Rhymes & Reasons: The Music of John Denver (Tulsa)

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Photo by Tim Bonea, courtesy Woody Guthrie Center

Through Jan 7 at Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa  

From woodyguthriecenter.org: The work of celebrated singer, songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian John Denver will be on display this fall at the Woody Guthrie Center. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, Rhymes & Reasons: The Music of John Denver opens with a special reception Aug. 31 and to the public Sept. 1.

With iconic songs and their soaring landscapes, Denver’s diligent activism and selfless humanitarian work, the exhibit will present the GRAMMY®-winning musician’s career through artifacts from the private collection of the John Denver estate. Some of the items to be displayed include:

  • Custom-designed stage costumes worn by Denver
  • The tuxedo he wore to host the 22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 1979
  • His round, vintage “granny glasses”
  • Handwritten lyrics for his folk classic “Calypso,” among others
  • Guitars played by Denver
  • Photographs from his archive
  • Denver’s GRAMMY that he was awarded posthumously in 1997 for Best Musical Album for Children for All Aboard!
  • Other artifacts related to his humanitarian and environmental work

Bringing the work of John Denver to the home of Woody Guthrie’s archive highlights the connections between the two artists’ prolific writing and extensive activism, as well as a shared heritage: Denver’s parents and grandparents lived in Oklahoma.

For more information visit woodyguthriecenter.org.

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