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Jimi Hendrix -- The 40 Year Battle for His Music

5/5/2011 5:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

When Jimi Hendrix took the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall back in 1969 ... bet he didn't think his family would be in a nasty legal war over the performance 42 years later.


TMZ has obtained a lawsuit, filed by the Hendrix Estate -- in which Jimi's family claims they are the rightful owners of several sound recordings from two concerts at the R.A.H. in 1969 ... despite another cooperation laying claim to the material.

According to the suit, Jimi signed an agreement with the people who recorded the music way back when ... an agreement which would have given them the right to use the music in a motion picture.

But Jimi died ... and the movie was never made ... and for the last 40-years, Jimi's estate and the corporation have been arguing about which side truly owns the rights to the recordings.

Now, the people who run Jimi's estate want to end the battle once and for all ... asking a judge to deem them the rightful owners ... and then force the corporation to pay up more than $2 million in legal costs and other expenses.

... and the wind cried, Mary.


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Now TMZ....."and the force the cooperation"????? What the heck.... Who edited this? LOL

1268 days ago


This is what keeps lawyers in business.

1268 days ago


Have some respect. Give the family what should be theirs. Jimi, I love you. RIP

1268 days ago

Mark Proctor    

Move over Rover... and let Jimi take over...

1268 days ago


Ahhhh now that's better. Thanks :-)

1268 days ago


Are you Experienced ?..well I am...

1268 days ago

His Prince Michael    

Get Real: "The Hendrix Estate" is a sham that greedy, high-priced lawyers manufactured to appease, an unfit and long-corrupted
"Civil Court" system. "American" "Justice": The best "Justice",
money can buy.

The RIGHTFUL Hendrix Estate? Leon Hendrix (brother). PERIOD.

1268 days ago

Joanne Owens    

Is Harvey stoned today?

1268 days ago

PRO US    

Nice to see that it's all about the music and not the money.

1268 days ago

C. Wilberding    

cooperation or corporation?

1268 days ago

pigs in zen    

suki, unfortunately, you are just as deluded as tons of other hendrix fans. His "sister" (a woman he met maybe once, who is the daughter of a woman that jimi's father married...meaing she's NOT blood) runs his estate and takes as much as she can gobble up. While his true brother Leon is left out in the cold.

His Prince Michael, you are right. Leon is the one who should be getting something.

True Hendrix fans refuse to buy anything while Janie is in charge.

1268 days ago


@pigs in zen nails it. Shout out to @His Prince Michael too. Boycott anything Janie Hendrix is involved in.

1268 days ago


Is it Jimi's family behing Hendrix Estate or Alan Douglas? That is the murky situation.

1268 days ago


here's Bin Ladins death photo if yyou want to see it.

he's dead alrighty

1268 days ago


I have just never understood the appeal of Hendrix, or Janis Joplin for that matter. Of course, I have never been stoned either, so maybe that is my problem.

As for this, I agree that it is lawyers just doing what they do.

1268 days ago
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