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Available 5 December 2016 (ish) - Jimpress 109

Jimpress 109

84 glossy pages in full colour. Order now.

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From The Benjamin Franklin Studios

Parts 1-3 are now sold out. We have found a couple of copies of Part 4. If you need one use the contact page please. Parts 5 and 6 are still available on the order pages.

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Available 20 August 2016 (ish) - Jimpress 108

Jimpress 108

90 pages in full colour. Order now.

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Jimi Hendrix in London

Jimi Hendrix in London

Now available again. The guide to 122 Hendrix related locations in London. Fully updated and in colour throughout.

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Available 1 March 2016 - Jimpress 107

Jimpress 107

66 pages in full colour. Order now.

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Available Now - Jimpress 106

Jimpress 106

Another 90 pages in full colour. Order now.

Ever wondered who caught the Monterey guitar? Ever wondered who the drummer was at Tinker Street? Wonder no more. Details of the forthcoming Atlanta releases, reviews of a mountain of bootlegs, and much more.

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Available Now - Jimpress 105

Jimpress 105

Another monster 72 pages in full colour. Order now.
Includes the full run down on the forthcoming Curtis Knight and the Squires release from Experience Hendrix.

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From The Benjamin Franklin Studios Part 5 and Jimpress 105

Parts 1-4 of From The Benjamin Franklin Studios are available now. Part 5 will be available in a early March. Jimpress 105 will also be available in early March.

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FROM THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STUDIOS PART 1

After some production difficulties, the bulk of the copies of FTBFS Part 1 have now been received at Jimpress Towers and all pre-orders have been shipped today, 14 January 2015. Apologies if you were one of the delayed recipients. Part 2 is expected to be shipping in mid-February but, as usual, don't hold your breath. Issue 105 of Jimpress is being prepared and should be out in late February.

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Available 15 August 2014 - Jimpress 104

Jimpress 104

Another monster 72 pages. Order now.

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Alan Douglas passes away

Alan Douglas

Controversial record producer Alan Douglas passed away in Paris, 7 June 2014. Forever to be remembered for his overseeing, and in many eyes, butchering of the Hendrix catalogue over a twenty year period he also leaves behind an enviable catalogue of other work especially in the jazz field and as a pioneer of socially aware artists like the Last Poets. He was 82.

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CAS Rockarchive - Jimi Hendrix event - London - Sunday 18 May 2014

Ray Stevenson

Classic Album Sundays and Rockarchive present The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland album listening session and exhibition. Classic Album Sundays has teamed up with Rockarchive to present a series of album listening sessions featuring legendary rock photographers such as Rockarchive founder Jill Furmanovsky amidst an exhibition setting within the Olympus Rockarchive Image Space. They will inaugurate this series with a special session featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland with photographer Ray Stevenson. Stevenson has been taking photos since 1966 and shot some of the earliest pictures of David Bowie, Marc Bolan and of course, Jimi Hendrix. His third LP was the first and only studio album to be produced and “directed” by Jimi himself. It is also an artistic high point as he had the autonomy to try new ideas. Of course there is the unfettered blend of blues, rock, pop, funk and psychedelia but there is also a heavy dose of sonic experimentation. Be first to hear Stevenson’s first hand account of his experience shooting Jimi Hendrix. Then the lights go down, the volume goes up and they play the album from beginning to end on vinyl on an audiophile hi-fi. And don’t worry – there will be a short intermission between sides B & C!

Info on Classic Album Sundays: http://classicalbumsundays.com/hendrix-rockarchive/
Ticket link: http://classicalbumsundays.com/classic-album-sundays-ticket-shop/

(Photo: Ray Stevenson © Rockarchive.)

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Jim Cummins photos recovered and set for restoration.

The archive of noted photo-journalist Jim Cummins is set for digital restoration and preservation via an innovative route. Click the image for the full story.

Jim Cummins Berfore and After

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HOW DID WE GET HERE?

The incredible 100th edition of Jimpress will be available on 1 December 2012. You can pre-order it here.
Jimpress 100

100 page celebratory bumper issue containing all the usual news, views and reviews. But more of them, of course. You might even win this (along with some far more desirable items.)
Jimpress VAN

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Kathy Etchingham

Kathy Etchingham Official Website

Kathy Etchingham now has an official website, click the image to visit. Her biography is being prepared for an ebook edition.

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Hear My Train A'Comin' - Hendrix Hits London - EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE

Hear My Train A'Comin' - Hendirx Hits London

Summer 2012 sees the arrival of a magical new exhibition in London, to celebrate what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday. Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London is presented by Seattle’s EMP Museum..

The exhibition focuses on Hendrix’s quick rise to prominence in the London music scene, from his arrival in the UK on September 24, 1966 to his brief return to America to play at the Monterey International Pop Festival on June 18, 1967. In less than nine months, Hendrix had transitioned from unknown guitar-slinger to darling of the British music press, and was poised on the edge of superstardom.
The Hospital Club Gallery, 24, Endell Street, London. WC2H 9HQ.
27 July - 31 August 2012

If you book through ATG use the promotional code HENDRIXATG20 to get 20% off.
http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/hear-my-train-a-comin-jimi-hendrix-hits-london/the-hospital-club-gallery/

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Jimpress 99 available now.

Jimpress 99
68 more pages of news, views and reviews.

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Aledort recreates Hendrix at Monterey in Seattle

As a part of EMP's commemoration of Monterey Pop Festival's 45th anniversary, guitarist and Guitar World Magazine Senior Editor Andy Aledort will be performing Jimi Hendrix's career-making 1967 set in its entirety, backed by Seattle musicians Mike Musberger (drums) and Andy Stoller (bass). A three-day concert held in 1967 on the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the event is largely remembered as the first major American appearance by Jimi Hendrix, and is generally regarded as launching “the summer of love.”
16 June 2012 at 14:00

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Hendrix Biopic Shooting in Ireland

Andre Benjamin as Jimi in All Is By My Side. More in Jimpress 99, out 1 July 2012.

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

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JIMPRESS 98

Jimpress 98

Issue 98 of Jimpress, another fun packed 72 pages has now mailed to subscribers. See the Current Issue page for all the low-down.

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Bob Hendrix

Experience Hendrix has issued the following press release.

Robert F. Hendrix
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
March 17, 1946 ' February 19, 2012

With great sadness, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. announces the sudden passing of Robert ('Bob') F. Hendrix, the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

As first cousin to legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, Bob Hendrix came to the support of Jimi's father, James 'Al' Hendrix and his daughter, Janie L. Hendrix in 1995 to help form Seattle-based Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and Authentic Hendrix, LLC; the companies entrusted to manage the late guitarist's music legacy. Since that time, Bob has been actively involved in day-to-day business operations recently holding the positions as the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining the Hendrix family companies full-time in 1996, Mr. Hendrix was Vice President and General Merchandise Manager at Price Costco.

Bob will be fondly remembered for his leadership and for his deep affection and his kind, caring and loyal characteristics. Always friendly and charismatic, Bob lived life to the fullest, and always touched the heart of everyone that he made contact with. His spirit will be cherished and will never cease to fade.

Mr. Hendrix is survived by his wife, Sharon; his sons Bob Jr. (and wife Cherie) and Chris (and wife Theresé), step-daughter Ashley, his sister Diane, brother Henri, multiple grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives along with many colleagues and good friends around the world.

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Jimpress 97

Jimpress 97


Issue 97 of Jimpress, once more a biggest ever issue with 92 pages this time, will be mailed to subscribers week commencing 5 September. With all the low down on the forthcoming Winterland box plus a full run down of live recordings from 1970, a myriad of disc reviews and much more.

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Are You Experienced

The country's premier tribute band are coming to a town near you.

