Jimi Hendrix (photo: Jimihendrix.com)
Jimi Hendrix (photo: Jimihendrix.com)

The Experience Music Project will present a special weekend commemorating the 40th anniversary of Seattle native Jimi Hendrix’s death on Sept. 18, 1970. The event will honor the life, music and legacy of one of the most influential musicians in rock history.

Beginning Saturday (Sept. 18), a collection of rare artifacts from the last years of Hendrix’s life will be on display. The display will include handwritten lyrics for “Black Gold,” one of the last songs Hendrix was writing; Hendrix’s 1968 Martin D-45 guitar; and an invitation to the August 26, 1970 opening of his new recording facility, Electric Lady Studio.

Clips from iconic Hendrix performances will also be shown on the big screen at EMP’s Sky Church, and a playlist of Hendrix selections will serve as ambient music throughout the museum.

EMP will screen the documentary “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child” co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s adopted sister.

Drawing upon interviews granted by Hendrix, coupled with letters, writings and recordings, “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child” provides insight into the rock music icon with never-before-seen photographs and film footage from the Hendrix family archives and a soundtrack that includes such legendary Hendrix recordings as “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Fire,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

The first screening of “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child” will include an introduction by Janie Hendrix. The film will be screened free of charge at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For additional information about the Hendrix tribute, visit the EMP Web site.

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