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2017 Centennial Events Announced!

John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie Opening August 22, 2017, at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Miss.

CLEVELAND, MISS. (May 1, 2017) — The GRAMMY Museum®, in conjunction with the John Lee Hooker Estate, and Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music Group, will celebrate the centennial of the legendary GRAMMY®-winning bluesman with the opening of a new exhibit titled John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie, on Aug. 22, 2017, at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Miss., Hooker’s home state.

The exhibit will open on what would have been the late blues icon’s 100th birthday and will celebrate Hooker’s
lasting legacy through rare recordings, photos and one-of-a-kind artifacts. The exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of Hooker’s musical legacy that features special
releases from Craft Recordings, a conference at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., and special exhibits at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss., and the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. The exhibit’s official media partners are Oxford American and Living Blues.

“John Lee Hooker was truly a seminal blues artist. Many of his songs are part of America’s blues music treasury,” said blues historian and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY
Museum Bob Santelli. “In addition to impacting blues history, Hooker’s music influenced great rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Yardbirds and ZZ Top. We’re thrilled to honor the King of the Boogie’s legacy and tell the story of his incredible career in his own home state.”

On display at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi throughout the fall of 2017, the exhibit will feature:

*Rare and never-before-heard recordings from Hooker
*Instruments such as Hooker’s Gibson ES-335
*Hooker’s Best Traditional Blues Album GRAMMY for 1997’s Don’t Look Back, which was co-produced by Van Morrison and Mike Kappus
*Rare photos, performance outfits and more

John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie will be on display at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi from Aug. 22, 2017 through fall 2017. It will then travel to Los Angeles where it will open at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE.

“John Lee Hooker is gone but not forgotten. In collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum and our partners, the John Lee Hooker family is pleased and honored to be able to bring to the public the artifacts in this exhibit, donated not just by family but by his very dear friends and associates. This Centennial is a celebration of John Lee Hooker’s amazing life and his love of the music that he shared with the world.” — Diane Roan- Hooker and Zakiya Hooker, daughters of the
legendary blues artist.

To celebrate 100 years of Hooker’s music, Craft Recordings will issue a series of titles throughout 2017, culminating with a centennial CD box set, offering 100 career-spanning hits and rarities, plus previously unreleased material. Craft will also reissue several classic Hooker titles on 180-gram vinyl, as well as digitally, in hi-res and MFiT formats. To kick off the centennial celebrations, the label issued a 16-track collection of songs from the prime of Hooker’s career on its Vee-Jay imprint. Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker’s Finest was released March 31 on vinyl and CD, offering classic tracks from the ’50s and ’60s, including “Boom Boom” and “Dimples.”

Other organizations celebrating the centennial include the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss., which will host a special exhibit about Hooker featuring clothing, guitars, recordings, and more, opening in July. The celebration will continue through August as the museum celebrates its annual “John Lee Hooker Month” at the Delta Blues Museum. The Delta Blues Museum Band will perform Hooker’s songs when they open the 30th Annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival on Friday, Aug. 11. The festival will run through Aug. 13. More information about celebratory activities at the Delta Blues Museum can be found at

Hooker’s 1996 album, Real Folk Blues, is being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at a ceremony coordinated by The Blues Foundation on May 10 in Memphis. In addition, The Blues Foundation will be opening a new exhibit, The Rosebud Agency and Mike Kappus: 45+ Years Sharing the Music, which will include a special display of Hooker artifacts, curated by Mike Kappus, long-time manager of John Lee Hooker. That exhibit will open on May 10, in conjunction with the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and will run through October 2017.

In addition, the Fourth Annual International Conference on the Blues at Delta State University is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 3,. With an established record
of attracting internationally renowned blues scholars and GRAMMY Award-winning talent, the upcoming conference promises to deliver an extra dose of educational and celebratory flair. In partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, the International Conference on the Blues will commemorate the John Lee Hooker Centennial this year. To stay abreast of developments with the conference, visit

Media Contacts:
Crystal Larsen
GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE

Vickie Jackson
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Media Contacts for Craft Recordings:

Aaron Feterl
Reckoning PR

Todd Brodginski
Reckoning PR