Wednesday, November 27, 2013


(For Jimi Hendrix)

A million fingers ago
you set the air on fire
and tho you 'fret like mad'
the hollow wooden ship you sail
rides the eternal crest of sound
(in thousands of spiraling waves flying...)

Brother.  Safecracker.
You are the submerged marauder
attacking the edge of light
splitting sunclouds
with dancing digital decoders
(stripped layers of interior lovesongs gone)
into the hazy realm of smoke

Those bittersweet mythologies
wrapped in working thumbs and

Poem by Kofi Natambu
Post Aesthetic Press, 1983

(b. November 27, 1942--d. September 18, 1970)


Mr. Jimi Hendrix with his 12 string acoustic guitar. Filmed in widescreen. A very clear image of Jimi and his guitar work:

Live performance in NYC
January 1, 1970

Music video by The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing "All Along The Watchtower". (C) 2009 Experience Hendrix L.L.C., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment:

Jimi Hendrix plays "All Along The Watchtower" by Bob Dylan-- Bobby D said Hendrix's version of his song was by far the best he ever heard...

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE PLAYS "Hey Joe" and "The Wind Cries Mary" (Composed by Hendrix) 
LIVE at 1967 Monterey Pop Festival):

Jimi Hendrix - Best Guitar Solo Ever (1970):

Audio January 1, 1970 Band of Gypsys "Stone Free" Billy Cox on Bass, Buddy Miles on Drums.

Video synched in is from 1969 Newport Jazz Festival:


Jimi Hendrix live in Stockholm, Sweden 1969; rare colour video:

Jimi Hendrix Experience plays a riveting and magisterial version of Jimi's signature blues composition "Red House"--a masterpiece in every sense of the word...


Live in concert in Stockholm, Sweden 1969

Astonishingly, Hendrix did not pick up a guitar until he was 15 years old.

That means his life on the guitar from first note to its end was less than 12 years. His career as a top billed soloist lasted less than five years.

Certainly no one who ever played in the rock genre could hold a candle to him.

Hendrix studied Blues avidly and his heroes were B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters.

His favorite musician? Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

- See more at:
Jimi Hendrix Red House--Live performance in Stockholm Sweden in 1969:

Along with fellow friend and star in his own right, drummer Buddy Miles, the friendship of Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox would forever be etched in music history with the Band of Gypsys. The Band of Gypsys was a power trio that fused blues and hard rock. Rolling Stone Magazine in its 20th anniversary issue in 1987 cited the Band of Gypsys concert as one of the ten greatest concerts of all time.

Left to Right: Billy Cox (Bass), Jimi Hendrix (Guitar) Buddy Miles (Drums); THE BAND OF GYPSYS

Two Jimi Hendrix documentaries on Video:

Groundbreaking 1973 documentary about the life of Jimi Hendrix featuring live performances and interviews with Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Little Richard, Al Hendrix and Dick Cavett. Featuring Purple Haze, Wild Thing, Like A Rolling Stone, Voodoo Chile, Hey Joe and Johnny B. Goode. 

Originally broadcast by the BBC during Rock Around The Clock in the late 70's.:

--Miles Davis,  1969

(upon being asked what he thought of the trio led by Hendrix called 'The Jimi Hendrix Experience')

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Background information

Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock, hard rock
Years active 1966–1970
Labels Track (United Kingdom)
Reprise (North America)
Polydor (Europe)
Barclay (France)
MCA (post-breakup)
Associated acts Gypsy Sun and Rainbows
Past members Jimi Hendrix
Mitch Mitchell
Noel Redding
Billy Cox

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in October 1966. Composed of eponymous singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. In this time they released three successful studio albums. After Redding left in mid-1969, Hendrix and Mitchell stayed together through other projects. The Experience reunited in 1970 with Billy Cox, until Hendrix's death in September 1970. Redding died in 2003, and Mitchell became the last original member of the band to die, in November 2008.

Widely recognized as hugely influential on the development of hard rock and heavy metal in the late-1960s and beyond, the Experience was best known for the skill, style and charisma of frontman Hendrix, who has been voted one of the greatest guitarists by various music publications and writers. All three of the band's studio albums, Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968), were featured in the top 100 of the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 15, 82 and 54 respectively. In 1992, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1 History
2 Members
3 Discography
4 Notes
5 Sources
6 References
7 External links

Jimi Hendrix arrived in England in September 1966[1] and with his new manager Chas Chandler formed a backing band with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.[2] Mitchell was a seasoned London drummer formerly with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames who brought jazz chops and a lead style of playing to the band. He would prove to be Hendrix's most valuable musical partner. Redding was chosen because Hendrix liked his attitude towards music and hairstyle. It was the first time that he had ever played bass in a band, as he was a guitarist. The name "the Jimi Hendrix Experience" was coined by their business manager Mike Jeffery.[3] The first official appearance of "the Jimi Hendrix Experience" (invited by French singer Johnny Hallyday) was at the Novelty in Évreux, France, on October 13, 1966.[4] Six days later the band played their first UK gig as a private showcase at Scotch of St James.

