provided Jalacey with swimming and piano lessons, exposure to opera he attended school at the Cleveland Institute of Music Underage, Hawkins joined the Army in 1943 and served during WWII Hawkins music career began in Atlantic City following his military service in 1951 Billing himself as a singer or piano player, quite an entertainer, he toured with many popular acts including The Fat Man Fats Domino Hawkins quickly gained confidence with the ladies his pick up line, Why don t you come upstairs The emperor needs a male heir got a drink tossed in his face, but most often the lady would change her mind ...

  7. says:

    This book was a brilliantly put together collection of stories about the life of Jalacy Hawkins Initially, I began thinking that it was a biography, even though the front said novel, but I realized that how Jay lived was the part that was supposed to be fiction Jay Hawkins in notorious for something called self mythologizing, where he would make up stories about himself Like how he was raised by wolves in the woods until he was 8, or how he fathered 76 children, or how he could talk to birds I soon realized that the book was referring to his stories when it talked about his hits Mark Binelli does an excellent job of painting a vivid picture of just how crazy his life really was, and I think his writing real...

  8. says:

    This is a rather experimental fictional biography of one of the world s biggest storytellers and most unknowable musicians, Screaming Jay Hawkins Binelli puts his journalism background to good use and the known facts of Hawkins life shine through as we move through childhood, military service, years on the road, brief stardom, jail time, and obscurity not necessarily in that order The tone is pitched just right for a biographical novel on Rock and Roll s own wild man, and the change in tone ...

  9. says:

    Fascinating, hilarious, and quite sad all at once Parts of the narrative were about as surreal as expected, but only parts Only a few segments a bit after the middle struck me as the kind of reality bending weirdness the synopsis promised For the most part, the book reads as a standard biography of a famous person, that duly debunks a number of myths and assum...

  10. says:

    Screamin Jay Hawkins was an early pioneer of the shock rock style of performing, during his prime he would be carried onto the stage in a closed coffin from which he would emerge and begin performing, often adding aspects of magic or voodoo into his stage act He came from an era when entertainers often embellished or, just as often, completely created their own biographical backstory from half truths or complete fiction Screamin Jay Hawkins All Time Greatest Hits by Mark Binelli is very clearly categorized as a novel on the front cover I m guessing but I don t actually know that this means some of the things related in the book have been enhanced or recreated to give a better understanding of how young Jalacy Hawkins of Cleveland, Ohio became the wild entertainer known as Screamin Jay Hawkins Then again, the way it s written it could be a case of fiction sprinkled with truth It is difficult to tell, at times, where fact ends and fiction begins or rather it is difficult to say how much of the truth is true For example the claim that Hawkins was repeatedly visited by the ghost of Jimmy Gilchrist, the man whose death was responsible for his big break opening on tour for Fats Domino or just how much of his stage costume and manner might have been inspired by a chance nighttime encounter with a Kumbai tribesman in New Guinea and then there is Hawkins claim to have sired over 70 ch...

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