Jun 26, 2023
In this fascinating episode of Ultraculture, host Jason Louv sits down with Steve Bergsman, the author of "I Put a Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins." This book brings together hundreds of interviews with the larger-than-life musician Screamin' Jay Hawkins, his family, and bandmates to weave a new tale of the life of this seminal rock and roll pioneer.
In our conversation, Steve dives into the life of Screamin’ Jay, a man who was as enigmatic as he was influential. Known for his haunting performances where he emerged from a coffin singing “I Put A Spell On You,” Screamin’ Jay has long captivated audiences and left an indelible mark on the landscape of music and black identity.
Join us as Steve shares insights into Screamin’ Jay's self-created myth and the nearly unbelievable truth of his life, drawing from his extensive research and interviews. This episode is a must-listen for any fan of rock and roll history, music lovers, or anyone interested in the complex interplay between identity and performance.
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