Today November 27, 2012 marks the birthday of Rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The late star will be remembered in Vancouver at the site where he once lived. The late musician was born November 27,1942 in Seattle,Washington. One of the first African Americans to break main stream barriers in the world of psychedelic rock. Hendrix is considered to be one the best electric guitarist’s of all time. His onstage performances combined amazing talent and master showmanship which often culminated in him setting his guitar on fire. His death on September 18, 1970 made him a member of the infamous “27 Club” . The 27 Club includes rock legends Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, who all coincidentally died at age 27 .
Tonight starting at 7 PM Hendrix will be remembered with candles, music and inevitable marijuana smoking. Jimi’s paternal grandmother Nora Hendrix lived in the house on Union Street. The story is that Jimi stayed there with his grandmother during the winter of 1962-1963, while he was trying to get his music career going. If you get a chance to go inside ( only open seasonally)you can see Hendrix images, family photos and authentic-looking photocopies of his own notes – everything from set-lists as well as personal notes.
Local Vancouver musician and Hendrix Tribute artist Mike Zyke has been to the house, and memorial in years past. He says “It’s a tiny little place, which is hard to notice from the road unless you know what you’re looking for”. He and manager Vincent have often discussed putting on a concert with Zyke’s band “Midnight Lightening”, but says Zyke “nothing’s come of it”. he went on to say “we also discussed the block party concept, but It’s not really a good space for a large event”.
Zyke also made a pilgrimage to Hendrix’s former home located in Seattle, Washington. The Hendrix family home “was moved by the city of Seattle two times” says Zyke adding “It’s a pretty funny story”. While in Seattle he also took some time to visit the Jimi Hendrix Exhibit . The Hendrix grave-site is the only place Zyke has left to check off Hendrix pilgrimage list.
“I grew up listening to Hendrix, and of course like most blues/rock guitarists he was the guy to emulate. He pretty well invented the genre. Jimi was such a soulful, hip, charismatic person and his whole life story is so compelling and inspiring that as a guitar player you can’t help but feel drawn in. His songs are so full of soul and funk of a real pathos that I fell in love the whole catalog.” -Mike Zyke
So if you are in the Vancouver area and want to pay homage to the legend, head over to the corner of Main and Union Street ( by the viaduct). If you are too far to make it I suggest you add this site to your list for a rock~n~roll history tour.