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Row threatens Hendrix museum plan
Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942
Proposals to open a museum dedicated to Jimi Hendrix are flailing because of a row over the home of his late father.

The run-down house in Seattle has already been moved wholesale once and local authorities are now demanding it be moved to another site.

Hendrix supporters hoped to turn the home into a museum for the guitarist.

"The mayor is going to go down as the mayor who destroyed Jimi Hendrix's house," said Ray Rae Marshall of the James Marshall Hendrix Foundation.

The foundation moved the building, in which Al Hendrix lived between 1953 and 1956, when the land it was built on was to be developed for housing in 2002.

Now the City of Seattle wants its new plot to be used for development, giving a deadline of 22 February for the home to be moved.

Mr Goldman said the authority had promised the house could remain on its new site and be turned into a memorial and community centre.

Seattle officials said no such deal had been offered.

No demolition

"We never said, 'You can own this property,'" said John Franklin, chief of its operations department.

"From our perspective, it was a temporary situation. We have not threatened to demolish the house. We've simply asked that they have to move it."

Now Mr Goldman is calling for the authority to pay to move the building to Seattle's central district, where Hendrix grew up.

Janie Hendrix, the guitarist's stepsister, said the family were still hoping the guitarist would be honoured by having a road named after him.

"That's something my father really wanted to see," she said. "It would be nice if we didn't have to fight for everything to get it."

Hendrix was widely considered one of the most important guitarists of his time. He died of drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27.

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