Detroit History Podcast: John Lee Hooker And The Hastings Street Blues
John Lee Hooker’s recording career spanned more than 40 years — from his first hit record, “Boogie Chillen'”, which was recorded in a Detroit basement in 1948, to his Grammy Award-winning LP The Healer. Hooker is a total product of Detroit’s Black Bottom, the city’s African-American neighborhood.
This podcast tracks his career, with help from John Lee Hooker’s son, John Lee Hooker Jr.;arsha Music, whose father, Joe von Battle, owned Joe’s Record Shop, one of Hooker’s hangouts. Detroit musician R.J. Spangler places Hooker in this country’s blues galaxy. Stick around after the credits for a preview of John Lee Hooker Jr.’s new song: Testify.