Experience Hendrix, the Seattle company formed eleven years ago by the heirs of Jimi Hendrix, has signed a new deal to release more music by the late guitarist. The arrangement makes Universal Music Publishing Group the exclusive administrator of the Jimi Hendrix catalog throughout the world, with the exception of the United States. The U.S. publishing rights will remain with Experience Hendrix.
Concurrent with the five-agreement comes news that Experience Hendrix expects to release two “new” albums in 2009. One will be on the company’s Dagger “bootleg” imprint, which is sold only through its website. Additionally, this fall the company plans to release CDs and DVDs that showcase live performances staged by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Promised “behind-the-scenes” footage related to the shows – which took place on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24, 1969 – is said to result in a “reality TV” look at the legendary guitarist.
Janie Hendrix, president and CEO of Experience Hendrix and sister of the late guitarist, told Billboard.com that there remains “10 years of Hendrix music” in the vaults. She went on to say she’s currently in the studio transferring tapes of Band of Gypsy performances that have never been released. Janie Hendrix also assured Billboard.com that any new opportunities that arise with regard to her late brother will “uphold the standard of the music.” --Russell Hall