Seattle Office of Film + Music


TAKE A LOOK AT SEATTLE’S MUSIC HISTORY
August 27, 2010, 11:07 am
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Seattlepi.com
Each week Seattlepi.com hosts a series called Seattle Rewind, and this week’s retrospective focuses on the Seattle music scene. The article and companion radio segment discuss local musicians, entertainment establishments and radio personalities that helped shape the city and country’s musical history. Obvious fixtures such as Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones are highlighted, but lesser known artists like Ernestine Anderson and disc jockey Pat O’Day are also mentioned and embraced. Follow the link above for the article and accompanying collection of photographs.

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RARE HENDRIX BOOTLEGS AND DEMOS GO DIGITAL
July 7, 2010, 11:09 am
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Rolling Stone
Experience Hendrix has announced 11 bootleg concert recordings and studio instrumental compilations previously issued on Dagger Records are available as digital downloads for the first time. The releases include seven concerts — including Live at the Oakland Coliseum and Live at the Isle of Fehmarn — plus four albums worth of studio recordings that find Hendrix demoing the songs that would later appear on posthumous albums First Rays of the New Rising Sun and Valleys of Neptune. Every song on every bootleg is offered up in high resolution 320kbps MP3 format. Dagger Records was, in part, established by Experience Hendrix to combat unofficial recordings that flooded the bootleg market and overcharged fans of Hendrix’s music. Hendrix’s daughter, Janie, explains, “It really made no sense [considering] that we have a whole vault full of Jimi Hendrix material to not make much of it available to enthusiasts on our own terms in a transparent way.”

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JIMI HENDRIX’S FULL “AXIS” ALBUM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TO PLAY ON “ROCK BAND”
March 26, 2010, 12:23 pm
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Rolling Stone
Jimi Hendrix’s legendary albums are coming exclusively to Rock Band with a wave of downloadable content thanks to Harmonix, MTV Games and Experience Hendrix. The guitarist’s entire second LP Axis: Bold as Love will be unleashed as downloadable content starting March 30th, along with the unearthed Jimi single “Valleys of Neptune” from the new disc of the same name. “Hendrix’s music is something that our fans and supporters have been clamoring for on the Rock Band platform,” said MTV Games’ Paul DeGooyer. Axis: Bold As Love hits XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii on March 30th, with the PlayStation 3 release following on April 1st. To read the full article, follow the above link.



JIMI HENDRIX’S LAST DAYS AND LOST MUSIC ON THE COVER OF THE NEW ISSUE OF ROLLING STONE
March 22, 2010, 1:56 pm
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Rolling Stone
In the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, David Fricke dives into Hendrix’s last days and lost recordings, tracing the epic plans and earthly troubles that marked the guitar god’s final months. Speaking with Hendrix’s longtime engineer Eddie Kramer, as well as bassist Billy Cox and former assistant engineer Tommy Erdelyi (better known as Tommy Ramone), Fricke explores Hendrix’s high hopes for Electric Lady and his anticipated fourth studio album. In an interview just days before his death, the guitarist had said he was thinking “this era of music — sparked off by the Beatles — had come to an end. Something new has got to come, and Jimi Hendrix will be there.” To read more, follow the above link.



NEWLY RELEASED JIMI HENDRIX ALBUM, ‘VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE,’ SPARKLES
March 9, 2010, 1:20 pm
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Seattle Times
“Valleys of Neptune” comes out this week on Sony Legacy Recordings, part of a flurry of Hendrix-related goods hitting shelves this year as Sony and Experience Hendrix LLC, the local company run by Hendrix’s stepsister that manages his estate, commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Seattle-born guitarist’s death. Along with this record, reissues of his major albums, and a DVD documentary, a Hendrix-logoed iPod and Hendrix-themed “Rock Band” video game are reportedly set for release later in 2010. “Valleys of Neptune” is less a revelation than reminder: Jimi Hendrix still is and will forever be the coolest rock star of all time. To read the full review by Jonathan Zwickel, follow the above link.



PSYCHOLOGIST SUGGESTS AMBIDEXTERITY KEY TO THE GENIUS OF JIMI HENDRIX
February 26, 2010, 1:17 pm
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The Guardian
Psychologist Stephen Christman argues that Hendrix’s ambidexterity was the secret to his talent and informed not just his guitar-playing but his lyrics too. According to Christman, who is based at the University of Toledo, Hendrix was not strictly left-handed. Although he played his right-handed guitar upside down, and used his left hand to throw, comb his hair and hold cigarettes; Hendrix wrote, ate and held the telephone with his right hand. He was, Christman argues, “mixed-right-handed”. And this mixed-handedness, signaled better interaction between the left and right hemispheres of the guitarist’s brain and suffused every part of his music. To read the full article, follow the above link.



ENCORE MAGAZINE PROFILES JANIE HENDRIX, PRESIDENT/CEO OF EXPERIENCE HENDRIX
February 5, 2010, 12:17 pm
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Encore Magazine
Forty years after his untimely death at 27, Jimi Hendrix’s musical legacy continues to be appreciated by his fans while attracting new followers, and transcending generational boundaries. While Hendrix’s catalog has been continuously repackaged over the years we will now hear much more from the legendary singer/guitarist. Last year, Seattle-based Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by Al Hendrix, Jimi’s father (and now headed by Jimi’s stepsister Janie Hendrix as its president/CEO) struck an 8 year worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Encore Magazine recently spoke with Janie Hendrix about the new album, future releases, lawsuit tribulations, growing up as Jimi Hendrix’s little sister, and the massive task it is to oversee Jimi’s legacy. To read the full interview, follow the above link.