SEPTEMBER
September 02 The Robin. Bilston. Wolverhampton
September 03 Stoney Stanton Social Club. Leicestershire
September 04 Summer Festival. Bedford Priory Park. Bedford
September 09 The Moses Gate. Farnworth. Bolton
September 10 Revolver. Birkenhead. Merseyside
September 11 Summer Festival Oxford South Park. Oxford
September 17 The Troubadour. London. "Jimi Hendrix Anniversary gig"
September 24 Colwyn FC. Colwyn Bay

OCTOBER
October 01 King Georges Hall. Blackburn
October 07 Coburgs. Ryde. Isle of Wight
October 22 The Beacon Court Tavern. Gillingham. Kent
October 28 Riverside, Newcastle
October 29 Manchester Academy. Manchester

NOVEMBER
November 04 Fibbers. York
November 05 Ku Club. Stockton on Tees
November 12 Cvetlicarna. Slovenia
November 26 The Horn. St Albans. Herts

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Matthew Jacobson

Yale University cultural historian Matthew Jacobson will lecture April 4 at Vanderbilt University on Jimi Hendrix in the context of the Civil Rights struggle.

“Can You See Me? Race, Rock and the Social Geography of the Jimi Hendrix Experience” will take place in the Community Room of Vanderbilt University’s Central Library at 4:10 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is based on a chapter of Jacobson’s current book project, Odetta’s Voice and Other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History.

Matthew Jacobson

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25 November 2010 - 10pm - TerraBlues, New York

TerraBlues

As featured in Jimpress 90, this year's Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute takes place on the 25th, again featuring Michael Powers. You can access Powers web site at www.michaelpowers.com.

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Jimpress 94
Mailed to subscribers 15 October 2010

Another bumper issue. 72 pages this time with a track by track breakdown of West Coast Seattle Boy.

Jimpress 94 West Coast Seattle Bay

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40th Anniversary

The fortieth anniversary of Jimi's passing was marked with events in most places associated with him.

Kathy Etchingham hosted a party at the Brook Street flat in London that she shared with Jimi.

Kathy hosts party at Brook Street

Across town at Ronnie Scott's, the last place Jimi stood on a stage, violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy played two nights of tribute shows.

Nigel Kennedy

Further across town Gered Mankowitz opened his exhibition at Snap Gallery.

Gered Mankowitz Exhibition

And across town in another direction The Cumberland Hotel opened its Jimi Hendrix Suite.

Jimi Hendrix suite at the Cumberland Hotel, London

In Paris the Renoma boutique opened it's tribute displaying the work of ten eminent photographers.

Renoma Boutique

On Saturday, September 18, 2010, The Museum at Bethel Woods, on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, commemorated the anniversary with a simple, solemn tribute honoring his life and music. Flowers were placed at the monument marking the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, while a special mix of Hendrix music played in the museum lobby.

Woodstock

Across the country in Jimi's home town of Seattle, Experience Music Project held a two day tribute. The focal point of the two day event was the airing of a new biography. The first airing of the film, "Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child" was introduced by Janie Hendrix. There were screenings of the biographical documentary throughout the weekend.

Experience Music Project

Leon Hendrix's daughter Tina staged a memorial concert in Jimi's honour.

Janie Hendrix

In Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pulling out nearly 50 artefacts from their archives for display in their permanent Hendrix exhibit. On display are guitars, concert posters, photographs, handbills, drawings and a couch from Jimi’s childhood home. Among the articles of Hendrix’s clothing on display is the outfit he wore at the Love and Peace Festival in Germany for what turned out to be his final concert performance on September 6, 1970. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is taking its message online in a new video web series, All Access: The Story of Rock. The first episode marks the 40th anniversary of Hendrix’s death.

While most events this year seem to honour the 40th anniversary of Jimi’s death, the Jimi Hendrix Information Management Institute plans an exhibit to celebrate Jimi’s life. Voodoo Child: The Private Collection is a display of Jimi’s personal artefacts, archival recordings, memorabilia, posters and photographs from the personal collection of Hendrix historian Ken Voss. The exhibition will be held on November 19-20 at Rubino’s Gallery, 8102 N. Georgia St., Merrillville, Indiana. The event will coincide with a 2010 Hendrix Tribute Tour stop at the Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville on November 19.

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London's 100 Club To Close

Yet another of London's most famous venues is set to close. Read this and weep:

http://www.the100club.co.uk/

How can council tax of £1000 a week not cover refuse removal?

Join the Save The 100 Club Facebook Group

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Jimpress Issue 93
Out Now!

Another 76 pages hit the mat

Jimpress 93

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The old lady is 40!

On August 24th the NY Section of the Audio Engineering Society will host a 40th Anniversary Salute to Electric Lady and the Hendrix legacy. The panel will include: Janie Hendrix, CEO/President, Experience Hendrix; Eddie Kramer, engineer of all Hendrix's recording sessions; studio architect/acoustician John Storyk who began his career with Electric Lady, and who's international Walters-Storyk Design Group has created over 3,000 studios around the globe; long time Electric Lady engineer Tony Platt (AC/DC, Foreigner), and Grammy-winning engineer Bob Margouleff (Stevie Wonder) Other guests, TBA, will include artists who have recorded at Electric Lady throughout its 40-year history.
AES New York Section Committee Member David Bialik reports, "Our goal for this dual event is to honor one of the longest-lived studios in NYC's history. And, to pay tribute to the indelible mark its founder has left on contemporary music.

"While admission is limited to 60 attendees, CBS will provide streaming of the event via the AES Website http://www.aes.org/sections/ny/ as artists, engineer/producers and studio designer reminisce about Hendrix and his studios' amazing history," Bialik concludes.

CBS will provide streaming of the event via the AES Website http://www.aes.org/sections/ny/

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Men In Black 3

Yoko Ono and Jimi Hendrix are said among those to be featured as thealiens, while Yaz is confirmed as the only one real bad guy in this
follow-up to 'Men in Black 2'.

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Hamsters!

Southend blues rock trio The Hamsters have lined up 50 UK gigs to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. Being as true as possible to the exact date of Hendrix's tragic death, the band begin their tour in mid September, which takes them up to a final gig during the Christmas period. For the full listing of dates for The Hamsters' Hendrix tour, check out The Hamsters' website, www.thehamsters.co.uk.

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About Time

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) has announced that it will honor rock legend Jimi Hendrix and founding employee George Fullerton at its fourth annual Fender Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2010, at the Tempe Center of the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. The Fender Hall of Fame was created in 2007 as an annual celebration of Fender founders, artists, leaders, innovators and other historically significant figures, and as an institution in which their contributions to the company's legacy are permanently commemorated.

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Exhibition In Paris

From September 16th to December 16th 2010, Maurice Renoma, designer, and Yazid Manou present an original exhibition about Jimi Hendrix, gathering the work of 10 photographers: Jean-Noël Coghe, Alain Dister, Claude Gassian, Bob Lampard, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Gered Mankowitz, Dominique Petrolacci, Jean-Louis Rancurel, Christian Rose and Dominique Tarlé. Get over to Renoma, the mythical boutique at Rue de la Pompe.

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JIMPRESS ISSUE 92
Mailing to subscribers 15 June
Another 80 page monster edition hits the mat.

Jimpress 92

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IN FOCUS
Portraits from music, film, and sport
by Noreen Denzil

In Focus


Proud Central
32 John Adam Street
21-26 June 11:00-19:00

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FIRE!
Out 7 June 2010
UK only

Jimi Hendrix Fire

1. Purple Haze 2:51
2. Hey Joe 3:29
3. Fire 2:43
4. All Along The Watchtower 3:58
5. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 5:12
6. Crosstown Traffic 2:19
7. Foxy Lady 3:18
8. Valleys Of Neptune 4:02
9. Are You Experienced 4:14
10. The Wind Cries Mary 3:20
11. Freedom 3:25
12. Red House 3:50
13. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp 3:39
14. Wait Until Tomorrow 3:00
15. Little Wing 2:24
16. Sunshine Of Your Love 6:45
17. Castles Made Of Sand 2:47
18. Angel 4:22
19. Bleeding Heart 6:20
20. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) 6:04

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‘This is my first real home of my own’¹ - Jimi Hendrix, 1968

JIMI HENDRIX’S LONDON HOME TO OPEN AS NEW EXHIBITION MARKS THE
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

HENDRIX IN BRITAIN TRACES HENDRIX’S RISE TO FAME IN THE UK

‘This is my first real home of my own’¹ - Jimi Hendrix, 1968

A new exhibition exploring the London life, music, performances and enduring legacy of Jimi Hendrix opens on 25 August 2010 at Handel House Museum. Hendrix in Britain commemorates the 40th anniversary of Hendrix’s death on 18 September 1970 and runs from 25 August to 7 November 2010. The exhibition takes place at Handel House Museum at 25 Brook Street, the Mayfair townhouse in which composer George Frideric Handel lived and worked for 36 years. He wrote his most popular and enduring music, including Messiah, in the house and died there in 1759. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix moved into the top floor flat of 23 Brook Street, with his English girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, and it became his home during long periods of playing in many venues across town. The 23 Brook Street flat is now used as the administrative offices of Handel House Museum. But, to mark the anniversary, it will be opened to the public for a 12-day stretch during the run of the exhibition, including the 18 September anniversary date. Previously, the flat has only been open for guided tours on specific one-off dates. To accommodate the special opening, Museum staff will move out temporarily, taking their office furniture and equipment with them, to allow visitors to tour the rooms in which Hendrix lived, wrote, played and entertained many of his contemporaries during an important and prolific period in his life.

Tickets for visits to Hendrix’s flat (including admission to the exhibition) can be booked from Tuesday 1 June 2010 at 9.00am at www.seetickets.com/events

Hendrix in Britain will explore several aspects of Jimi Hendrix’s life and career. Featuring exhibits rarely seen or never previously displayed in the UK, as well as a host of images, film clips and music, the exhibition will trace his rise to fame, his songwriting craft, his extraordinary guitar playing and his lasting impact on music and popular culture. Among the items on display will be handwritten lyrics; a distinctive orange velvet jacket and Westerner hat worn by Hendrix in performance, on film and in album photography; Hendrix’s scrawled travel directions to the Isle of Wight Festival, scene of his final significant performance in August 1970; and UK concert memorabilia. Full details of exhibits will be confirmed as the opening date approaches.

Sarah Bardwell, Director of Handel House Museum, said ‘We are excited to be celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix. After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find. Clearly he was intrigued by the connection and we’re pleased to be celebrating his own legacy today. We are delighted to be opening up the flat which was a true home base to Hendrix during his seemingly endless schedule of touring in the UK and elsewhere.’ Brought to London by manager Chas Chandler in September 1966, Jimi Hendrix quickly established a reputation as a spectacular live performer, based on an intensive period of playing such London clubs as the Speakeasy, Bag o’ Nails and Marquee, as well as venues across the UK, often delivering more than one set per night. The success of his first two single releases, Hey Joe (December 1966) and Purple Haze (March 1967), and his first album with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (May 1967), coupled with the reputation established by his UK shows, led to fame; ensuring that when he returned to play shows in the USA, only nine months after he had arrived in London, he was already a European star.

23 Brook Street, which carries an English Heritage Blue Plaque in memory of Hendrix (alongside the Blue Plaque for Handel), is the only Hendrix site anywhere in the world to be officially recognised. When he moved in with Kathy Etchingham in 1968, the rent charge was £30 per week; when Handel lived in the building next door he paid rent of £60 per year. Hendrix and Etchingham entertained many friends, musicians and contemporaries in the flat. Hendrix in Britain will explore the particular contribution Hendrix made to the sound of the electric guitar, examining his personal style and use of technology on stage and in the studio. It will also feature a contemporary map of London showing significant Hendrix-related sites, including the venues he played. And Hendrix’s legacy will be discussed in interviews and personal reminiscences by some of the guitarists and songwriters he inspired, from his contemporaries to performers from
successive generations.

The Museum will also host a series of special events to accompany the exhibition. These will include guitar workshops exploring Hendrix guitar effects, his particular use of amps and tips for playing guitar like Hendrix.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Hendrix in Britain exhibition dates: 25 August to 7 November 2010
Location: Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HB
The Museum entrance is round the back of Brook Street in Lancashire Court.
Opening times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-6pm; Thursday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 12 noon-6pm
23 Brook Street flat opening dates: 15 to 26 September 2010
Admission charges: Handel House Museum & Hendrix in Britain exhibition: £5 adults; £4.50 concessions; £2 children
23 Brook Street flat visit (15-26 Sept only): £8 adults; no concessions (includes admission to Hendrix in Britain exhibition and Handel House Museum)
Booking information for 23 Brook Street flat visit: Tickets available online only at www.seetickets.com/events from Tuesday 1st June 2010 at 9.00am (transaction charge applies)
Free admission to Hendrix in Britain exhibition & 23 Brook Street flat on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September for Open House Weekend. Advance booking essential. Tickets available from 16 August 10.00am by telephone only on 020 7495 1685. Strictly limited availability.

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Exhibition of Harry Goodwin photos at the V&A

(Posted 28 April 2010)

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LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER JIM MARSHALL DIES AT 74

Jim Marshall, one of rock's most iconic photographers, has died. According to Rolling Stone, the 74-year-old passed away in his sleep Tuesday night in New York.
Jim Marshall
Born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco, Marshall began his career in 1959. Getting his break via a chance shoot with John Coltrane (who consented to the photographs after Marshall gave him a ride), Marshall would go on to work some of the most famous musicians of all time, including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead (who once dosed him with acid) and many more. Marshall's best-known shots include Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey, the Who performing at sunrise during Woodstock and Johnny Cash flipping off the camera at San Quentin. He was also the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles' farewell 1966 concert at Candlestick Park. Marshall's work has been collected in several books, the latest being 'Match Prints,' a collaboration with his friend Timothy White. Working right up until the end, Marshall was due at a media event Wednesday night to promote the book in New York. A quote in his official bio perfectly sums up his legacy: "I do see the music. This 'career' has never been just a job -- it's been my life." (from spinner.com)

(Posted 24 March 2010)

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1967 TOUR RESEARCH

A group of committed fans is researching the late 1967 tour by the Jimi Hendrix Experience et al. If you live close to any of these places and can help with research please get in touch via the contact form and we'll pass your details on. The places are: London, Bournemouth, Sheffield, Liverpool, Coventry, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast, Chatham, Brighton, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow.
Tourbook

Read about their work here: http://users.bart.nl/~basmveck/jh%20exp%20index.htm

(Posted 11 March 2010)

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THE HAMSTERS - Jimi 40th Anniversary Tour Autumn 2010

Perennial rockers The Hamsters return to their Jimi set for a special tour this Autumn. It opens on 17th September and runs to Christmas. Dates are just being finalised and will be on their website soon.

The Hamsters

www.thehamsters.co.uk

(Posted 11 March 2010)

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Hendrix – The Guitarist’s Guitarist! - Planet Rock Special

Planet Rock, the UK’s classic rock station celebrated Jimi Hendrix by airing an hour long special on Saturday, 6 March. Planet Rock asks a whole host of guitarists why Jimi Hendrix is “The guitarist’s guitarist.”

The show is repeated Thursday, 11 March at 11pm. (UK Time)

Tune in on DAB Digital Radio, Sky 0110, Virgin Media 924, Freesat 730, online at www.planetrock.com or on your iPhone.

