Exhibition of John Denver’s Life, Profession on the Woody Guthrie Middle

The Woody Guthrie Center announced that the newest exhibit in Tulsa will feature the late John Denver.

Rhymes & Reasons: John Denver’s music will open to the public on September 1st.

The exhibit shows the Grammy Award winner’s career through items from the Denver estate, including:

  • Bespoke stage costumes from Denver
  • The tuxedo he wore to host the 22nd annual GRAMMY Awards® in 1979
  • His round vintage grandma glasses
  • Handwritten texts for, among other things, his folk classic “Calypso”
  • Guitars played by Denver
  • Photographs from his archive
  • Denver’s GRAMMY that it was posthumously recognized for Best Children’s Music Album for All On Board in 1997!
  • Other artifacts related to his humanitarian and environmental work

This exhibition, organized by the GRAMMY Museum, comes to the Woody Guthrie Center highlights the connections between the two artists, including a shared heritage – Denver’s parents and grandparents live in Oklahoma.

A representative of the family and visiting curator of the exhibition will hold a discussion on the work of Denver during an opening reception for members and donors of the Woody Guthrie Center on August 31, a press release said.

Denver was born on December 31, 1943 and tragically died in a plane crash on October 12, 1997.

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