Friday, January 4, 2019

Seattle post office renamed in honor of Jimi Hendrix

Washington state officials have renamed a Seattle-area post office in honor of Jimi Hendrix.

The Seattle Times reports Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell supported a bill brought by Rep. Adam Smith – which was passed unanimously – to rename the Renton Highlands Post Office the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office.

“I am honored to join in paying tribute to rock and roll icon and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix with the renaming of the Renton Highlands Post Office as the James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix Post Office Building,” Smith said in a statement. “This designation will further celebrate Hendrix’s deep connection to the Puget Sound region and help ensure that his creative legacy will be remembered by our community and inspire future generations.”

The Renton post office is less than a mile from the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in the Greenwood Memorial Park cemetery, where the guitar hero is buried.

“His legendary artistic genius chartered new territory within world music,” said Northwest African American Museum Director LaNesha DeBardelaben in a statement supporting the bill. “While his reach was international in scope, his roots trace back to Seattle and we are proud to richly celebrate his legacy as part of his hometown community.”

A series of 50th anniversary reissues of Hendrix’ 1968 double album, “Electric Ladyland”, were released last November.

The expanded Deluxe Editions of the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience include a newly-remastered version of the record from the original analog tapes, a disc of early studio takes, the previously-unreleased live album, “Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68”, and the documentary “At Last… The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland.”

Featuring the band’s only US Top 20 hit – a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” – both the Blu-ray and LP packages include a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the double album, marking the first and only time this has been done with a Hendrix studio record.

See also:

VIDEO: Jimi Hendrix producer previews Electric Ladyland 50th anniversary reissue
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AUDIO: Jimi Hendrix streams Lover Man from Both Sides Of The Sky
Search Jimi Hendrix at hennemusic