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Jimi Plays Glastonbury

Check out the new video for "Bleeding Heart." Currently available on Spotify at http://tinyurl.com/yey332l

(Posted 26 February 2010)

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JIMPRESS ISSUE 91 - SONY SPECIAL ISSUE
Available now - shipping to subscribers on Wednesday 17 February.

Another new issue in the form of a Sony special looking at the new release, Valleys Of Neptune, and the reissue of the core catalogue. Singles news from both sides of the Atlantic, bootleg reviews and much more.

Jimpress Issue 91

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HENDRIX ALIVE PROJECT - ON TOUR!

The Dutch tribute to Jimi Hendrix,www.hendrixaliveproject.com

Proudly presents the HAPUK2 tour.

Thursday March 4:Westcoast Bar &Music Venue: Margate(Kent)

Friday March 5: The White Hart Inn: Chilton Polden : Bridgwater (Somerset)

Saturday March 6 :The Parkers Arms: Paignton.(Devon)

Thursday March 11: The Walrus , Plymouth(Devon)

Friday March 12: Livewire Youth Music Project: Saltash ( Cornwall.)

Saturday: March 13:Tintagel Arms: Tintagel,( Cornwall)

tuesday March 16: Charity Do ,Trethorne,nr. Launceston(Cornwall)

Thursday March 18: The Spinning Wheel: Paignton (Devon)

Friday March 19: Mr Kyps : Poole( Dorset)

Saturday March 20 : The Furnace : Swindon.(Wiltshire)

Sunday March 21 : Gastonbudget Showcase, The Shed , Leicester(Leicestershire)

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VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE
8 MARCH 2010

Valleys of Neptune

The first shot in the transition of the Hendrix catalogue to Sony comes on 8 March with the release of Valleys Of Neptune. Twelve tracks which are claimed to be previously unreleased officially. On the same date Sony will be issuing deluxe CD/DVD versions of Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland, and First Rays Of The New Rising Sun.

Valleys Of Neptune contains the following:

Stone Free
Recorded: Record Plant, New York, April 7, 9, 14, May 17,1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Billy Cox
Drums: Mitch Mitchell
Backing Vocals: Roger Chapman, Andy Fairweather Low

Valleys Of Neptune
Recorded: Record Plant, New York, September 23, 1969, May 15, 1970
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Drums: Mitch Mitchell
Bass: Billy Cox
Percussion: Juma Sultan

Bleeding Heart *
Recorded: Record Plant, New York, April 24, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Billy Cox
Drums: Rocky Isaac
Tambourine: Chris Grimes
Maracas: Al Marks

Hear My Train A Comin’
Recorded: Record Plant, New York, April 7, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Mr. Bad Luck
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, May 5, 1967
Producer: Chas Chandler
Additional bass and drum recording, Air Studios, London, June 5, 1987
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Sunshine Of Your Love
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, February 16, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell
Percussion: Rocki Dzidzornu

Lover Man
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, February 16, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Ships Passing Through The Night
Recorded: Record Plant, New York, April 14, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Guitar, Vocals: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Fire
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, February 17, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass, Backing Vocal: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Red House
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, February 17, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Lullaby For The Summer
Recorded: Record Plant, New York, April 7, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Mixed By Eddie Kramer
Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Crying Blue Rain
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, February 16, 1969
Producer: Jimi Hendrix
Additional bass and drum recording, Air Studios, London, June 5, 1987
Vocal, Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Percussion: Rocki Dzidzornu
Bass: Noel Redding
Drums: Mitch Mitchell

Ahead of the album will come a single of the title track. A USA only release we believe.

Valleys of Neptune Single

(Posted 11 January 2010

Updated 22 January 2010)

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Jimpress Issue 90 Is Here

Jimpress 90

JP90 is currently shipping. Due to the millimetre of snow that has crippled Warrington we are shipping in small batches. All copies will be on their way in the next few days. It will be well worth the wait.
(Posted 8 January 2010)

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Some Cat From Japan

A number of New York-area musicians will perform the music of Jimi Hendrix next month. Some Cat from Japan: Music inspired by Jimi Hendrix will take place at New York’s Sullivan Hall on Saturday, January 16. As of press time the event’s lineup includes guitarist Will Bernard, singer Nigel Hall, guitarist Scott Metzger (RANA), bassist Ron Johnson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe/Brett Dennen) and drummer Eric Bolivar (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe). This is all the information we have, please check with the venue before travelling.

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ICE, ICE, BABY

One of the featured ice sculptures in Norwich town centre this week recalls Jimi Hendrix appearing at the Orford Cellar.

Jimi Hendrix Ice Sculpture

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Experience Hendrix tour hits the road again

Experience Hendrix Tour

Following last year’s successful series of dates, the Experience Hendrix roadshow rolls across the USA once more. The format looks very similar to previous tours including Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Ernie Isley, Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph, David Hildalgo & Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Living Colour, Doyle Bramhall II, Hubert Sumlin, and Chris Layton.

Friday 5 March 2010 - Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 6 March 2010 - The Joint, Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
Sunday 7 March 2010 - Ikeda Theater, Mesa, AZ
Tuesday 9 March 2010 - Table Mountain Casino Events Center, Friant, CA
Wednesday 10 March 2010 - Warfield, San Francisco, CA
Friday 12 March 2010 - Silver Legacy Casino, Reno, NV
Sunday 14 March 2010 - Paramount Theater, Denver, CO
Tuesday 16 March 2010 - Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Kansas
Wednesday 17 March 2010 - Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday 18 March 2010 - The Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL
Saturday 20 March 2010 - Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
Sunday 21 March 2010 - Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday 23 March 2010 - Akron Civic Theater, Akron, OH
Wednesday 24 March 2010 - Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
Thursday 25 March 2010 - Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
Saturday 27 March 2010 - Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA

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Barry Wentzell recalls....

Barry Wentzell

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6 Hour Thanksgiving Day Jimi Hendrix Radio Special

The annual Jimi Hendrix tribute radio show on WPFW 89.3 FM takes place on Thursday,Nov. 26th - Thanksgiving Day, 12 Noon to 6pm, hosted by Bob Daughtry & Guest Co-Host Cordell Dickerson.

You can listen live on the Internet at www.wpfw.org.

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JIMPRESS 89 SPRING 2010
OUT NOW

Jimpress 89

New 68-page issue available now. See Current Issue page for full details and order via the order page if you are not a subscriber. All subscriber issues have been mailed but we have a postal dispute in the UK so receipt will take (significantly) longer than normal.

(News item posted 2 November 2009)

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BROWN SUGAR
MARSHA HUNT'S HENDRIX SHOW IN DUBLIN

Marsha Hunt
Singer, actress, author and now playwright Marsha Hunt takes to the boards next month in Brown Sugar On Jimi Hendrix… His Untold Story.

Accompanied by ex-The Incredible String Band guitarist Graham Forbes, Hunt promises to “revise our view of Hendrix, the ‘60s and ourselves, through images, nudity, music and story.” Originally from Philadelphia but now living in Wicklow, Marsha was a Track Records labelmate of Hendrix’s. “We arrived in England the same year, although I beat Jimi by about six months!” she laughs. “When I got signed in 1968 straight from the stage of Hair the musical, Track’s only other acts were The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Thunderclap Newman and Arthur Brown. It was a very small label with only a handful of people working for it, so everybody knew what everybody else was up to!”

Although it wasn’t until 1969 that they met properly – “I’m not going to tell you about that because it’s part of my show!” – Marsha first gigged with Jimi in 1967, and ran into Hendrix’s entourage regularly after that. “It was a business back then, but not an industry. Touring wasn’t the slick, professional machine it is now – everybody was flying by the seat of their pants and making the rules up as they went along. It didn’t necessarily make things easy, but it was interesting!” Hunt also had a relationship – and a child – with Mick Jagger, which was the inspiration for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’.

