September 13th Proclaimed JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY By City of San Francisco…And It Happened At Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 14, 2011 04:28pm | Post a Comment
In honor of the release of Jimi Hendrix Experience Winterland, the four-CD box set documenting the
jimi hendrix winterland day band’s historic performances at San Francisco’s legendary Winterland Ballroom over the course of six concerts in just  three nights in October of 1968, September 13th was proclaimed JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco! As the site of the former Winterland Ballroom at Post and Steiner Streets (where legends such as The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane once presided) is now covered in condominiums, the ceremony was held at the next best beacon of Bay Area rock and roll glory…Amoeba San Francisco!

As scheduled, a limo arrived right at 7:00pm to 1855 Haight Street that 
Jimi Hexdrix & Jamie Hendrixnight carrying the funk legend Bootsy Collins and Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s half-sister and Experience Hendrix CEO, who were present to accept the honor on Jimi’s behalf.  Bootsy and Janie were accompanied by the glamorous Patti Collins (Bootsy’s wife), and a few friends and relatives. The crowd went wild as Bootsy and Janie were introduced from the Amoeba stage by publicist Bob Merlis, and then the JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY proclamation (see below for full text) was delivered by progressively hip District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who also spoke on the legacy of San Francisco’s music scene.

Janie Hendrix thanked Supervisor Wiener, Bootsy, and the crowd of fans for keeping Jimi’s spirit alive and, obviously overwhelmed with the support, wondered what Jimi would think of all this. “He would probably just say WOW.” She said. “He was a man of few words.”

Janie then introduced Bootsy, who was dressed for the occasion in a spectacularly colorful Hendrix-
Bootsy Collins
themed button-down shirt, leather patchwork pants, trademark sunglasses, and floor-length feathers.He immediately noted a Hendrix poster hanging on the wall across the store that he had in his bedroom growing up and explained how important Jimi has been to his personal development. “Jimi opened that cosmic door for me that says, you can do and be exactly what you want.” As a symbol of intergalactic individuality, Bootsy really drove the independent spirit of Jimi home as he spoke of the importance of breaking out of the box in a society full of boxes.

As a special treat for the momentous occasion, Bootsy and his son edited together a video (see below) of Hendrix interview and performance footage set to Bootsy’s song “Mirrors Tell Lies,” from his new album Tha Funk Capital of the World. “Mirrors Tell Lies” incorporates the speaking voice of Jimi Hendrix with the music of Bootsy, for a truly singular funky experience.

Bootsy and Janie signed autographs for devoted fans for several hours before moving on from Amoeba towards their evening plans. It’s safe to say, we’ll never be the same thanks to Jimi, Bootsy, and the enduring spirit of individuality.

Janie Hendrix & Bootsy Collins

September 13, 2011

WHEREAS, Jimi Hendrix is renowned for his musical innovation, which revolutionized traditional thinking about rock and roll; and WHEREAS, Jimi Hendrix appeared on the cover of an SFUSD educational guide, bag, and poster for teachers as a symbol of the ingenuity and experimentation that San Francisco prizes; and WHEREAS, after the release of his genre-spanning album, Electric Ladyland, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played six shows over three days at San Francisco’s historic Winterland Ballroom; and WHEREAS, the Winterland shows in the aftermath of the Summer of Love are significant events in the rich cultural history of San Francisco WHEREAS, On September 13, 2011 Experience Hendrix will be releasing Jimi Hendrix Experience – Winterland, drawn from the six shows Hendrix recorded at Winterland in October 1968; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, hereby proclaims September 13, 2011 to be “Jimi Hendrix Winterland Day” in the City and County of San Francisco. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco to be affixed.

Scott Wiener Supervisor, District 8 

See more photos from this event HERE!

Video for "Mirrors Tell Lies":

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