Mitch Mitchell’s widow Dee Mitchell has warned Jimi Hendrix fans to beware of fake memorabilia currently flooding online auction sites.
Mitch Mitchell was the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, playing on the albums ‘Are You Experienced’ (1967), ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ (1968) and ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968). He was also noted for being a member of The Dirty Mac, a once-off group formed for the Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus featuring John Lennon, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Mitchell passed away in 2008.
As reported by Noise 11, Dee Mitchell has alerted fans of items on sale – such as equipment, clothes, books and instruments – that have been falsely attributed as having come ‘From The Estate of Mitch Mitchell’ or from herself.
According to Mitchell, most of the items fans may see online are “tacky, cheap rubbish” and advises collectors to “ask for plenty of authentication, dates, and a full provenance with loads of information” before making a purchase.
“Any provenance from me would be detailed and packed with information,” she said, adding that those interested in any memorabilia should “take great care not to buy anything which seems a bit dodgy”.
“Please, don’t get ripped off. Far too many already have. Let the buyer beware.”
Meanwhile, a public park dedicated to Hendrix is currently being developed in Seattle. The legendary guitarist was born in the city in 1942 and spent most of his early life there. Now, Hendrix will be honoured with the Jimi Hendrix Park, which is expected to be completed in the autumn. The park will incorporate a “chronological timeline of Jimi’s life and career”.
Upon the announcement in March, Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi, said: “The Jimi Hendrix Park is the culmination of years of hard work, collaboration, creative input, and generosity invested in something we all believed in and constructed to commemorate an amazing human being. It is our hope that for generations, it will exist as more than an attraction or point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle’s own. The landscaping, the artistic design, and the ambience all mimic the vibe of the persona of Jimi, whom this park honors.”