Jimi Hendrix Exhibit by Fender
Fender launches the Jimi Hendrix exhibit, a special section of the Fender Visitor Center that features Hendrix memorabilia.
To celebrate this launch, Fender held a VIP party graced by important people in Jimi's life, at their 8,600 square-foot Visitor Center in Corona, California.
Among the VIP guests were Jimi's sister Janie, longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox. They were part of the highlight of the party, a panel discussion about Jimi's legendary playing, gear and career. Luc Robataille (Los Angeles Kings president of business operations), Warren DeMartini (RATT), and virtuoso fingerstyle player Doyle Dykes were also among the attendees.
The party's guests also enjoyed a listening session for Hendrix's latest album - People, Hell and Angels, which is about to be released. The album was co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and historian John McDermott.
The entrance to the event was graced by several outfits that Jimi actually wore, along with lyrics to many of his song, along with intimate in-studio photos that came from Kramer's own collection. There was a mural on one wall built using the various magazine covers that featured the iconic guitar player. The guests also saw a Woodstock poster and the actual guitar strap that he used on his white Startocaster during the festival.
Cox had a lot to say about his longtime friend of Jimi, pertaining to their chance encounter where he was recruited to play bass at a service club he said: “The window was cracked just a little bit, but I heard this unmistakable guitar coming from inside the club, I didn’t hear it with my ears, though. I heard it with my soul.” About the exhibit, Cox commented: “There’s no better home,” he said. ”You see the pictures, and you see that guitar. And when Jimi held that Strat, it almost melted into his body. It became part of him.”
The Hendrix exhibit is a new venture for the Fender Visitor Center. It will officially open to the public on March 6, and will run through May 31. The album People, Hell and Angels will also be available for sale during the exhibit. For more information, you can head over to Fender Visitor Center.
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