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Yuriy Shevchuk, Jazz Bluesman John Lee Hooker 04 - Born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuri Shevchuk attended the Kiev Art School and the prestigious Kiev Architectural Academy. Yuriy has recorded his own experiences in his artworks: his three passions, painting, jazz and historical cars have become the focus of his paintings. Bewitched with jazz music he skillfully and rapidly sketches the cool and charming figures of musicians in action, showing the positive mood and spiritual intensity of…

Yuriy Shevchuk, Jazz Bluesman John Lee Hooker 04 - Bewitched with jazz music he skillfully and rapidly sketches the cool and charming figures of musicians in action, showing the positive mood and spiritual intensity of jazz.

Portrait of blues guitarist and singer David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States, 1942, photograph by Alan Lomax.

David “Honeyboy” Edwards - 1941 American Folklife Center AFC Library of Congress/Fisk University Mississippi Delta Collection. Photo by Alan Lomax.

John Lee Hooker by Theo Reijnders

Photo of John Lee Hooker “Music is really the thread of the memory of humankind.

"If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music".  Keith Richards

"If you don't know the blues. there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music". Keith Richards / The Rolling Stones

John Lee Hooker was one of the last links to the blues of the deep South. He moved to Detroit in the early 1940's and by 1948 had scored his first number-one jukebox hit and million-seller, "Boogie Chillun." Other hits soon followed, "I'm In The Mood," "Crawling Kingsnake," and "Boom Boom" among the biggest. During the 1950s and '60s, Vee Jay Records released a remarkable string of more than 100 of John Lee's songs.

John Lee Hooker was a highly influential American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. (John Lee Hooker was the first charcoal portrait I ever did.