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Hendrix Remains Ever Present

The passing of Jimi Hendrix 40 years ago Saturday (9/18) is being marked with a number of tributes to the guitar great.  The space his London apartment occupied has been opened to the public for the first time since his death (story). A considerable amount of previously unreleased material is being prepared for release in November (story).  Fender Guitars finally got around to inducting Hendrix into its Hall Of Fame (story). He claimed the top spot in the Gibson Guitars poll naming the 50 best players to ever strap on a six string (story).  The Experience Hendrix tour is out again and continuing to draw big audiences and great reviews (story). And the Rock Hall Of Fame in Cleveland is honoring Jimi with the inaugural webisode of a new series called All Access: The Story Of Rock.  Premiering this week, the internet feature recounts the last days of Jimi's life and gives some background about what proved to be his final concert - a September 6 show in Germany. (Hendrix did perform in public once after that, jamming with Eric Burdon in a London club two days before his death).  The series is a way to provide a biographic link to items included in the museum's collection, which includes a considerable amount of Hendrix material. Todd Mesek of the RHOF says the series will concentrate on '...artifacts and content that people are passionate about', and seeks to '...extend our educational mission, to use our content and the music experts we have here at the museum to tell great Rock N' Roll stories.'  None are more fascinating than the story of Hendrix, whose aura looms large not just around the anniversary of his passing, but has and will continue to year 'round, year in and year out.


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