November 27 would have been legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday, prompting celebration for the late star. A new album containing 12 previously unheard recordings from the “Purple Haze” artist has been scheduled for a March 5 release, having been re-mastered by producer Eddie Kramer. The album, People, Hell and Angels collects unreleased tracks recorded by the star for his planned double album follow up to 1968’s Electric Ladyland. Hendrix died at the age of 27 in 1970, cutting short one of the most influential careers in modern music.
Before his becoming a household name with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he toured and recorded tracks with popular acts like the Isley Brothers and Little Richard. His famous Woodstock performance is currently being shown in a limited theater run, and Forbes listed Hendrix as the ninth highest earner among dead celebrities last year, as his estate continues to release new music.
In the guitarist’s hometown of Seattle, a special exhibit titled “Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London” has been setup at the EMP Museum. A collection of lyrics, photographs and more document Hendrix’s debut across the pond in the 60s, marked by a legendary performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix lived in London at the time of his death, but was buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, just outside of Seattle.