Jimi Hendrix Memorial. Renton, WA


In my opinion three players actually changed the way electric guitar is played. First of all Les Paul, secondly Jimi Hendrix and finally Eddie Van Halen.

Jimi Hendrix the iconic and legendary guitar player confounded players such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. When Jimi debuted in England, the already established soon to legends in their own right clamored to watch  and listen to Jimi play. They could not figure out what he was doing exactly nor how he achieved his sound. Just as Jimi confounded the brits he and entertains and inspires  million upon millions of people world wide.


Jimi’s memorial is in Renton, Washington very close to Seattle. The memorial is open to visitors most of the year. Three notables struck me about the memorial. First of all the lipstick kisses all over the marble facade and the lack of any mention Jimi is a US. Army veteran. Finally the simple markers at the front of the memorial listed an Ayako Hendrix. Being a student of Japanese and Japanese culture I was struck Jimi has Japanese ancestry in his family. Well, I would bet my bottom dollar Ayako is a Japanese name. In any as I am a huge Jimi fan I was pleased to make the pilgrimage.


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