Microsoft Co-Founder Wants to Bankroll Jimi Hendrix Museum
SEATTLE (AP) _ Paul Allen, owner of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and co- founder of Microsoft Corp., has offered to finance a museum honoring Jimi Hendrix if the late rocker’s hometown provides space.
″I thought the other two committee members were going to jump onto the table and start playing air guitar,″ Cheryl Chow, chairman of the City Council’s Parks Committee, said after the idea was presented Thursday.
The proposed Hendrix Museum would be paid for by a private foundation funded by Allen, a longtime Hendrix fan. But it would need a long-term lease from the city for space at Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair.
″This museum is one way of satisfying a personal dream for Paul Allen,″ said Sonia Heiman, an Allen aide.
Tentative plans call for displaying Hendrix memorabilia and a reconstruction of the Electric Lady Studio where Hendrix recorded among other exhibits.
Al Hendrix, the musician’s father and a retired gardener, said he would contribute his collection, including his son’s gold records.
″I often hear from people from around the world who are surprised there is not more in Seattle to honor Jimi than a memorial at the zoo and his grave in Renton,″ he said.
Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942 and died in 1970 in London at age 27 when he choked to death in his sleep after taking barbiturates. His group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, rose to prominence with the 1967 album ″Are You Experienced?″
Allen co-founded Microsoft, the computer-software giant, with Bill Gates, but left the company to form other ventures.