Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 on November 27th, and in celebration, the Experience Music Project Museum located in his hometown of Seattle, will unveil a major new exhibit in his honor.
Endorsed by Experience Hendrix, the family run company that oversees his legacy, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London focuses on Jimi’s arrival in London in September 1966, his rise to prominence on the British pop charts and his subsequent return to America in June 1967 when his performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival helped put him on the world stage.
Highlights from the exhibit, which are now on display at The Hospital Club in London through August 31st, include rare costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics, photographs and albums, along with never-before-seen artifacts from the estate of Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. What remains of the guitar that Hendrix smashed at the conclusion of his famous performance at London’s Saville Theater on June 4th, 1967 will also be one of the iconic pieces of rock history on display at the EMP museum in Seattle.
The EMP museum will organize commemorative programs and events throughout the year to mark major milestones in Hendrix’s career, including the 45th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival and the release of Purple Haze. The EMP exhibit opens on November 17th and does not yet have a confirmed end date.
Ryan Bergh – 98.5 WNCX