As mentioned in the inaugural Videodrome post last month, the recurring series is an effort to highlight some of the more exceptional videos and/or performances we stumble upon out there in the ether. This week we’re looking at some footage from 1968 — an intimate live performance of Booker T. & The MG’s doing “Booker-Loo” in (what looks like) some kinda funky-ass Parisian nightclub. Let’s figure out that whole time-machine thing already so we can get in on this action.
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6 Responses to “Booker T. & The MG’s :: Booker-Loo (1968)”

  1. It was actually a New Year’s Eve show for French TV called Surprise Partie, if I’m not mistaken. There’s a bootleg of the entire show floating around. There are great performances from The Who, Small Faces, Pink Floyd & others on it.

  2. Aw yeah! I was lucky enough to see Booker T. recently, but it was of course nothing like this.

  3. I remember catching them at the Winter Island Music Festival in Salem, MA many years back. They were the act the other musicians stopped to watch.

  4. Oh damn is that good. Much looser than most of the live Memphis Group I’ve heard. The DVD of the Stax-Volt revue in — where is it? Oslo? — is wonderful, but they’re not cooking like this. Thanks so much for finding this.

  5. That.
    Was.
    EPIC!

  6. [...] This clip is of Booker T. & the MGs in a nightclub in Paris (1968). Listening to solely the audio from this performance is plenty enjoyable, but adding the video of the weird, funky setting adds more information and, ultimately, more meaning to the music. As said succinctly by the author: “Let’s figure out that whole time-machine thing already so we can get in on this action.” [...]

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