Though initially conceived as Hendrix's backing band, the Experience soon became much more than that. Following the lead of Cream, they were one of the first groups to popularize the "power trio" format, which stripped a rock band line-up down to guitar, bass and drums.[5] This smaller format also encouraged more extroverted playing from the band members, often at very high volumes. In the case of the Experience, Hendrix combined lead and rhythm guitar duties into one, while also making use of guitar effects such as feedback, and later the wah-wah pedal, to an extent that had never been heard before. Mitchell played hard-hitting jazz-influenced grooves that often served a melodic role as much as they did timekeeping. Redding played deceptively simple bass lines that helped to anchor the band's sound. Visually, they set the trend in psychedelic clothes and, following his band-mates' Bob Dylan 1966-style hairdos, Mitchell got himself a permed copy. On January 11, 1967, the band conquered London when they appeared at The Bag O'Nails nightclub. In attendance that night were John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Brian Epstein, Lulu, the Hollies, Small Faces, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Donovan, Georgie Fame, Denny Laine, Terry Reid, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, who rarely missed any of Hendrix's London gigs. Townshend admitted, "[Jimi] changed the whole sound of electric guitar and turned the rock world upside down". Clapton agreed: "after Pete Townshend and I went to see him play, I thought that was it, the game was up for all of us, we may as well pack it in."[6] The group came to prominence in the US only after the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival,[7] one of the first major rock music festivals.[2] The band's performance ended with Hendrix famously setting his psychedelically painted Fender Stratocaster on fire.[8] After the festival they were asked to go on tour with the Monkees. They joined the tour on July 8, 1967, in Jacksonville, Florida, the second act on a three-band bill, opened by the Sundowners. Less than two weeks later, and after only a handful of engagements, they left the tour, reportedly frustrated by audience response. The last Hendrix/Monkees concert was performed at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York – Chas Chandler later said that it was all a publicity stunt.[9]

With the Experience, Hendrix recorded his five hit singles "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze",[7] "The Wind Cries Mary", "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" and "All Along the Watchtower", and his three most successful albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland. By April 1969, however, the band was beginning to splinter. Hendrix's deteriorating relations with Redding were coming to a head, and Hendrix also felt his musical development was hampered by the trio format. Hendrix had also begun to experiment with depressants and psychedelic drugs. He was prone to mood swings, which created conflicts within the band.[10] The original group held together long enough to fulfill their existing engagements, culminating in the Denver Pop Festival on June 29, 1969. From the stage, Hendrix made the infamous announcement: "This is the last gig we'll be playing together". The original Experience was dissolved.

Hendrix experimented with a larger band line-up known as Gypsy Sun and Rainbows for his Woodstock concert in August 1969, but reverted to the trio format with the Band of Gypsys. But by 1970, Hendrix had disbanded the Band of Gypsys – it has been claimed this was due to the desire of Michael Jeffery (now Hendrix's only manager) to reform the original Experience line-up, but as Trixie Sullivan, Jeffery's assistant, testified, Hendrix did exactly as he felt musically and Jeffery just handled the business side, as usual. Also, according to Gypsys bassist Billy Cox, the all-black power trio was mainly a one-off to help Hendrix fulfill an outstanding obligation to Ed Chaplin by recording a one-off live LP. Jeffery called Redding and Mitchell about reforming the Experience. Both agreed to participate in what would seem to be a great money-maker of a tour: Mitchell and Redding could use the cash, and the tour would also get Hendrix out of the financial problems he was in at the time partly due to the building of Electric Lady Studios. Hendrix was open to have Mitchell rejoin, but reluctant to bring Redding back into the fold.

In early February 1970, it seemed as if the original Experience was reformed. Manager Michael Jeffery even set up an interview with Rolling Stone magazine to announce the return of the group, published on 19 March 1970 in Rolling Stone as "J.H.: The End of a Beginning Maybe" (and reprinted in Guitar Player magazine five years after Hendrix's death). While the interview gave the impression that the old wounds were healed and the future seemingly bright for the Experience, it was far from the truth. Redding was waiting for weeks to hear back about rehearsals for the upcoming tour, and when he finally spoke with Mitchell's girlfriend, he learned that he had been replaced by Billy Cox. Before it started, Hendrix "called this tour The Cry of Love, because that's what it is" in an interview; this is the only mention of that name, prior to the posthumous LP of that name (1971), and the group itself was still referred to in all ads, articles, promos, bookings, introductions, etc. as the "Jimi Hendrix Experience" or just "Jimi Hendrix". So after a break of nearly ten months (during which he only played six dates) the "Jimi Hendrix Experience" hit the road for one last tour. Hendrix felt the band should stay in America and record for the next LP, while Mike Jeffery wanted a tour of Europe. The European tour was a bad decision from the start. Hendrix had a cold, was not getting rest, and was still affected by the change of climate. His disdain for the management and his financial situation accumulated stress, and by the European leg it was evident Hendrix was unhappy and unfit to tour. Mitchell reported that Hendrix was not even doing sound checks before the performances.

