How to Listen to John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada on Sunday 20 August 1978. Photo: Jean-Luc Ourlin

Get the quaint arrogance of the title! How to listen! It apes old-fashioned dogmatic ideas of improvement, or something. It’s surely one of those deliberately misleading titles and the article won’t be anything about anything. Who needs to have somebody try to tell them how to appreciate, I mean especially primitive visceral stuff, blues, rock & roll, anyhow? Those ideas are long gone, daddio. I don’t mean primitive in a derogatory…