A new exhibition marking what would have been the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix will join previous exhibitions in London that marked anniversaries for the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd at The Hospital Club starting tomorrow (July 27). ‘Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London’ focuses on the nine months between September 1966 and June 1967 when he went from relative unknown to a superstar of the U.K. music scene.
Original blues records, fan letters, clothing and rarely seen photographs of Jimi will comprise a collection of over 100 different items. The Hospital Club will host the exhibition from from July 27th until August 31st. There will also be a video exhibition featuring Jeff Beck, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, Al Hendrix, Charles Shaar Murray, Ravi Shankar and Joey Ramone to discussing the legend of Hendrix. Get more details at: www.thehospitalclub.com and see some photos from the exhibition here: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
A 304-page hardcover book featuring photos and the handwritten lyrics from Jimi Hendrix will be released on November 13th by Backbeat Books.
The book was compiled by Hendrix’s sister Janie L. Hendrix, who is the CEO of the family-run company. Janie stated, “When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi’s handwriting. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”
Much material is handwritten on items like hotel stationary, and has never been seen publicly. The book is expected to sell for about $40.
Bob Dylan‘s influence on Hendrix will be documented in the book, and in addition to well-known songs penned by Hendrix, one will find unpublished songs from the posthumous release ‘Valley of Neptune’ and other sources.