During this period, before the Isle of Wight festival, Hendrix spoke to his friend Richie Havens about his troubles. Havens recollects, "He was terribly unhappy, extremely depressed, and asked for my help. 'I'm having a real bad time with my managers and lawyers' Jimi said. 'They're killing me; everything is wired against me and it's getting so bad I can't eat or sleep...'". There is an interview with Havens (produced by Will Scally), where Havens discusses this very same meeting with Hendrix. The filmed interview has not as yet been broadcast. Any further information can be obtained from Barry Levene.

During a break in the tour later that year, Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, in controversial circumstances.[2] In 1992, the Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[1]

Noel Redding was found dead in his home in Ireland on May 11, 2003.[11] Will Scally produced and directed the DVD The Redding Experience (MNVDISCS), on which Redding discusses the history of the band in detail.[citation needed]
While touring in the US, Mitch Mitchell was found dead on November 12, 2008 in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.[12] He was the last surviving member of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience, while Billy Cox remains the only surviving additional member.


Jimi Hendrix – lead vocals, guitar[1] (1966–1970; died 1970)
Mitch Mitchell – drums (1966–1970; died 2008)
Noel Redding – bass guitar, backing vocals[2] (1966–1969; died 2003)
Billy Cox – bass guitar, backing vocals (1969–1970)

Main article: Jimi Hendrix discography
Are You Experienced (1967)
Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
Electric Ladyland (1968)

1. ^ As well as his regular position on lead vocals and guitar, Jimi Hendrix also played bass on Electric Ladyland; backing vocals on "Foxy Lady", "She's So Fine", "Long Hot Summer Night", "Mastermind", "Changes" and "We Gotta Live Together"; piano on "Are You Experienced?", "Spanish Castle Magic" and "Crosstown Traffic"; glockenspiel on "Little Wing"; flute on "If 6 Was 9"; harpsichord on "Bold as Love" and "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"; mellotron on "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"; and percussion on "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)".

2. ^ As well as his regular position on bass and backing vocals, Noel Redding also played electric guitar and acoustic guitar on "Little Miss Strange" and lead vocals on "She's So Fine" and "Little Miss Strange".

Lawrence, Sharon (2005). Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend (2006 ed.). New York, N.Y.: Harper. ISBN 0-06-056301-X.

^ Jump up to: a b "The Jimi Hendrix Experience". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
^ Jump up to: a b c Unterberger, Richie; Westergaard, Sean. "Jimi Hendrix > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
Jump up ^ Lawrence 2005, p. 56
Jump up ^ A plaque in Évreux, France commemorating Jimi Hendrix and the Experience's first official show October 13, 1966.
Jump up ^ Saunders, William (2010) Jimi Hendrix London Roaring Forties Press ISBN 978-0-9843165-1-9
Jump up ^ '3 is the Magic Number' by Matt Snow for Mojo Magazine (Nov 2006), pp. 81–82
^ Jump up to: a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 53 – String Man. : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles.
Jump up ^ Lawrence 2005, p. 78
Jump up ^ Lawrence 2005, p. 84
Jump up ^ Mitch Mitchell and John Platt, the Hendrix Experience,(London: Hamlyn, 1990), pp. 88–96, 48–149.
Jump up ^ Vintage Amps Bulletin Board • View topic – Hendrix Bassist Noel Redding Dead At 57
Jump up ^ Jimi Hendrix drummer dies at 61 just days after tribute tour. Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 June 2012

External links

Jimi Hendrix official website
The Jimi Hendrix Experience discography at MusicBrainz
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – slideshow by Life magazine
Works by or about The Jimi Hendrix Experience in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

Two Jimi Hendrix documentaries on Video:

Groundbreaking 1973 documentary about the life of Jimi Hendrix featuring live performances and interviews with Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Little Richard, Al Hendrix and Dick Cavett. Featuring Purple Haze, Wild Thing, Like A Rolling Stone, Voodoo Chile, Hey Joe and Johnny B. Goode.

