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UT Press to Release Photography Book

Published: April 10, 2006
A rare concert by a blues legend inspired Midnight Son: A Tribute to John Lee Hooker, to be released by the UT Press on Monday, April 17. UT Press will commemorate the release with a signing party from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Plant Hall Grand Salon. Light refreshments will be served.

Photographer Timothy Kennedy captured John Lee Hooker’s summer solstice concert on June 21, 1975, in Anchorage, AK, a “land of the midnight sun” that time of year, from an unusual vantage point—onstage with the performer. Hooker had established a tradition of performing on the summer solstice every year.

Five years ago, Kennedy, a professor of communication at UT, rediscovered his negatives of that memorable 1975 performance. He decided that the event deserved to be memorialized in an exhibition. When Kennedy tried to contact Hooker to tell him of the exhibition, he learned that the legend had died on June 21, 2001, the summer solstice and anniversary of the concert.

With Monday’s release of Midnight Son, 16 duotone plates from the exhibition become available to the public in a limited, signed, cloth-bound edition.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Mathews or Sean Donnelly at (813) 253-6266 or