November 18, 2015

Jimi Hendrix Renews Agreement with ASCAP -- Leader in Classic Rock Repertory

New Hendrix Album Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival Out Now on Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. / Legacy Recordings

Jimi Hendrix

July 4, 1970 onstage at Atlanta Pop Festival Photo: © Sam Feinsilver / Authentic Hendrix, LLC

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the official family company founded by James “Al” Hendrix, father and sole heir of legendary guitar hero and rock icon Jimi Hendrix, has renewed its agreement for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog. The Hendrix repertory is among the multitude of valuable “classic rock” works that ASCAP represents, including songs from AC/DC, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Black Sabbath, Bob Seger, The Cars, Deep Purple, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, James Taylor, Jeff Lynne (ELO), KISS, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Pink Floyd, Queen, Steely Dan, Tom Petty and Van Halen. 

“Jimi Hendrix joined ASCAP in 1968 and we’ve proudly represented his repertory for decades,” said ASCAP EVP Membership John Titta. “Hendrix was such a pivotal figure and talent in rock and roll.  There will never be another like him and we’re privileged to play a role in helping his influence live on.”

 “We want to share Jimi’s legacy with as many people as possible,” said Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., which owns and publishes Hendrix’s songs. “We know we can count on ASCAP to look after his music wherever it is heard and for the kind of in-depth data that we need as the stewards of his catalog.”

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. His innovative style combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. Hendrix’s debut, Are You Experienced, remains one of the most popular rock albums of all time, featuring songs like "Purple Haze," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Foxey Lady," "Fire," and "Are You Experienced?"  His incendiary performances at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 cemented his legacy as a superstar.  From demo recordings to finished masters, Hendrix generated an amazing collection of songs over the course of his short career and continues to be one of the most popular figures in the history of rock music.

On August 28, Experience Hendrix/ Legacy Recordings released Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival, which celebrates the guitar god’s July 4, 1970 concert at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival.  The record captures Hendrix’s performance in front of an estimated 300,000-400,000 people -- the largest audience he ever played to in the U.S.. The album debuted at #63 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. 

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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