A Conversation for Jimi Hendrix - the Musician
Ormondroyd Started conversation Jan 26, 2000
This is a great Entry as far as it goes, but I can't help feeling that it should have been titled "Early Jimi Hendrix". I'm puzzled as to why you ended the story there - before such key events as the "Electric Ladyland" album, the break-up of the Experience, Hendrix's legendary performance at Woodstock, and of course his tragically early death. Perhaps there's room for some kind of "Hendrix Story Part 2".
alicat (Patron Saint of Good Taste) Posted Jan 26, 2000
Mark Moxon Posted Jan 26, 2000
Get researching then, and post it here. We'll update it...
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Ormondroyd Posted Jan 27, 2000
(OK, Mr Moxon - what follows is an attempt to carry on the Hendrix story from where the Entry leaves off...)
Unfortunately, Hendrix's desire for complete control led to conflict within the Experience, and in January 1968 Jimi was jailed for a night in Sweden following a fight with bassist Noel Redding. Nevertheless, the group remained together to record a classic cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" and a hugely-acclaimed third album,"Electric Ladyland". The Experience were joined on the album by a number of distinguished guests, including Steve Winwood and Jefferson Airplane's Jack Casady.
Sadly, in Britain attention was drawn away from the album's musical merits by the controversy surrounding the sleeve photo of a group of naked women, which had been used against Hendrix's wishes. A more tasteful sleeve was used in America, where the album topped the chart.
The Experience split in 1969, and Hendrix put together a temporary band to play at the legendary Woodstock festival. The highlights of his set (and of the festival) included an astonishing version of "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Hendrix then put together the short-lived Band Of Gypsys with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. The group released a live album, simply titled "Band Of Gypsys", before breaking up after a stormy show at Madison Square Garden in January 1970.
Undaunted, Hendrix toured America again soon afterwards, this time with Cox and ex-Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. He then came to Europe to play dates including his famous performance at the Isle Of Wight Festival, recorded for the live album released the following year. Jimi Hendrix's last-ever live appearance took place at the London club Ronnie Scott's, where he jammed with Eric Burdon and War.
On September 18, 1970, Hendrix went to his girlfriend Monika Danneman's flat in London. Some time during that day, he left a message on his manager Chas Chandler's answering machine consisting of the simple, tragic words: "I need help bad, man". By the time Chandler got the message Hendrix was dead, having choked on his own vomit while sleeping. As fans around the world mourned, "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" gave Hendrix a posthumous UK Number One single.
In the period immediately before his death, Hendrix had been recording new tracks for what was to have been a concept album, provisionally titled "The First Rays Of the New Rising Sun". This material was released in 1971 as part of the album "Cry Of Love".
Further albums, including "War Heroes" (1972), "Loose Ends" (1974), "Crash Landing" and "Midnight Lightning" (both 1975) were subsequently assembled by adding new backing tracks to half-finished Hendrix studio recordings, and numerous live albums of varying quality have also appeared over the years.
But nothing has diminished his legendary status. Decades after his death, Jimi Hendrix is still revered as one of the most innovative musicians and charismatic performers in rock history.
Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here Posted Jan 27, 2000
Mark you will find some more stuff you may want to add on the "Front page blunder" thread
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