The remains of legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix have been moved from their initial site to a new elaborate memorial in the same burial ground, Greenwood Memorial Park and Cemetery, just outside Seattle, according to the AP. While the first grave site was marked only by a simple flat stone reading "Forever in Our Hearts - James M. Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970," the new memorial features a granite dome nearly 30 feet high supported by granite columns trimmed in "rainbow" marble.
In other news, a legal battle over the music of Hendrix that has raged since his death in 1970 moved yesterday (Feb. 11) to London's Court of Appeal, Billboard Bulletin reports. PPX Enterprises is appealing a High Court ruling last year in favor of Hendrix's family, which manages his estate under the name Experience Hendrix.
The family had sued PPX Enterprises, claiming it breached a 1973 deal by wrongly exploiting Hendrix recordings. A High Court judge ruled last July that the family was entitled to an injunction blocking the future release or licensing of certain Hendrix recordings. He also ruled that the family was entitled to an accounting of future royalties from other Hendrix recordings.
Now PPX, which was ordered to foot 70% of the estate's estimated $488,000 legal bill, is challenging that decision. The company has always denied breaching the 1973 deal and claims that the agreement was subsequently changed, entitling PPX to release the additional recordings. The hearing is expected to last three days.