Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits (Paperback)
He came onstage in a coffin carried by pallbearers, with a bone clamped to his nose and a staff topped with a human skull. Offstage, he insisted that he'd been raised by a tribe of Blackfoot Indians, that he'd defeated the boxing champion of Alaska, that he'd fathered seventy-five illegitimate children. The R&B wild man 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. But his mythmaking was legendary.
In this inventive retelling, Mark Binelli embraces the man and the legend to create a comic, tragic, fantastical portrait of this unlikeliest of protagonists. Hawkins saw his life as a riotous picaresque, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits does it justice, in a dazzling collage of hilarity and heartbreak.
About the Author
MARK BINELLI is the author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be and the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! as well as a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he lives in New York City.