Described recently by a critic as “original… thought provoking… poignant”, the show runs from November 2 to 7 in The New Theatre, which can be found in Temple Bar’s East Essex Street. Tickets priced €15 are available from the box-office at (01) 670 3361.

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BILLY COX INDUCTED INTO NASHVILLE'S MUSICIAN'S HALL OF FAME

Billy Cox
Check out the details at Experience Hendrix http://www.jimihendrix.com

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The Hall of Fame http://www.musicianshalloffame.com/

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SPRING IS SPRUNG
Coming Soon
Jimpress 89
"Spring is here and the sky is so very blue, birds all sing as if they knew..." Knew that the Spring issue of Jimpress is imminent, that is. In just three short weeks you will be able to banish those Winter blues with 68 pages of all the usual nonsense in Jimpress 89. Assuming we still have a postal service by mid-November that is.

(Posted 19 October 2009)

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JIMI HENDRIX IN LONDON, NEW YORK, AND NEW JERSEY

Copies of the new Jimpress publication Jimi Hendrix In London, New York, And New Jersey are expected at Jimpress Towers on Monday, 5 October. Two books in one detailing a mountain of trivia. Pre-orders will be despatched on Tuesday, 6 October. Full details can be found on the Our Books page and ordering via the Order page.

(Posted 4 October 2009)

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BILLY COX INTERVIEW

http://www.nuvo.net/music/article/billy-cox-last-gypsy-standing

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MORE RE-ISSUES IT WOULD SEEM

Experience Hendrix, the family company that controls Hendrix's catalog and copyrights, has struck an eight-year, worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment for the master recordings of the legendary guitarist.

Sony plans to launch an ambitious reissue campaign in 2010 that will include deluxe editions of the three original albums by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, posthumous releases, the official Dagger Records bootleg line and previously unreleased archival recordings and filmed concerts.

The deal also includes licensing rights outside the United States for the 1970 live set "Band of Gypsys," which EMI Music will continue to distribute stateside. Universal Music Group had held the master licenses for the rest of the Hendrix catalog since 1997. Sony's licensing deal will take effect January 1.

In March, Seattle-based Experience Hendrix moved administration of the Hendrix music publishing catalog from Sony/ATV to Universal Music Publishing Group. At the time, Experience Hendrix president/CEO Janie Hendrix, the guitarist's sister, said she was planning a late-2009 release for a Dagger bootleg title and CD and DVD releases of live performances at London's Royal Albert Hall in February 1969, which would include behind-the-scenes footage. Those releases are now planned for 2010.

Sony's reissue campaign for the core catalog -- "Are You Experienced," "Axis: Bold As Love" and "Electric Ladyland" -- will encompass deluxe editions with extra material and enhanced packaging. Because plans are being worked out, Sony and Experience Hendrix can't yet provide details on the bonus material.

"There is an obligation that we have to fans that when we reissue material, you have to offer a substantial greater value in the content ... whether it be audio, visual or packaging," said Adam Block, Sony Music Entertainment Legacy Recordings senior vice president and general manager. "That is a core fundamental strategy here. I do know that in this case there is an enormous amount of material that Hendrix fans are going to be thrilled to have."

Although the artist's catalog has been repackaged extensively through the years, Hendrix points out one notable omission.

"We have never (released) the core catalog as a boxed set," she said. "That will be one of the next projects to come out under the Sony project."

To help promote the reissue campaign, Experience Hendrix will organize a concert tour next year. The company previously has sponsored tours featuring such contemporary artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Rodgers and Robert Randolph performing Hendrix's music.

The Hendrix catalog sells about 500,000 albums annually in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard estimates worldwide sales average about 1.2 million per year.

Block said Sony Legacy and Experience Hendrix will work hard to bring new Hendrix fans into the fold.

"The beauty in an artist like Hendrix is that year after year, kids come of age and Jimi is a rite of passage," he said. "It is our role and responsibility to make sure that when they wake up on that morning that they have a chance to taste and hear the genius of this guy."

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EVENTS IN INDIANA
Voodoo Child to host Jimi Hendrix tribute events in September

Jimi Hendrix Tribute

The Jimi Hendrix Information Management Institute (JIMI) is an organization designed to accumulate and disseminate information regarding the legend and the legacy of the late rock guitarist icon Jimi Hendrix. The organization was founded in 1985 by Ken Voss, former publisher of the Illinois Entertainer magazine and rock music historian, to satisfy the needs of Hendrix fans while working to maintain the factual story of Jimi’s life. JIMI maintains an archive of music and memorabilia, a library of books and published information, and publishes a quarterly fanzine Voodoo Child.

With this, the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and some 39 years since Hendrix’s passing, JIMI will be hosting two events this fall.

On Sunday, September 13 the JIMI Mobile Museum will roll out to be on display at the Rubino’s Annual Summerfest. That event will be held at the Rubino’s Exhibition Center at 8102 Georgia St. in Merrillville, Indiana (SW corner of I-65 and Route 30). Included will be a display of rare and unusual artifacts, photos and posters, videos and other memorabilia from the JIMI archives. The exhibition will run from 1-6 p.m. For more information: www.myspace.com/rubinosmusic.

On Friday, September 18, the JIMI Mobile Museum will be part of a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert featuring former Band Of Gypsys bass player Billy Cox, Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and Indianapolis band Blue Earth Skeletons. That event will be held at the Irving Theater, 5505 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana. This will be a historic event as not only is September 18 the day of Jimi’s death in 1970, but Billy Cox is the only surviving member left of Hendrix bands the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band Of Gypsys. The concert will be a celebration of Jimi’s life. Tickets are $25. For additional information: www.myspace.com/blueearthskeletons.

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Les Paul dies at age 94

Les Paul

On August 13th, 2009, legendary guitarist Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. His family and friends were by his side.

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MANCHESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL

On July 14 at the Hildene pavilion between the Main House and the Visitor's Center, members of a string ensemble from the Manchester Music Festival, along with a couple of other musicians from a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will take a shot at one of Hendrix's signature pieces, "Purple Haze." The performance will be part of a fund-raising event hosted by the music festival that offers dining, dancing and some wide-ranging entertainment. The music festival wants to reach out beyond its core audience and draw in other members of the community, and the unusual match up of a rock icon like Hendrix with a string ensemble seemed like an interesting way to do it, said Ariel Rudiakov, the artistic director of the festival.

"We wanted to do something that would raise money for the festival but also to try to bring more people into the fold," he said. "It's shaping up to be quite a party."

(Posted 26 June 2009)

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EXPERIENCE HENDRIX WAKES UP WITH A JOLT

After what seems like an eternity Experience Hendrix appear to have their train rolling again. The rumours are getting ever stronger that the Royal Albert Hall show will be out on CD and DVD in late-2009/early 2010. Don't hold your breath yet though, we've been disappointed before.

In the meantime two releases are announced, the first of which has been anticipated almost as much as an official release of the Royal Albert Hall. The 6 July 1968 Experience show at the Woburn Music Festival, their only British appearance that year, will be the next release on the official-bootleg label, Dagger.
Woburn
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Woburn is released on 28 July 2009 and, as usual, is only available mail-order from www.jimihendrix.com.

11 August 2009 sees a unique link-up between www.jimihendrix.com and Amazon in presenting a "fan pack" of the earlier Dagger release Paris/Ottawa. The publicity claims that the recording has never before been made available at retail, which is true, but extending availability to Amazon hardly makes it generally available and maintains online only ordering and only in the USA at that. Fan friendly? Not it Europe it isn't.

Paris
The press release:
"Paris/Ottawa Live, historic 'in concert' recordings from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, never before offered at retail, together with a unique and exclusive collection of Hendrix memorabilia are bundled together in a special offering to be released August 11th from Dagger Records, the official 'bootleg' label created by Experience Hendrix through Geffen Records/UMe.

This limited edition "fan pack" will be offered exclusively through AuthenticHendrix.com and Amazon.com and celebrates the fan/collector commitment of Experience Hendrix's Dagger Records label, the producer of these master recordings. Created eleven years ago to release primarily live and extemporaneous archival performances, Dagger's mission is to sketch in the detail of the Hendrix legacy and augment the mainstream titles that Experience Hendrix offers through UMe. None of the eleven titles previously released by Dagger have ever been sold in stores and have been available only at www.jimihendrix.com. The participation of Amazon.com and AuthenticHendrix.com, where pre-orders are now underway, continues the tradition of Dagger's online-only presence.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live 1968 Paris/Ottawa features sterling live performances of such Hendrix classics as "Purple Haze," "The Wind Cries Mary," and "Little Wing" recorded by RTE, the national French broadcasting company. The January 29, 1968 Paris concert was the band's third foray to the fabled L 'Olympia Theater where they had debuted as an opening act for the French pop star Johnny Hallyday's two years earlier.

The Ottawa performances were taped by Hendrix himself during the group's appearance at the Capitol Theater on March 19th of that same year and include a version of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band."

In a real nod to the bygone era, a similar, yet distinct, pack will have as its centerpiece a custom, swirled, colored vinyl album version of Jimi Hendrix Experience Paris '67. These recordings document Hendrix's wildly exuberant October 9, 1967 performance at L'Olympia originally recorded for French radio broadcast and never before released to the public. The album features performances of "Stone Free," "Hey Joe," "Wild Thing" as well as other notable Hendrix hits.

Materials specifically created for and exclusively included in both versions include a 'Jimi' poster, a postcard set replicating classic Hendrix concert posters, a set of badges reminiscent of the sixties era, a Hendrix iPod Skin and a "PikCARD" loaded, so to speak, with four guitar picks adorned with Hendrix artwork from the concert posters. The array of goodies is topped off with an "all access" laminated pass with an exclusive, secret code designed to unlock special Hendrix content online.

Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, the family owned company entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, commented, "The concept behind this 'Fan Pack' is to throw a spotlight on Jimi as a live performer and give a glimmer of what it might have been like to encounter 'The Experience' when Jimi had the band at its peak. Jimi never failed to stun and leave audiences breathless with his performance and guitar virtuosity and we think fans today will be no less moved by the offerings included in these packs. This release highlights Dagger's role in serving fans who want all Jimi had to offer and can't get enough of his legacy and genius."

While the package will be available on August 11th, fans will be able to queue up outside the auditorium, so to speak by pre-ordering, Fan Pack: the Jimi Hendrix Experience Live 1968 Paris/Ottawa in advance of Father's Day, June 21st. "

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New Issue of Jimpress will mail to subscribers on Monday 22 June.

Jimpress 88

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Palm Beach and Miami Poster

Miami Palm Beach

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Jimi Hendrix Murdered...yada, yada...

Rock Roadie

Tappy Wright claims, in his new book Rock Roadie, that Jimi was murdered by Michael Jeffery. Hardly a new conspiracy theory but Wright claims that Jeffery confessed to him in 1971. If this is the case let's hope the boys in blue will take time out from their attempts to close down music venues and take him into custody to enquire just why he has withheld such vital evidence for so many years. Could it be that he wants to sell a shedload of books? Surely not!

(Posted 3 June 2009)

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Your chance to quiz John McDermott, Eddie Kramer and Billy Cox

Ultimate Hendrix

The June 10 edition of the nationally syndicated (in the USA that is) radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn will spotlight "Ultimate Hendrix", the book by author John McDermott, bassist Billy Cox, and sound engineer and photographer Eddie Kramer. Fans are encouraged to speak with McDermott, Cox, and Kramer by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625) beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans in the UK should be able to listen online but we calculate it will be about 4.30 am. For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

(Posted 3 June 2009)

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Jimpress 88
Coming soon

Jimpress 88
The new issue of Jimpress should be on its way to subscribers before the end of June.

(Posted 3 June 2009)

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Billy Cox honoured in his own right
Musicians Hall of Fame
Steve Wariner and Felix Cavaliere announced the 2009 inductees to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The inductees are Chet Atkins, Billy Cox, Dick Dale, Charlie Daniels,Victor Feldman, Fred Foster, Paul Riser, and Toto.

The musicians will be officially inducted at the 2009 Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum Awards Show on October 12th at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Other 2009 inductees are Chet Atkins, Billy Cox, Dick Dale, Victor Feldman, Fred Foster, Paul Riser, and Toto.

(Posted 3 June 2009)

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MANNY'S MUSIC TO CLOSE

Legendary New York music store Manny's is to close at the end of May. Click image to read the Sunday Express article.

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NOW! We might get something released.

Universal Music Publishing Group has become the exclusive administrator of the Jimi Hendrix catalog throughout the world outside the United States. The five-year agreement covers all commercial opportunities, including synchronization licensing for motion pictures, TV, advertising and other media. Universal replaces Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which had administered the Hendrix catalog outside the United States since 1998. The U.S. publishing rights will continue to be handled by Experience Hendrix.

"Janie [Hendrix] has done an amazing job of keeping the music and Hendrix's legacy alive," said Universal Music Publishing chairman/CEO David Renzer. "They have a great reissue program in place and they are doing a great job of protecting his legacy."

"Overall, it was a wonderful deal they offered us," Janie Hendrix said. "Everything has to come through me for approval." She added that she will ensure that any new opportunities "uphold the standard of the music. Currently, I am in the studio transferring tapes of Band of Gypsys performances that have never been released before," she said, referring to Hendrix's last band.

The Hendrix catalog remains a perennial strong seller. In the United States, the catalog sells about a half-million copies annually, putting worldwide sales at 1.2 million, Billboard estimates. Song downloads grew from 800,000 in the United States in 2007 to 915,000 last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Experience Hendrix expects to release two albums later this year, including one on Dagger. Hendrix also expects to release CDs and DVDs this fall that showcase live performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at London's Royal Albert Hall, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. When Hendrix performed February 18 and February 24, 1969, at Royal Albert Hall, a camera crew followed him for a month, yielding candid footage of him at home, about town and hanging out backstage. The result, Hendrix says, will be a "reality TV" glimpse of the legendary guitarist.

(Posted 23 March 2009)

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More Hendrix Planed for Guitar Hero World Tour

Activision's Guitar Hero World Tour has a second set of downloadable tunes from Jimi Hendrix come 19 March. Included in this release are the Hendrix classics "Freedom," "Angel," and a live version of "Foxy Lady." Download will cost $5.50 regardless of platform.

(Posted 6 March 2009)

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We may find this to be a recurring theme this year

Sites in New York and Berlin have been booked for August to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. The original ‘peace and love’ festival featured towering performances from The Who, Jimi Hendrix and many others. Woodstock is set to take place in New York on August 15-16, exactly forty years after the original. The Berlin event will follow on August 22-23 at an abandoned airport. In a step to distance itself from the thirtieth anniversary festival which was marred by violence and rioting, organisers intend to book bands that featured at the original festival. Details of the line-up have yet to be confirmed.

(Posted 6 March 2009)

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By The Time etc.etc

Woodstock-com

Michael Lang, one of the "three young men with unlimited capital," behind Woodstock (and Miami Pop among other things) has two books forthcoming in this the 40th anniversary year of the watershed gathering in upstate New York. Lang's memoires "The Road to Woodstock" is due to be published July 14th. This will be followed by a Genesis (of Classic Hendrix fame) tabletop book for release on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, August 15th. Both books include a selection of photographs by Ken Davidoff (see Jimpress 87).

(Posted 2 March 2009)

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About Face

Sather

An iconic relic on the UC Berkeley campus has disappeared during the restoration of Sather Gate. The face of Jimi Hendrix, which had been imprinted on the northwest side of the Sather Gate Bridge railing since 1970, has been washed. Legend has it that in 1970, a poster was hung on the bridge to advertise Jimi's concerts in Berkeley. Rain caused the poster ink to sink into the concrete, according to campus tour guides.

