Seattle Office of Film + Music


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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SPIN CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NIRVANA’S NEVERMIND
July 28, 2011, 10:21 am
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind was released, forever changing our musical landscape. The August issue of SPIN is a big love letter to Nevermind and gives a lengthy retrospective of how the album and the band affected both musicians and popular culture alike. It even explains Nirvana’s influence on the rap scene. Included online is a free download of a Nirvana tribute album curated by SPIN titled Newermind. It features covers from some of Kurt Cobains personal heroes like the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines, along with newer artists such as Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Amanda Palmer, Seattle’s own Telekinesis, and many more.

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KURT COBAIN’S DEATH, 15 YEARS LATER, BEING MARKED WITH FRIDAY TRIBUTE
April 6, 2009, 12:57 pm
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kurtcobain1Seattle Times:
It’s been 15 years since Kurt Cobain died. Cobain’s iconic band, Nirvana, provided the music for the grunge generation, Gen X. To celebrate his life, Nevermind, the only Nirvana cover band officially endorsed by the Cobain family, will play a show Friday, April 10, with High Class Wreckage at Motor in Seattle. The show will raise money for the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee, whose mission is to build a youth center and memorial park in Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen.