John Lee Hooker Gets His Own Stamp--In Tanzania

Although blues great John Lee Hooker's 75th birthday was August 22 , he

finally got around to celebrating it the other day in Long Beach,

California, billing it as "Cook With The Hook." The invitation, which we at

ATN were privileged to receive, invited one and all to come help in "the

celebration of a truly original musician, we'll chill out, have fun, relax

and take the sun--safely--break bread, breasts, links and simmer down." If

that didn't sound kinky enough--one could also take a gander at the new

limited edition John Lee Hooker postage stamp issued by the Tanzanian Postal

Authority. This was a rare personal appearance for the bluesman, who rarely

makes any personal appearances anymore, unless they're for charity, or just

pickin' with some friends.