In the tradition of the great whorehouse piano players of New Orleans was James Booker, the Bayou Maharajah: "When he played the piano, any and all songs could come from the notes. Everything from the Godfather theme to the works of Ernesto Lecuona to Beethoven to the rawest, gutbucket, junker blues of back o' town New Orleans, many times all in the same song." Link "This is the same guy who studied yoga while he was in Angola State Prison on a dope charge. When a guard spied him doing a head stand, Booker told him he was proving that he could do his time standing on his head." Link
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.