Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Seattle Park To Honor Jimi Hendrix

Seattle may soon have a park honoring rock icon Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, who died in 1970 at the age of 27, was raised in the Central area of Seattle attending Garfield High. A resolution was passed by the City Council unanimously. There have been previous attempts to honor Hendrix but many object to honor him because of the circumstances of his death. Hendrix died after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. Paul Allen's EMP was originally to honor Jimi, but after a falling out with the Hendrix family, became an shrine to all rock music especially the history of Northwest rock.
In his book, It Was All Just Rock And Roll, Pat O'Day speaks eloquently of Hendrix's beginnings in music.
The resolution was proposed by Jean Godden who said it is about time for Seattle to have a shrine to one of Seattle's most famous native sons. The Statue pictured above would be moved from Broadway in Seattle's Capitol Hill district to the new park at 2300 S Massachusetts St. The measure still needs to be approved by Seattle Parks Director Kenneth Bounds. Posted by Picasa

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