John Fizer, a local character who can often be found playing guitar on campus, said he saw a worker using industrial solvent to remove the remnants of Hendrix's face from the bridge on Friday morning. Fizer said he notified a UCPD officer, but was told to leave the workers alone. "The workers laughed at me for objecting," he said.

"Everyone thought it was really cool. Parents who were alive during the time of Hendrix especially got a kick out of it," Student Ryan Tucker said. Fizer, who has been a regular presence on campus since 1965, said Hendrix's face has been pointed out by nearly every orientation group he has seen pass over Sather Gate Bridge. "They capitalized on it to get students to come here," Fizer said. "The irony is that now the university will never be able to use it again."

The university has refused the offer of a replacement image.

(Posted 2 March 2009)

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John Martyn R.I.P

John Martyn

"Were you looked after when you travelled? No! I had a knife in my pocket, a Fender amp in one hand, the two pedals, the fuzz and the wah-wah, three leads and a guitar. The left-hand side was very heavy. Unless you've run at full pelt down a train platform carrying a Fender Twin reverb, having been up all night, you've not lived, let me tell you! I loved it. It was cool just running around. No one came with me - it was a fresh time. I used to get on a train or a plane and roll joints on that old waxy toilet paper and just sit on the toilet and get high. It was a nice way to travel, I tell you."

In 1969 John met Beverley Kutner, who'd previously been part of The Levee Breakers as a teenager - they made a single with George Martin - and been a solo artist on Deram, where she'd released a single, Happy New Year, that featured Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Bert Jansch had taught her to play guitar.

"We were on the same bill at the Chelsea Art School," he says. "There was Jackson C Frank, Beverley and me. I just hopped up off the floor and played some really flashy things that made people shout out for me. We started talking after the show and she found out where I lived. Then she came round and gave me a big kiss on the lips. As soon as she did I was like, 'Uh-oh. This is it...' And it was and I was gone. Was it the great love story of our times? I don't know, she took me so much by surprise. She took me by surprise every day. I was slightly weirded out by the fact her manager [Joe Boyd] thought I was an idiot, but I had my own contract with Island anyway, I wasn't a passenger."

The pair moved to Woodstock for three months and recorded Stormbringer! with Boyd. It was initially to be Beverley's own album.

"Yeah, except I wrote most of the songs," John says. "But we worked together well. That was a great time. Every Thursday this purple helicopter would turn up and Jimi Hendrix would get out on the green across the road. I would always go over to talk to him. He was just there to lig, really. He had no idea who I was, but I knew who he was. Bob Dylan was up the road; The Band too. Jimi'd just turn up and play with whoever. He'd stay for a few hours then get back in the helicopter and leave. It didn't seem strange then. At that age nothing's hard, nothing's difficult."
(Rob Fitzpatrick, The Word, 2008)

(Posted 2 March 2009)

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A Light Goes Out

Philip Jose Farmer

Philip José Farmer, who was born Jan. 26, 1918, died 25 February 2009 at his home in Peoria, Illinois. He wrote more than 75 novels before his death including Night Of Light which allegedly inspired Jimi to write Purple Haze.

(Posted 2 March 2009)

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HENDRIX VODKA BUS FORCED OFF THE ROAD

Hendrix Vodka Bus

Two years after first filing in court Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix were victorious in their trademark infringement case against Craig Dieffenbach and his companies. United States District Court Judge Thomas S. Zilly entered a permanent injunction prohibiting Dieffenbach, Electric Hendrix Spirits, LLC and others, from using Experience Hendrix trademarks on their vodka and other products. The injunction also requires Dieffenbach to demand that all distributors and licensees immediately withdraw the vodka and other infringing products from the market and cease all related advertising. Judge Zilly entered a $3.2m judgment against Dieffenbach and his companies for their unlawful conduct.

In March 2007, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix filed the lawsuit charging that Dieffenbach and his companies had infringed on Experience and Authentic's Jimi Hendrix trademarks in an unauthorized, tasteless promotion of "Hendrix Electric" brand of vodka. The suit alleged that Dieffenbach intended to deceive the public into believing that the Jimi Hendrix family companies had authorized this sale of vodka and other products.

(Posted 19 February 2009)

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WHERE IS BLACK BEAUTY?

One of the most commonly asked questions here at Jimpress Towers is "Where is Black Beauty?" Black Beauty, as it has come to be known, is a black Fender Stratocaster, serial number 222625. Although the name Jimi Hendrix has become synonymous with white Stratocasters, mainly as a result of the Woodstock movie, this black model was played at many landmark gigs including Jimi's final UK appearance at the Isle Of Wight Pop Festival in August 1970. It is generally accepted to be the last guitar Jimi played since it was at the Samarkand Hotel apartment where he died.

As to its present location, there is no public confirmation. After Jimi died possession passed to Monika Danneman who kept is secure until her death. The two stongest and most credible theories about its whereabouts suggest it is now either with the Danneman family in Germany or in the possession of Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, a long-time friend of Monika Dannemann.

(Posted 19 February 2009)

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Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography
Portland Museum of Art

Rock & roll provided the soundtrack to American culture of the late 20th century. This exhibition, drawn from the largest private collection of photographs of rock musicians in the country, captures the intimate relationship between photographer and musician. Featuring 268 photographs—many rarely seen by the public—the exhibition includes studio portraits and candid outtakes of famous rock & roll stars from Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix to Madonna and Courtney Love. Classic images by photographers Lee Friedlander, Kate Simon, Laura Levine, Baron Wolman, Bob Gruen, Jim Marshall, and Lynn Goldsmith are included in this extraordinary survey of 20th-century music and popular culture. Showing until 22 March 2009.
(Two hours north of Boston, the Museum is located in the heart of downtown Portland, ME at the corner of High and Congress streets. To reach the Museum from I-295 (north or south) take exit 6A, Forest Avenue South. Bear right at the first light and drive through the park. At the top of the hill, take a left onto Congress Street and proceed 2/10 mile to the Museum, located on your right.)

(Posted 1 February 2009)

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Mitch Mitchell

The Experience Hendrix website is currently carrying an open letter from Mitch Mitchell's family that you may like to be aware of.

http://www.jimihendrix.com/mitch_mitchell2.html

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Stop Form 696

Publicans and managers of other small venues are being forced to comply with a new piece of bureaucracy called Form 696. The form demands that licensees give police a mass of detail, including the names, aliases, private addresses and phone numbers of all musicians and other performers appearing at their venue, and the ethnic background of the likely audience. Failure to comply could mean the loss of a licence or even a fine and imprisonment.

It applies in 21 London boroughs, but professionals in the music business fear that if it becomes accepted, it will be copied in other cities. Its use was recently the cause of cancellation for a New Years Eve event in Manchester. These new rules will make putting on live bands next to impossible for most small venues. An 'open mic' night could not happen under such rules. Please sign the petition against Form 696 or see small live gigs become a thing of the past.

Please sign the petition on the 10 Downing Street website against 696. http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Scrapthe696/

Read what The Independent had to say about it here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/how-form-696-could-pull-the-plug-on-the-capitals-music-scene-1028240.html

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Olympic to close

We have just learned that EMI is to close Olympic Studios in Barnes and has begun consultation with Olympic’s 11 staff. It is understood that the studio is not considered profitable. It was in Olympic that The Jimi Hendrix Experience came together with Eddie Kramer to produce some moments so far ahead of their time that most folk have yet to catch up.
Olympic Studios
The closure will leave EMI focussed on their one remaining studio, Abbey Road, a venue they have always favoured for its Beatle connection.

