Boogie Man



Around 1946, John Lee Hooker lived in a converted shed near Orleans and Monroe, in the heart of Black Bottom.
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Urban Renewal wiped the slate clean in the early 60's. The area was turned into parks and box-like housing by Modernist Mies van der Rohe or inspired by him. Hooker's converted shed was across the street from a stable. The stable stunk so bad he would help clean it out just so his family didn't have to smell it.

He had to live in a modified shed because this was the only part of the city blacks were allowed to live, and population-wise, it was bursting at the seams. Detroit was a pressure cooker.

This is where John Lee first started getting really serious about his boogie. He shared the shack with another couple so he had to practice on the back steps.
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