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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor what would have been Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday tomorrow Tuesday, November 27th with a Gallery Talk in the Jimi Hendrix exhibit at 2 p.m.

Visitors can then head over the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives to learn more about one of rock music’s most talented artists.  The Library and Archives houses more than 300 Hendrix related items including videos, audio recordings, books and more.

Highlights of the permanent Hendrix exhibit at the Rock Hall include:

  • Hendrix Family Couch, c. 1960
  • Jimi Hendrix’s  Electric Guitar, 1970 Fender Stratocaster and a 1967 Gibson Flying V
  • Jacket and Pants that he wore at the Love and Peace Festival on the Isle of Fehmarn, Germany, on September 6, 1970. That show was Hendrix’s final concert appearance. , c. 1970
  • Jimi Hendrix’s Boots, c. 1969
  • Priest’s Robe, 1967
  • Drawings from Hendrix’s childhood: According to his father, Jimi would “sit down at a table and get out some crayons or an ordinary pencil and draw. He never had art classes [but] he had a good hand and his own ideas and imagination. At one time he thought about being a commercial artist.” Drawings include:
  • Knight on Horse, 1955
  • Rock and Roll Band, 1955
  • Birth of Storm, 1955
  • Daddy Sleeping – 1st Pose, 1958

Visitors can check out the free Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives where they can sign up for a library card and browse through Hendrix-related books, watch Hendrix videos including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more.  To access the catalog:

About Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27th, 1942, in Seattle (his name was changed to James Marshall Hendrix four years later). As a child, he was drawn to normal boyhood interests, like football and baseball, as well as more creative pursuits.  He was an avid artist; his father still has dozens of drawings and paintings that Jimi did as a child.  He wrote poetry and showed an interest in music early on.  When he was 16, his father bought him his first guitar.  Shortly thereafter, he began playing with various bands, including the Rocking Kings, around the Seattle area.

After a brief stint in the Army – he was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne – Hendrix hit the road with a succession of club bands and as a backup musician for such rhythm & blues artists as Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, the Impressions  and Sam Cooke.  In 1966 he was discovered by Chas Chandler, the former Animals bassist, while performing at New York’s Cafe Wha? with his group, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.  Chandler became Hendrix’s manager and brought him to England, where he absorbed the nascent psychedelic movement, changed the spelling of his first name to “Jimi” and formed a trio, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded three landmark albums — Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland — in a year and a half.  Hendrix’s theatrical, incendiary performances at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals, including the ceremonial torching of his guitar at Monterey, have become part of rock and roll legend.  Under extreme pressure due to their nonstop work and sudden celebrity, the trio broke up in early 1969.  Hendrix commenced work on a projected double album and debuted a new trio, Band of Gypsys, at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve 1969.  Hendrix performed his last concert at the Isle of Fehmarn, Germany, on September 6, 1970 (though he joined Eric Burdon and War onstage on September 16 at Ronnie Scott’s in London).  On September 18, he died from suffocation, having inhaled vomit due to barbiturate intoxication.

In the wake of Hendrix’s death, a flood of posthumous albums – everything from old jams from his days as an R&B journeyman to live recordings from his 1967-1970 prime to previously unreleased or unfinished studio work – hit the market.  In the late Nineties, after years of lawsuits, Hendrix’s family finally gained control of his music and have begun releasing his catalog in an organized fashion just as the guitarist originally intended.

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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