Exhibition on John Denver’s life and profession on the Woody Guthrie Heart

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

Rhymes & Reasons: The Music of John Denver opens to the public on September 1st.

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

  • Bespoke stage costumes from Denver
  • The tuxedo he wore at 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, which was awarded to him posthumously in 1997 as the best children’s musical album for everyone on board!
  • Other artifacts related to his humanitarian and environmental work

Organized by the GRAMMY Museum, this exhibition comes to the Woody Guthrie Center underscores the links between the two artists, including a common heritage – Denver’s parents and grandparents live in Oklahoma.

A family representative and guest curator of the exhibition will have a discussion on Denver’s work 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 on October 12, 1997 in a plane crash.

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