On September 29, the Centennial of John Lee Hooker’s birthday, Hooker will be honored with a new box set, King of the Boogie, featuring his classic hits plus live performances, rarities, and previous unreleased tracks. The set will be the first major collection drawing from Hooker’s extensive discography that began with Modern Records in Detroit in the late 1940s through his work with Vee Jay in Chicago in the 50s and early 60s and his all-star collaborations with friends and admirers Eric Clapton, George Thorogood, Santana, and B.B. King.  The box set will also include a 56 page book by Jas Obrecht.

In addition, the Centennial of Hooker’s birthday will be celebrated by an exhibition of photographs, guitars, and Hooker memorabilia at the GRAMMY museum in Cleveland, Mississippi. The exhibition will be on display until February 2018 when it will move to the GRAMMY museum in Los Angeles.  Hooker performed with Epiphone guitars most of his career and liked to call his Sheraton “an outdid 335.” Look for more good news from Epiphone and the John Lee Hooker Foundation soon.