Monday, February 1, 2010
[musicradar.com] When Jimi Hendrix's Valleys Of Neptune CD is released on 9 March, the cover will feature watercolor artwork that the late guitarist painted in 1957.
"Before he became a musician, Jimi wanted to be an artist," said Jimi's sister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix of Valleys's album and single art. "He went through a phase doing watercolors at school and this was one of the 110 drawings of his that our father kept.
"When I saw this one he did in 1957, it screamed Valleys Of Neptune to me, so we knew we'd use it for this project."
The CD cover art (shown above) blends Hendrix's painting with a photo taken by Linda Eastman - or Linda McCartney as she was later known. Compare this to the single of the track "Valleys Of Neptune" (below), due out 2 February, which features Hendrix's original, untitled watercolor.
Spinner is currently streaming the song "Valleys Of Neptune," one of Hendrix's final recordings. You can listen to it HERE.
In other Hendrix news...
[bravewords.com] Luke Duecy at Seattle-based KomoNews.com has filed the following report: Jimi Hendrix Park Plans Hit Sour Note With Some...
"Jimi Hendrix is a rock star legend and one of Seattle's favorite sons. But plans to find a new home for a famous Hendrix statue on Capitol Hill is stirring up a whole lot of controversy.
Fans still flock to the statue of Jimi Hendrix at Broadway and Pine. But soon they'll have to go to the Central District to see the statue in its new home at Jimi Hendrix Park. A lot of people don't like that.
"It's such an eye-catcher and it just represents Seattle - and what better place to pass by it, you know, to see it front of the schools and all the people passing by," says Jason Del Valle.
The statue's move isn't the only thing rubbing some people the wrong way. A group called "Friends of Jimi Hendrix" also want to re-landscape Jimi Hendrix Park - and add some more Hendrix memorabilia around the statue. They also want to launch the renovated park with a huge party. The projected cost is $1 million, and organizers want the funding to come from taxes. Park organizer Carver Gayton tells KOMO News that the money would come from levies that already exist.
"And we'd really like to say, 'What can we do in developing a park that's really going to recognize an international icon who's part of Seattle?'" Gayton says.
But, in this bad economy - not everyone agrees.
"I'm against it - I'm against it," says Lyn Coffin. "You know - health care - I want money for health care."
Both sides are about to square off. Organizers - including Jimi Hendrix's sister - want to hear what the public thinks. There's a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum. The new park could be revealed in 2012.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 1:02 AM