Originally broadcast by the BBC during Rock Around The Clock in the late 70's.:

Band of Gypsys is the eponymous live album by the blues rock band that was formed by Jimi Hendrix after the dissolution of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix is backed by Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Songs were recorded at the Fillmore East on two separate nights (December 31, 1969, and January 1, 1970), totaling four concerts, with songs from the final two appearing on the album. Produced by Hendrix and released just six months before his death in 1970, this was the last album he authorized, and the only Hendrix-authorized album to be released on Capitol Records (in the US). Band of Gypsys reached number five in the US[2] and number six in the UK.[3]


1 History
2 Songs played at concerts
3 LP track listing
4 Personnel
4.1 Production personnel
5 Notes and references
6 External links

After Hendrix disbanded the Jimi Hendrix Experience in early 1969, he formed Gypsy Sun and Rainbows to fulfill the contract for the Experience to play Woodstock.[citation needed] Bassist Billy Cox (who had played with Hendrix while they were in the army) had been rehearsing and playing with Hendrix since April, but the band was short-lived.

With Cox and his drummer friend Buddy Miles, Hendrix next formed the Band of Gypsys, this time to fulfill his obligation to produce an LP of new material for Ed Chalpin, to be released on the Capitol label. Hendrix, in interviews as early as March 1969, had already mentioned a "jam" album to be titled Band of Gypsys. Hendrix also mentioned in his introduction at Woodstock that "Band of Gypsys" was an alternative name for the group performing there.

They recorded a single "Stepping Stone" (b/w "Izabella") for Reprise, which was quickly withdrawn after its release. They also recorded some studio material, and several finished tracks, some of which have been released on First Rays of the New Rising Sun and elsewhere. They made their live debut at the Fillmore East on New Year's Eve, 1969, for a series of four shows spread over two nights.

The Fillmore East concerts featured mostly new songs, as the songs for the Band of Gypsys LP would have to be original due to a recent judgment against him in a contractual suit. This performance was captured using the then new portable Sony Portapak B&W video camera and open-reel 1/2" videotape recorder, from two different angles.[4]

In some markets, including the UK, the album was released with a cover photograph that featured dolls of Hendrix, Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and British DJ John Peel, an early supporter of Hendrix.

Due to the demands of four sets over two days, the band needed a lot of material and played the Experience-era favorites "Wild Thing", "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", "Foxy Lady", "Fire", and "Stone Free" to fill out the sets. Nearing the end of the fourth set, Hendrix said, "We're just trying to figure out something to play, but we only know about six songs right"[4] He then launched into a version of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". "Foxy Lady" was included on the 1991 European[5]/Japanese[6] re-release (details below). Furthermore, "Wild Thing", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Stone Free" can be heard on Live at the Fillmore East.

After a disastrous show at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1970, where Hendrix insulted a woman in the audience, played just two songs ("Who Knows" and "Earth Blues") and then left the stage, Band of Gypsys was disbanded.

A documentary entitled Band of Gypsys: Live at the Fillmore East was released on DVD in 1999.[4] It focused on the album and Hendrix's performances at the Fillmore during New Year's Eve 1969, and New Year's Day 1970. It contains the original half-inch open-reel black and white video footage shot by a fan at the concerts, and interviews with people that were involved in Hendrix at the time.[4]

Songs played at concerts

The platinum record of Band of Gypsys on display at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood. (The album in the display is not really Band of Gypsys: the banding of the record shows five songs, not two or four as on the LP.)

The recordings included on Band of Gypsys featured selections from the final two shows. The set lists for the complete Fillmore East shows are as follows.
* indicating inclusion on the Band of Gypsys album 1970
~ indicating inclusion on the Band of Gypsys reissued Polydor CD 1991
+ indicating inclusion on the Live at the Fillmore East CD 1999
^ indicating inclusion on the West Coast Seattle Boy 4-CD set 2010
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 (First Fillmore East set)
"Power of Soul" – 7:01
"Lover Man" – 3:10
"Hear My Train A Comin'" ~ + – 9:29
"Changes" + – 6:04
"Izabella" + – 3:23
"Machine Gun" – 9:10
"Stop" – 5:09
"Ezy Ryder" – 5:53
"Bleeding Heart" – 6:23
"Earth Blues" – 6:26
"Burning Desire" – 9:15
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 (Second Fillmore East set)
"Auld Lang Syne" + – 7:23
"Who Knows" + – 9:13
"Stepping Stone" – 5:29
"Burning Desire" – 2:43
"Fire" ^ – 5:13
"Ezy Ryder" – 4:44
"Machine Gun" + – 13:49
"Power of Soul" – 6:41
"Stone Free/Nutcracker Suite/Drum Solo/Outside Woman Blues/Cherokee Mist/Sunshine of Your Love" ^ – 17:21
"Changes" – 10:09
"Message of Love" – 3:52
"Stop" – 7:23
"Foxy Lady" ^ – 13:10
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" – 4:20
"Purple Haze" – 3:46
Thursday, January 1, 1970 (Third Fillmore East set)
"Who Knows" * – 10:49
"Machine Gun * – 12:33
"Changes" – 7:22
"Power of Soul" + – 6:15
"Stepping Stone" + – 5:31
"Foxy Lady" ~ – 7:09
"Stop" ~ + – 5:42
"Hear My Train A Comin" – Unreleased Version
"Earth Blues" – 4:52 (Cut Version)
"Burning Desire" + – 8:21
Thursday, January 1, 1970 (Fourth Fillmore East set)
"Stone Free/Little Drummer Boy" + – 12:52
"Changes" * – 5:08
"Power of Soul" * – 6:53
"Message of Love" * – 5:21
"Earth Blues" + – 5:57
"Machine Gun" + – 12:06
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" + – 6:01
"We Gotta Live Together" * + – 16:43
"Wild Thing" + – 3:13
"Hey Joe" – 4:03
"Purple Haze" – 4:48
Track length info from bootlegs called Box of Gypsys. These included all songs from the concerts at the Fillmore East and Madison Square Garden, except for "Hear My Train a Comin'" from the First Show from January 1, 1970.
LP track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jimi Hendrix, except where noted. (The LP sleeve erroneously lists "Power of Soul" as "Power to Love".).
Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Who Knows" Hendrix, Miles 9:34
2. "Machine Gun" Hendrix, Miles 12:38
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Changes" (Buddy Miles) Miles 5:11
2. "Power to Love" Hendrix, Miles 6:55
3. "Message of Love" Hendrix 5:24
4. "We Gotta Live Together" (Miles) Miles, Hendrix, Cox 5:51
European[5]/Japanese[6] re-release bonus tracks
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Hear My Train (first set)" Hendrix 9:02
2. "Foxy Lady (third set)" Hendrix 6:33
3. "Stop (third set)" (Howard Tate) Miles 4:47

