"To celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest musicians of our time"
A post office in Jimi Hendrix‘s hometown will be named after the musical icon, it has been announced.
Last month (November 28), it was reported that Congress in the US were voting on the re-naming decision after Rep. Adam Smith proposed the idea to designate a post office in Renton, Washington the ‘James Marshall Jimi Hendrix Post Office Building’ in July.
The building, located at 4301 Northeast 4th Street, is on the same street where Hendrix grew up and close to the Greenwood Memorial Park where Hendrix is also buried.
Washington’s eight representatives in Congress all voted for the post office to be named in Hendrix’s honour, with the motion passed by the House Committee last week.
When announcing the bill in summer, Smith said it would be “one more way we can celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest musicians of our time and the importance of the south Seattle and Renton areas in his enduring legacy.
“The Puget Sound Region is home to a museum that showcases Hendrix’s life and works, a park dedicated to his memory, and several memorials visited by thousands every year. This designation will further honour this iconic artist and his Seattle roots.”
Speaking to The Guardian, Leon says that Jimi “looked after” him, explaining that he “never missed a meal”. He continued, “he looked out for me like an elder-brother-father; he made me what you English call ‘tea’ and made sure I was okay. And sometimes, we used to sneak off to Mom’s for dinner.”
Leon says the music simply came from inspiration, explaining, “as in ‘spirit’, as in ‘in-spirit-ation’. It’s in the wind. I was there when Jimi was a boy, and he’d play with a broom, his first guitar. And Pa would come home and see the straw and shit from the broom on the floor, because Jimi’d been doing acrobatics with his broom-guitar, and Jimi’d get a whuppin’.”