The family of rock legend Jimi Hendrix is taking legal action over the rights to the soundtrack from two London concerts in 1969.
Hendrix performed a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969, and representatives for the Hendrix Estate are adamant it owns the audio recordings of the shows. They have now filed suit against an unnamed company, whose representatives claim Jimi signed over the rights to the recordings for use in a movie. Lawyers for the Hendrix Estate are demanding the administrators are legally deemed the owners of the recordings, and want $2 million in legal costs and expenses.
— A Seattle park is being transformed into Jimi Hendrix Park, a potential focal point for that community’s multi-cultural events. The park, will be decorated with sculptures, stepping stones and rain drums. The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park recently selected the design team of Murase Associates to get ideas from the community and from Hendrix’s legacy into a vision for development of the park that bears his name. Murase was chosen from among 11 applicants.
This from the website of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, the organization behind the park: “Inspired by the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, the park, named in his honor, will beautify Seattle, motivate youth and others to achieve in music and art, and strengthen the cultural pulse of the Emerald City, Jimi Hendrix’s hometown. Jimi Hendrix Park is located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Central District (2400 S. Massachusetts St.), a thriving multi-cultural community rich in heritage. Nestled adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum and grounds of former Colman School, Jimi Hendrix Park will be a primary focal point for multi-cultural events, gatherings, and activities for the community.”
Janie Hendrix, the guitarist’s half-sister who runs his estate, chose the designers because of their passion for the project. She donated $20,000 to the foundation, with the more than $600,000 in funding and donations coming from local sources.