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Win A Gibson Flying V Guitar

If you head over to JamsBio you'll find a competition that anyone seems to have a chance to win. Music fans can share Hendrix stories, reviews, and add lists from now until December 15 at http://jamsbio.com/contest/jimi-hendrix in order to enter to win the grand prize, a Gibson Flying V guitar. JamsBio and UME are celebrating Jimi Hendrix's remarkable legacy. Re-experience Hendrix with the Electric Ladyland CD+DVD Collector's Edition, Blu-Ray collections of Live at Woodstock and Live at Monterey, and vinyl reissues of Axis: Bold as Love and Are You Experienced. One Grand Prize winner will receive a special edition electric guitar from Gibson. Other winners will receive an exclusive Jimi Hendrix music/DVD prize pack containing selections from the UME reissue catalog. Share memories, write reviews and create lists in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the classic Jimi Hendrix Experience release at http://jamsbio.com/contest/jimi-hendrix. You could even write a review of Jimpress...or Ben Franklin. I might be sorry I said that!

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Yet another Hall of Fame entry

A total of 28 new additions have been made to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Included this time around is Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner." This particular Hall Of Fame now has 826 titles, chosen by a members committee of historians and experts since its inception in 1973. Many of the titles will form part of the Grammy Museum, a four-floor exhibition centre which is set to open in Los Angeles on December 6. The 28 new titles added to the library also include Stevie Wonder's 'For Once in My Life', 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Ennio Morricone's soundtrack for 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly'. BB King will perform another entry, Louis Jourdan's "Let The Good Times Roll," at the nomination ceremony at the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre on December 3.

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Jimi Hendrix - From The Benjamin Franklin Studios 3rd Edition
The trilogy is complete

Part 3 of From The Benjamin Franklin Studios is now available. This completes the third edition some six months ahead of schedule, a staggering achievement.

Jimi Hendrix - From The Benjamin Franklin Studios is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to every known Jimi Hendrix recording. Part 1 comprises alphabetical listing of every version of every song recorded by or contributed to plus comprehensive appendices and reference lists. This runs to 352 pages. Part 2 has 304 pages and contains full track listings and pictures of all officially released discs used as reference points in Part 1 plus the first part of the bootleg discography. Part 3 completes the bootleg discography, again with a picture of each release, and adds important updates to the first two parts.

(Posted 25 November 2008)

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Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell, drummer with Jimi Hendrix for all but a few months of his time at the top, has died at the age of 61. Mitch was found dead in his Portland, Oregon hotel room where he was for the final date of the Experience Hendrix tour. A spokesman for the local coroner said it appeared he died of natural causes, although a formal finding had not yet been issued.

Mitch Mitchell

"We're all devastated to hear of Mitch's passing. He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend," Janie Hendrix, said in a statement on behalf of the estate. "His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cannot be underestimated," she said. "Over the course of the recent tour, he seemed delighted with the interchange with the other musicians and the audiences. There is no question that he was doing what he loved."

Mitch Mitchell

Born 9 July 1947, Mitchell was a child actor (Ovalteenies, Jennings) before his Saturday job with Jim Marshall led him to a greater love, music. Having just left Georgie Fame’s band he joined the fledgling Jimi Hendrix Experience and his jazz-stylings, often compared favourably to Elvin Jones, brought much to the sound of the Experience recordings.

His support of Jimi Hendrix at Monterey, Woodstock, the Isle Of Wight, and so many other performances ensures that he will never be forgotten. Full obituary in next issue of Jimpress.

(Posted 13 November 2008)

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Yep, Jimi is still a Guitar Hero

Jimi Hendrix will take to the virtual stage this November as downloadable content in Activision Publishing, Inc.'s Guitar Hero: World Tour, the company announced today. Already confirmed to take center stage as a playable character, Jimi Hendrix, one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, will return with three additional downloadable master tracks. "If 6 Was 9," "Little Wing," and a live version of the iconic Hendrix track "Fire" will all be available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: World Tour on November 13, 2008.

The latest installment in the #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, Guitar Hero: World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero's signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player "Battle of the Bands," which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online. The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock 'n' roll anthems. Music creators are also able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunesSM where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations. Guitar Hero: World Tour is now available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Playstation 3 computer entertainment system, the Wii home video game system from Nintendo and the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system.

(Posted 4 November 2008)

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Keith Shadwick

Everyone at Jimpress is sorry to note, rather belatedly, the passing of Keith Shadwick. Keith finally succumbed on 28 July following a three year battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. In the mountain of books written about Jimi Hendrix two biographies stand head and shoulders above the rest, Electric Gypsy and Keith's Jimi Hendrix Musician. Keith was a highly respected journalist and author across musical genres having penned books about artists as diverse as Bill Evans and Led Zeppelin as well as many jazz reference works. Most of all Keith Shadwick was a really nice guy.
(Posted 30 October 2008)

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Hendrix guitar on display in Denver

Continuing its world tour of high performing Hard Rock Cafes, the white Gibson SG guitar played by Jimi Hendrix in a 1969 appearance on ABC’s Dick Cavett Show is to spend some time in Denver. Denver’s Hard Rock is one of twelve locations worldwide to be recognized by the chain this year for its financial performance, sales accomplishments and community contributions, the company announced.

Hard Rock Cafe Denver, located downtown on the 16th Street Mall, is the latest recipient of Hard Rock International Inc.’s “Top of the Rock” award, which each year goes to six company-owned outlets and six franchise locations. The guitar will be displayed at the Denver location for two months.Hard Rock International noted Hard Rock Cafe Denver’s efforts to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital of Aurora and other charity efforts.

(Posted 30 October 2008)

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New Release From Dagger
Dagger
Experience Hendrix's official-bootleg offshoot brings us a new release of the '68 Paris show, once part of the Stages box set combined with three previously unreleased tracks. Information below from the press release.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live In Paris & Ottawa 1968 kicks off with a rousing performance at Paris, France's famed L'Olympia Theatre. The January 29, 1968 performance marked the third time The Jimi Hendrix Experience had performed at the venue in just over a year; having first made their French debut as a support act with legendary French vocalist Johnny Halliday in October 1966.

Originally released as part of the 1991 4CD box set Stages, The Jimi Hendrix Experience's L'Olympia Theatre performance makes it's return engagement to CD for the first time in more than 15 years. Like all previous recordings in the Dagger Records library, Live In Paris & Ottawa 1968 is once again highlighted by posthumous studio engineering and mastering by our dynamic technical team of Eddie Kramer and George Marino.

The Experience's Paris performance features nine fiery recordings, including two rousing Blues classics "Killing Floor" and "Catfish Blues;" six unforgettable live performances featuring some of Jimi Hendrix's most celebrated self-penned compositions including "Foxey Lady," "Red House," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Fire," "Little Wing" and the ageless "Purple Haze;" plus "Drivin' South," a composition Hendrix first recorded and performed in 1965 while serving as one of R&B/Soul musician, Curtis Knight's young guitarists.

The release of this celebrated January 1968 performance at L'Olympia Theatre is the perfect companion release with Dagger Records' sixth CD release The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Paris 1967 / San Francisco 1968 (originally released in April 2003), which featured The Experience's October 9, 1967 show at the same venue.

In addition to The Experience's French performance, Live In Paris & Ottawa 1968 is rounded out with the inclusion of three previously unreleased live recordings of The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing in concert at the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The three, previously unreleased songs represented here include The Beatles' hit single "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" along with two classic Hendrix anthems including "Fire" and "Purple Haze." These new recordings were taped during The Experience's first show on the evening of March 19, 1968 and are sourced from a previously undiscovered tape.

Recordings from The Experience's second show on March 19, 1968 in Ottawa was the subject of Dagger Records' fourth release The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live In Ottawa and combine nicely with this new release to round out any Hendrix fan's music library.
(Posted 14 August 2008)