Book Chronicles Blues Legend’s Performance

Published: May 1, 2006
A rare concert by a blues legend inspired Midnight Son: A Tribute to John Lee Hooker, released by the UT Press on April 17. UT Press commemorated the release with a signing party in the Plant Hall Grand Salon.

Photographer Timothy Kennedy, a professor of communication, 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 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 the release of Midnight Son, 16 duotone plates from the exhibition became available to the public in a limited, signed, cloth-bound edition.

Contact Dr. Richard Mathews or Sean Donnelly at x 6266 or utpress@ut.edu to purchase a copy. The book also can be ordered from the UT Press online catalog at http://utpress.ut.edu.