John Lee Hooker Traveling Exhibit

Tulsa, OK

Woody Guthrie Art Center

John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie

The remarkable work of blues legend John Lee Hooker will be the focus of the newest exhibit opening in May at the Woody Guthrie Center.

The exhibit, presented by the GRAMMY Museum® in conjunction with the John Lee Hooker Estate and Craft Recordings, highlights Hooker’s influential body of work, who influenced generations of musicians and expanded the scope of American music. The exhibit, which debuted in Hooker’s home state at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, is open now in Tulsa with a special member event featuring Hooker’s daughter, Zakiya Hooker.

On display through Aug. 4, the exhibit will include, among other items:

• Instruments such as the Gibson ES-335, Hohner HJ5 Jazz, and custom Washburn HB35, all of which were played by Hooker

• The Best Traditional Blues Recording GRAMMY® Hooker won, with Bonnie Raitt, for “I’m In The Mood” at the 32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1990

• Hooker’s Best Traditional Blues Album GRAMMY Award for Don’t Look Back, which was co-produced by Van Morrison and Mike Kappus and won at the 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1998

• A letter to Hooker from former President Bill Clinton

• The program from Hooker’s memorial service, which took place on June 27, 2001, in Oakland, Calif.

• Rare photos of Hooker with B. B. King, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Roy Rogers, and Carlos Santana

• Clothing items and performance outfits worn by Hooker

“The impact and influence that John Lee Hooker had on music is undeniable, and the Woody Guthrie Center is proud to share his incredible life with our guests,” said Deana McCloud, executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center. “He was not only a primary influence on American blues music, but also on many rock bands. Like Woody, his legacy remains alive through the contemporary artists who follow in his footsteps, and we are so pleased to be sharing this exhibit to highlight his amazing career and living legacy.”

“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.” said Hooker’s daughters Diane Hooker-Roan and Zakiya Hooker.

For more information about the exhibit or the Woody Guthrie Center, contact Deana McCloud at