Seattle native Jimi Hendrix, the internationally revered guitarist who died in 1970 at age 27, is credited with a remarkable feat today: His 12th and final album of unreleased studio recordings was issued March 5, nearly 44 years after his death.
“People, Hell & Angels” comprises 12 songs recorded in 1968-69 with backing musicians during his hiatus from the Jimi Hendrix Experience (bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell). For those who wonder how an artist gone so long can be credited with 12 posthumous releases, Hendrix’s longtime engineer said Hendrix used the studio as a rehearsal space and "recorded everything.”
Hendrix grew up in Seattle’s Central Area, learned to play guitar there, and attended Garfield High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. When he returned to Seattle to perform at the Seattle Center Arena in February 1968, he had transformed into a colossal world star and guitar virtuoso who continues to influence musicians today. Read the Associated Press story that ran in The Oregonian.