Jimi Hendrix – electric guitar, vocals
Billy Cox – bass guitar, vocals
Buddy Miles – drums, vocals
Production personnel[edit]
Jimi Hendrix – producer, liner notes (original release)
Wally Heider – live recording engineer
Eddie Kramer – studio mixing engineer, mastering, remastering, remixing
Jan Blom – album cover photography
Joseph Sia – photography
Album cover designed by Victor Kahn
Robert Herman – photography
George Marino – remastering
John McDermott – liner notes (later re-release)
Notes and references[edit]

Jump up ^ Scaruffi, Piero (1999). "Jimi Hendrix". Retrieved August 17, 2013.
Jump up ^ Jimi Hendrix in the Billboard Album Charts, AllMusicGuide.
Jump up ^ "UK chart history Band of Gypsys". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
^ Jump up to: a b c d Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles (1999-02-23). Band of Gypsys Live at the Fillmore East (DVD). Experience Hendrix/Universal Musical Enterprises. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
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External links[edit]

Jimi Hendrix Experience plays a riveting and magisterial version of Jimi's signature blues composition "Red House"--a masterpiece in every sense of the word...

Live in concert in Stockholm, Sweden 1969

Astonishingly, Hendrix did not pick up a guitar until he was 15 years old.

That means his life on the guitar from first note to its end was less than 12 years. His career as a top billed soloist lasted less than five years.

Certainly no one who ever played in the rock genre could hold a candle to him.

Hendrix studied Blues avidly and his heroes were B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters.

His favorite musician? Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Jimi Hendrix interviewed by Nancy Carter in Los Angeles, California on June 15, 1969:

Jimi Hendrix Interview on "The Dick Cavett Show" September 9, 1969:

Final Interview with Jimi Hendrix: September 11, 1970: London, England:

Johnny Allen Hendrix (who was renamed James Marshall Hendix on September 11, 1946) at age 3  in 1945 with his father James "Al" Hendrix in their hometown of Seattle, Washington:

HENDRIX ON HENDRIX:  Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix (Edited by Steve Roby). Chicago Review Press, 2012

"Freedom" by Jimi Hendrix (1970):

"Freedom" (Behind the Scenes):

"Dolly Dagger" by Jimi Hendrix (1970):

"Dolly Dagger" (Behind the Scenes):

"Angel" by Jimi Hendrix (1968)

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Legends:   Jimi Hendrix
by Carroll Bryant

“Excuse me, while I kiss the sky ….”

Jimi was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27th, 1942. He died James Marshall Hendrix on September 18th, 1970. The world knew him as Jimi Hendrix.

He was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to a meager four years. He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival after initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.

Hendrix helped to popularize use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, which he often used to deliver tonal exaggerations in his solos, particularly with high bends, complex guitar playing, and use of legato. Hendrix was a pioneer in experimentation with stereophonic phasing effects in rock music recordings. He was influenced by electric blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and many more. Hendrix even began dressing and wearing a moustache like Little Richard when he performed and recorded in his band from March 1, 1964, through to the spring of 1965.

Hendrix won several prestigious rock music awards during his lifetime, and many more posthumously. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the US Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1992. The award's biography noted that Jimi Hendrix “expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before. His boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.” Hendrix was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. An English Heritage blue plaque was erected to identify his former residence on Brook Street, London, in September 1997. A star for Hendrix on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated on November 14, 1991 at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2005, his debut US album, “Are You Experienced”, was one of 50 recordings added that year to the United States National Recording registry to be preserved for all time in the Library of Congress as part of the nation's audio legacy. Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time in 2003.

