Part of the legacy of Washington state includes being connected to Jimi Hendrix. He was one of the most important musicians to grace the guitar. There are few ways better to honor the father of psychedelic rock than by visiting his memorial in Renton, Washington. The Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix was originally buried in a simple family grave. However, after Hendrix’s father gained the rights to his son’s music in 1995, efforts began on the marble memorial to the rock and roll legend.
With gorgeous stonework, serene ambiance, and a somber look out over the rest of the cemetery, the feeling of visiting the memorial is uniquely touching. However, it’s not a social space really, so when visiting, do so with respect. Maybe play one of his songs, or enjoy the artistry of the memorial. Rather than spending an hour there, try to visit it once a year. Now that the memorial is fully complete, the family plots surround the memorial. Make sure to treat it with the utmost respect.
For fans and those unfamiliar alike, the memorial offers a place to reflect upon one of the best guitarists to play. It’s a piece of rock and roll history, Washington history, and beyond that, American history. Hendrix’s mark on musical history is undeniably one of the most influential in the last century.
Past the Memorial, There’s Always More Hendrix in Washington
Those looking for a spot a bit less somber should consider visiting the bronze statue of Jimi Hendrix on Capitol Hill. That statue is well within the city and features the classic energy of Jimi Hendrix shredding his heart out. Any time is a good time to remember this treasure. Yet, as his birthday is coming up on November 27th, it’s about the right season.
Don’t forget to stop by Emerald Haze before visiting the memorial. There’s nothing like getting lit to Axis: Bold As Love before visiting the historical landmark. Keep him in your heart while puffing on some Golden Sunset or chewing on some Sour Gummies. In little ways, we’re all part of the same movement.