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40 years ago this week....Jimmy Hendrix played The Isle of Wight..... to a young musically fanatical wanderer like myself... it was simply one of those moments... nothing was ever quite the same again! His freeform approach to "songs" ... having already blown away the national psyche by driving straight into a live "Purple Haze" on a family TV variety show caused mayhem.... joyous bedlam... and consternation among the straight population.
We just couldn't get enough... and he new it! His definitive work "Electric Ladyland" ....with its eponymous and risque cover..... is still today a masterpiece...and I choose my words carefully!! He had arrived on these UK shores after playing in North American Soul Bands and paying his dues in the back line of bands that supported some great singers. He was in Little Richard's band in 1964-65.... and famously said that he wanted to play the guitar...the way Little Richard used his voice!! In 1967...he teamed up with Chas Chandler and put together "The Experience". I actually remember reading about the auditions for this band and how none of the bass players could stay with him as he improvised his way through blistering 10 minute anthems. Noel Redding...another lead guitarist eventually took control of the rhythmic foundations...akin to Jack Bruce's work with Eric Clapton.
3 short weeks after his majestic performance at The Isle of Wight...... Jimi Hendrix died.... 3 short years after his first massively acclaimed success at Monterey. It was Clapton who was famously quoted as saying that he was "fucking angry" that Jimi had left him alone to carry on the crusade! Jimi died in a London hotel on Sept. 18, 1970, aged 27. The certificate gives the archetypally rock 'n' roll causes as "inhalation of vomit" and barbiturate intoxication. He was born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle on the 27th November 1942.
There really is nothing else to say..... just listen!!
All along the Watchtower
Jimi "does" Lulu
Like a Rolling Stone
Red House...live in Stockholm
And I would still go out and spend a weeks wages on his 3 albums.
Are You Experienced
Axis Bold as Love
"There are not many men who can walk that tall..."
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