Hendrix was of mixed African American, European, and Cherokee ancestry. His paternal great-great grandmother was a Cherokee from Georgia. Bertran Philander Ross Hendrix, his paternal grandfather, a wealthy white grain dealer from Urbana Ohio, was of Irish, German, and English descent. Bertran P. Ross Hendrix and Zenora Moore, who may have worked in the grain mill owned by Bertram, and had been a slave, had a son out of wedlock, Al Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix's father) and three other children. Mulatto son of slaves Preston Jeter, Hendrix's maternal grandfather, left Richmond, Virginia in his early manhood after he witnessed a man being lynched. He began a new life in Seattle and, in 1915, he married Clarice Lawson of Arkansas. Half his age, Lawson was mixed Cherokee and African-American.

As stated earlier, Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, the first of five children born to Lucille Jeter, only three of them have been publicly stated to have been registered by James Allen Hendrix. He much later denied fathering all but Jimi and Leon in his autobiography, where he strongly hinted that Leon was the product of a Filipino friend of Lucille's, that she briefly cohabited with. His parents met at a dance in Seattle in 1941 when Lucille Jeter was 16. When she married Al Hendrix on March 31, 1942, she was pregnant. Al had been drafted into the United States Army due to World War II and was shipped out three days later. He completed his basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma but was stationed in Alabama when his son was born. The commanding officer thought he would go AWOL to Seattle to see his new son and had him locked up as a preventative measure. It was in the stockade that Al Hendrix received the telegram announcing his son's birth. He spent most of the war in the South Pacific Theater in Fiji.

During his three year absence, Lucille struggled to raise her infant son, neglecting him in favor of the nightlife. Hendrix was mostly cared for by family members and friends during this period, notably Lucille's sister, Delores Hall, and her friend Dorothy Harding. Another key member of the family circle was Nora Hendrix, his paternal grandmother. A former vaudeville dancer, she moved to Vancouver, Canada, from Tennessee after meeting her husband, former special police officer Bertram Philander Ross Hendrix, on the Dixieland circuit. Nora Hendrix shared a love for theatrical clothing and adornment, music, and performance with Jimi Hendrix. She also imbued him with the stories, rituals and music that had been part of her own Afro-Cherokee heritage and her former life on the stage. Along with his attendance at black Pentecostal church services, writers have suggested these experiences may later have informed Hendrix's thinking about the connections between emotions, spirituality and music.

Hendrix's father received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army on September 1st, 1945. Unable to find Lucille, he went to the Berkeley home of a family friend who had taken care of Jimi Hendrix, Mrs. Champ. Almost three years old, it was the first time Hendrix met his father. According to those that were adults at the time. Jimi Hendrix was known as Buster to friends and family from birth. Only Leon claims Jimi chose the nickname himself after watching Buster Crabbe in Flash Gordon which he claims he first watched with Jimi when he was three. He had three other younger siblings, Joseph, Kathy & Pamela. With serious health issues in childhood (e.g. Kathy was blind) all three were surrendered into foster care when very young. Later Hendrix's sisters were given up for adoption. Hendrix's relationship with his brother Leon was close but precarious. Leon was in and out of foster care, and the threat of fraternal separation was an ongoing and very present possibility. When Leon died, Al legally changed his son's name to James Marshall Hendrix in memory of his late brother. After his return, Al reunited with Lucille. He found it difficult to get steady work, and the family was impoverished. Both he and Lucille struggled with alcohol and fought frequently. At one point a pimp named John Page who had a history with Lucille even tried to commandeer her out of a movie theater while she was with Al. Al objected and a fight ensued, spilling out into the street. Al had been an amateur boxer and stunned the pimp with a first punch, eventually winning the brawl and they never saw the pimp again.

His parents' fighting sometimes made Hendrix withdraw and hide in a closet in their home. The family moved often, staying in cheap hotels and apartments around Seattle. On occasion Hendrix was taken to Vancouver to stay at his grandmother's and sometimes his uncle Frank's family. A shy, sensitive boy, all these experiences deeply and irrevocably affected Hendrix. In addition to the instability of his home life, in later years he confided to one girlfriend that he had been the victim of sexual abuse, although he did not go into detail other than to say that the perpetrator had been a man who wore a uniform. In one instance while he was living in Harlem, Hendrix broke down crying as his girlfriend related the sexual abuse she had suffered as a child, telling her that the same thing had happened to him.

