Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE SYMPHONY PAYS HOMAGE TO SEATTLE’S MUSICAL LEGACY TONIGHT

The Seattle Times
Sonic Evolution is a new and ambitious undertaking by the Seattle Symphony. The 6-year-long project features composers from around the world creating new symphonic music based on the work of legendary Seattle artists, with the results performed by the Seattle Symphony. Those being honored include Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, among many others. By presenting the project, the Seattle Symphony hopes to bring popular music of major historic significance to symphonic audiences, and attract a new audience to the concert hall. Up-and-coming Seattle artists will be given the chance to work alongside the Symphony, performing their new work during the series as well. The first pieces commissioned for this season will debut TONIGHT, October 18th with a guest performance by Hey Marseilles.

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JIMI HENDRIX COULD BE HONORED WITH PUBLIC PARK

The Seattle Times
Seattle native Jimi Hendrix is considered by many to be the greatest guitar player who ever lived. Yet 41 years after his death, the city continues to struggle to find a proper way to honor the late musician. The latest project aimed at commemorating Hendrix is a park near the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District. Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix Park, it would be the first large-scale public monument to Hendrix; the Experience Music Project has an exhibit devoted especially to the guitarist (paid entry is required), the Woodland Park Zoo has a plaque commemorating him, and there is also a statue on Capitol Hill as well as a bust of Hendrix encased in Garfield High School’s library. A preliminary design of the park was unveiled last week and includes amenities like a “Wall of Sound” that will play music with outlets for plugging instruments, 150-feet-tall steel sculptures, a stage for performances, and lots of Pauwlonia trees (which produce purple flowers). It’s estimated that developing the land where the park is planned to open could cost $2 million. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, which is spearheading the project, has already raised about $650,000.

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JIMI HENDRIX AND KURT COBAIN MEMORABILIA AUCTIONED OFF ONLINE
July 13, 2011, 9:52 am
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The Seattle Times
The Gotta Have It! Rock & Roll Auction is auctioning off a collection of rare items from some of music’s most celebrated artists. Seattle-based rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain both have a slew of memorabilia up for sale. Hendrix’s guitar strap from the guitar he burned onstage at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is currently going for $50,000; there are also authentic arrest documents from a visit to Sweden, signed photographs and ticket stubs, handbills and photo sets up for auction. One of Cobain’s smashed guitars from 1993 is on the block as well (for a cool $50,000), in addition to a Nirvana set list hand-annotated by the tragic frontman and original photos of the band.



HARD ROCK CAFE SEATTLE: ROCK AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY OF MUSIC

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
The Seattle Tour of Music
Seattle City of Music
In partnership with the Seattle Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will serve as the City of Music’s Rock Ambassador. Now visitors can pick up a brochure at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle’s Rock Shop that introduces some of the city’s top live music venues. Additionally, visitors can book The Seattle Tour of Music at the cafe. Hosted by White Moustache Urban Adventure Company, the two-hour tour takes guests through the streets of Seattle to see where legends created the music that made our city famous. Featured musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Heart, Pearl Jam, Ray Charles, and more. At the end of the tour, guests will return to the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle and view memorabilia specific to the Seattle music scene. “We love that people who come to the Hard Rock Café will learn about Seattle’s history of music before going to see history in the making at our live-music venues,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. The City of Music Initiative was conceived in October 2008, its purpose being to honor Seattle’s rich music history, to celebrate its ongoing importance to the city’s economy and culture, and to further enhance Seattle’s renowned music culture. The initiative is led by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission and strives to grow Seattle as a city of musicians, live music, and music business by creating action that enhances the climate for the music industry. Click the links above to learn more about the Hard Rock Cafe, The Seattle Tour of Music, and the City of Music Initiative.

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JIMI HENDRIX DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED
November 22, 2010, 1:42 pm
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Rolling Stone
A new film documenting Jimi Hendrix’s concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in February 1969 will be released next year. According to Jimi’s half-sister, Janie, the film is “a day in the life of Jimi… It’s not an actor playing Jimi; it’s Jimi, and he really does forget the cameras are rolling and you see those sides of him, the stage and the sweetness with different girlfriends — there’s several that are in the film — and how he was around friends and how he was really into listening to the [recording of] the night before’s performance.” This film will be released theatrically, on pay-per-view and DVD. For more information, follow the link.

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“ROLLING STONE” EXCLUSIVE JIMI HENDRIX VIDEO
November 12, 2010, 1:38 pm
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Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone has a sweet new video for Jimi Hendrix’s “Love Or Confusion,” packed with all the documentary footage and pictures you could want as an avid Hendrix fan. The video reads like a scrapbook of the guitar god’s heydays, pulling clips from live concerts, television performances and photo shoots. It rocks. Currently, you can only view the video through Rolling Stone’s site, which you can access via the above link.



JIMI HENDRIX FOR KIDS
October 25, 2010, 11:52 am
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NPR
Though his life and death are wrought with controversy, Jimi Hendrix’s journey began in Seattle with an earnest and creative take on the world. Colorful in personality, dress and guitar licks, Hendrix’s contributions to rock and roll changed music forever. And it was because of his unique vision and talent that he was able to overcome poverty and gain international success. Now children can learn important life lessons from Hendrix’s story in a beautifully vibrant children’s book, Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow by Gary Golio. Golio, who is also a child therapist, explains, “Many of the kids I see if I say to them, what do you want to be when you grow up? A lot of them say ‘I don’t know’… If you don’t have a goal as a young person, you’re really adrift. Jimi had nothing materially, he was quite poor, but in his imagination, inside of himself, he lived a very rich inner life.” Follow the link for the full story and to see excerpts from the book.

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