Right in The Village, where music and bohemia is heavy and heady, where music heroes and living legends have walked the streets, where John Lennon once said he should’ve been born, was where Jimmy James became Jimi Hendrix.
In Greenwich around the time of the free-spirited underground art and folk music recrudescence of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead – Hendrix, then the unknown ‘Jimmy James’ was playing for change at Cafe Wha? before he gigged at Cafe au Go Go, jetted off to London and with the knowledge and cultivation from his time in The Village, rocketed into the atmosphere with Are You Experienced. “The Village was groovy,” Hendrix once said. “I always had the feeling that, if my mind was right, I’d get a break someday.”
As a beloved, storied and all-but immortal artist, a showman who magnetized and electrified, someone who has been dead for decades but whose music remains worshipped – his kind of genius begs to be remembered. “His music speaks realms,” says an advocate of the petition. “Jimi Hendrix can inspire future creatives. He started playing with only a broom!”
Right now, there’s a petition for W 8th Street, down in The Village, to be renamed ‘Jimi Hendrix Way.’ Because “the streets of Greenwich are being named for non-creatives and corporates” now, and because Hendrix loved The Village – his studio ‘The Electric Lady’ is on 8th – what better way to commemorate Hendrix?
One of our dearest Spindle pals, has started a Facebook group and petition with 154 supporters, 67 of which live within New York City. Once the petition has enough signatures – the campaign is gunning for 1,000 – they will approach the local community board. Sign up if you want to be able to tell your Uber – “to Jimi Hendrix Way, please!”