On December 17th, 1951, when Hendrix was nine years old, his parents divorced; Al got custody of Jimi and Leon. At thirty-three, his mother developed cirrhosis of the liver and died on February 2nd, 1958 when her spleen ruptured. Instead of letting his boys attend their mother's funeral, Al Hendrix instructed them on how men dealt with their grief, by giving them shots of whiskey. Some of Hendrix's feelings about his mother's death were revealed in a survey he took for the British publication, “New Musical Express” in 1967 stating that his personal ambition was to have his own style of music, and to see his mother again.

At Horace Mann Elementary School in Seattle, Hendrix's habit of carrying a broom with him everywhere, to imitate a guitar, got the attention of the school's social worker (he destroyed several brooms in the process of fashioning a guitar). After a year of this pitiable behavior where he clung to each broom like a blanket, she insisted in her letter to Hendrix's father that leaving him without a guitar may result in psychological damage. Her efforts to either get school funding for needy children or his father to buy Hendrix a guitar failed.

At age 15, around the time his mother died, Hendrix acquired his first acoustic guitar for $5 from an acquaintance of his father. This guitar replaced the ukulele his father had found in a basement when cleaning it out. Al is talking about Jimi when he was quite small when says he found an old ukelele when cleaning out a basement and took it home for Jimi, and got a set of strings for it, he doesn't mention Leon. Leon tells it that he and Jimi were helping Al on one of his odd jobs, and Jimi found the ukulele. Learning by ear by spending hours and hours with the one-string instrument, playing single notes, Hendrix still followed along to a couple of Elvis Presley songs on the radio. He learned to play guitar by continuing to apply himself. Daily, he practiced for several hours, watched others, got tips from more experienced guitarists, and listened to Ernestine Benson's blues records by Muddy Waters, B.B. King and other artists. In mid-1959, his father bought him a white Supro Ozark, his first electric guitar, but there was no available amplifier. According to Hendrix's Seattle band mates, he learned most of his acrobatic stage moves, including playing with his teeth, behind his back, and Chuck Berry’s trademark duck walk, from a fellow young musician, Raleigh Snipes. Hendrix played in local bands, occasionally playing outlying gigs in Washington State and at least once over the border in Vancouver, British Columbia. His first gig was with an unnamed band in the basement of a synagogue, Seattle's Temple De Hirsch. After too much wild playing and showing off, he was fired between sets. The first formal band he played in was The Velvetones, who performed regularly at the Yesler Terrace Neighborhood House without pay. He later joined the Rocking Kings, who played professionally at such venues as the Birdland. When his guitar was stolen (after he left it backstage overnight), Al bought him a white Silvertone Danelectro. He painted it red and had the name Betty Jean emblazoned on it - the name of his high school girlfriend at the time. Hendrix was particularly fond of Elvis Presley, whom he saw perform in Seattle in 1957.

Hendrix completed junior high at Washington Junior High School with little trouble but did not graduate from Garfield High School. Unusual for his era, the school had a relatively even ethnic mix of African, European, and Asian Americans. Later he was awarded an honorary diploma, and in the 1990s a bust of him was placed in the school library. After he became famous in the late 1960s, Hendrix told reporters that he had been expelled from Garfield by racist faculty for holding hands with a white girlfriend in study hall. Principal Frank Hanawalt says that it was due to poor grades and attendance problems.

Hendrix got into trouble with the law twice for riding in stolen cars. He was given a choice between spending two years in prison or joining the Army. Hendrix chose the latter and enlisted on May 31st, 1961. After completing basic training at Fort Ord near Monterey in California, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His commanding officers and fellow soldiers considered him to be a sub-par soldier because he slept while on duty, had little regard for regulations, required constant supervision, and showed no skill as a marksman. When Hendrix also began to sleep with his guitar to keep it safe he was bullied and, on one occasion, beaten. Two fellow soldiers had befriended the “outsider.” Raymond Ross, a heavyweight boxer, stood up for him, and Billy Cox, a bass player, understood him. Cox and Hendrix often performed with other musicians on and off the base in a loosely organized band called “The Casuals“. This was a loyal friendship that Hendrix called upon from April 1969 until shortly before his death.

After he had served only one year, Captain Gilbert Batchman requested that Hendrix be discharged. Hendrix did not challenge the discharge request. The National Personnel Records Centre contain 98 pages documenting Hendrix's army service, including all his infractions. Private Hendrix received an honorable discharge on the basis of “unsuitability” on June 29th, 1962.

Later in the UK, Hendrix spoke about his military service in three interviews. In the 1967 film “See My Music Talking” (later released as “Experience) which was made for TV to promote his recently released “Axis: Bold As Love” LP, he spoke about his first parachuting experience: “...once you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s..…” In interviews with Melody Maker in 1967 and 1969, he spoke of his dislike of the army. He claimed to reporters that he received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump. In U.S. interviews, seminal TV host and interviewer Dick Cavett asked Hendrix about his time in the 101st Airborne more than once. On one such occasion, Hendrix's only response was to confirm that he was stationed at Fort Campbell.

