LONDON.- Summer 2012 sees the arrival of a magical new exhibition in London, to celebrate what would have been Jimi Hendrixs 70th birthday. Hear My Train a Comin: Hendrix Hits London, presented by Seattles EMP Museum, runs at in The Hospital Clubs iconic gallery space until 31 August 2012.
Hear My Train a Comin: Hendrix Hits London focuses on Hendrixs quick rise to prominence in the London music scene, from his arrival in the UK on September 24, 1966 to his brief return to America to play at the Monterey International Pop Festival on June 18, 1967. In less than nine months, Hendrix had transitioned from unknown guitar-slinger to darling of the British music press, and was poised on the edge of superstardom.
The exhibition includes over 100 artifacts, some of which have never been exhibited before. They include such gems as Jimis original blues records, photographs, fan letters, as well as iconic items of his clothing such as his Westerner hat (which he wore frequently in 1967 1968 and is wearing on the cover of his 1968 Smash Hits album). Further exhibition videos incorporate many oral history interviews with myriad musicians and people related to Hendrixs story, such as Jeff Beck, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, Al Hendrix, Charles Shaar Murray, Ravi Shankar and Joey Ramone.
The exhibit comes through collaboration of two projects from philanthropist and investor Paul G. Allen. EMP was founded by Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, in his hometown of Seattle in 2000. It is an exclaimed, interactive museum of music, pop culture and science fiction. Allen opened The Hospital Club in 2002 as a new professional and social hub for people working in the creative arts.
By blending interpretative, interactive exhibitions with cutting-edge technology, the EMP Museum captures and reflects the essence of rock n roll and popular culture. Hear My Train A Comin: Hendrix Hits London is curated by Jacob McMurray who also developed Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound and Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, both currently featured at EMP. Jacob says, Hendrixs time in London was pivotal to his career, and now we have this unique opportunity to tell the story in a way thats never been done before, introducing artifacts that will be shown to the world for the very first time.
Sue Walter, CEO of The Hospital Club, says, We are thrilled to be hosting Hendrix Hits London for Jimis 70th birthday, during what promises to be an exceptional summer in London. At the Hospital Club we pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of the creative industries and a nexus between art and music; I know that this unique exhibition will entertain, inspire and stimulate all who come to see it!