Program Description: John Denver is one of America’s greatest country-folk singer/songwriters. With over 30 albums in his discography, Denver was more than just a performer. He was an actor, environmentalist, and humanitarian whose efforts continue to be celebrated. He had a raw talent and unique ability to capture the essence of everyday issues through music that seemed to flow from him with deep conviction, especially through the song, Take me Home, Country Roads which is one of the four state anthems of West Virginia.
Bio: Robert Santelli was named Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles in 2006. Under his leadership, the Museum opened new museums in three domestic markets, curated over 65 exhibits, many of which traveled internationally; produced over 600 public programs; and formed educational partnerships with the White House and The Kennedy Center. Santelli is a noted blues and rock historian, contributing to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, smong other periodicals, as well as the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings From E Street and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, both New York Times bestsellers. Santelli was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, moving to Cleaveland in 1995 to become the museum’s first Director of Education and Vice President of Public Programs. In 2000, he bacame CEO of the Experience Music Project (now MoPOP) in Seattle, the first-ever interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK’s first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. In 2012, Santelli co-produced Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, which earned him a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Historical Album. Following the Merger of the GRAMMY museum and the GRAMMY Foundation in 2017, Santelli wa named Founding Executive Director and currently oversees the Museum’s outside projects and traveling exhibits.
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