After his Army discharge, Hendrix and Army friend Billy Cox moved to nearby Clarksville, Tennessee and undertook in earnest to earn a living with their existing band. They played mainly in low-paying gigs at obscure venues. The band eventually moved to Nashville’s Jefferson Street, the traditional heart of Nashville's black community and home to a lively rhythm and blues scene. After they moved to Nashville, upon learning there was already an established band by the name “The Casuals“, they amended their name to the “King Kasuals“. While in Nashville, according to Cox and Larry Lee, who replaced Alphonso Young on guitar, they were basically the house band at Club del Morocco. Hendrix and Cox shared a flat above Joyce's House of Glamour. Hendrix's girlfriend at this time was Joyce Lucas.

Bobby Taylor gave an interview in which he claimed that in December 1962, Hendrix left Nashville and traveled to his grandmother's in Vancouver, Canada (a journey of 2,582 miles, for no apparent reason). Taylor claimed that while there, Hendrix performed with future members of the Motown band Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, including Tommy Chong (of later Cheech and Chong fame). his story has often been repeated as a fact. However, Chong, later, disputed this ever happened and that any such appearance was a product of Taylor's “imagination“. On hearing this story Leon accepted it as a fact and was apparently surprised Jimi didn't visit, as Seattle is near en route. None of Jimi's Nashville friends that he was regularly playing with in their small band noticed his absence, strangely. For the next two years, Hendrix made a living performing in and around and on a circuit of venues throughout the South and up to New York catering to black audiences. These were venues affiliated with the Theater Owners' Booking Association (TOBA), sarcastically known as “Tough on Black Asses” because the audiences were very demanding. The TOBA circuit was also widely known as the Chitlin Circuit. In addition to performing in his own band, Hendrix performed with Bob Fisher and the Bonnevilles, and in backing bands for various soul, R&B, and blues musicians. The Chitlin' Circuit was where Hendrix refined his style.

Feeling he had artistically outgrown the circuit and frustrated at following the rules of bandleaders, Hendrix decided to try his luck in New York City and in January 1964 moved into the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, where he soon befriended Lithofayne Pridgeon (known as “Faye“, who became his girlfriend) and the Allen twins, Arthur and Albert (now known as Taharqa and Tunde-Ra Aleem). The Allen twins became friends and kept Hendrix out of trouble in New York. The twins also performed as backup singers (under the name Ghetto Fighters) on some of his recordings, most notably the song “Freedom“. Pridgeon, a Harlem native with connections throughout the area's music scene, provided Hendrix with shelter, support, and encouragement. In February 1964, Hendrix won first prize in the Apollo Theater amateur contest. Hoping to land a gig, Hendrix made the club circuit and sat in with various bands. Eventually, Hendrix was offered the guitarist position with The Isley Brother’s back-up band and he readily accepted.

Hendrix' first studio recording occurred in March 1964, when the Isley Brothers, with Hendrix as a member of the band, recorded the two-part single “Testify”. Hendrix then went on tour with the Isley Brothers. “Testify” was released in June 1964, but did not make an impact on the charts. After touring as a member of the Isley Brothers until mid-late 1964, Hendrix grew dissatisfied and left the band in Nashville. There, he found work with the tour's MC “Gorgeous” George Odell. On March 1st, 1964, Hendrix (then calling himself Maurice James) began recording and performing with Little Richard. During a stop in Los Angeles while touring with Little Richard in 1965, Hendrix played a session for Rosa Lee Brooks on her single “My Diary“. This was his first recorded involvement with Arthur Lee of the band “Love” While in L.A., he also played on the session for Little Richard's final single for Vee-Jay, “I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me“. He later made his first recorded TV appearance on Nashville's Channel 5 Night Train with “The Royal Company” backing up “Buddy and Stacy” on “Shotgun“. Hendrix clashed with Richard, over tardiness, wardrobe, and, above all, Hendrix's stage antics. On tour they shared billing a couple of times with Ike and Tina Turner. It has been suggested that Hendrix left Richard and played with the Turners briefly before returning to Richard, but there is no firm evidence to support this. Hendrix mentioned playing with them, and Ike Turner shortly before his death claimed that he did, but this is emphatically denied by Tina. Months later, he was either fired or he left after missing the tour bus in Washington, D.C. He then rejoined the Isley Brothers in the summer of 1965 and recorded a second single with them.

Later in 1965, Hendrix joined a New York based R&B band, Curtis Knight and the Squires, after meeting Knight in the lobby of the Hotel America, off Times Square, where both men were living at the time. He performed on and off with them for eight months. In October 1965, Hendrix recorded a single with Curtis Knight. On October 15 he signed a three-year recording contract with entrepreneur Ed Chalpin, receiving 1% royalty. While the relationship with Chalpin was short-lived, his contract remained in force, which caused considerable problems for Hendrix later on in his career. The legal dispute has continued to the present day. (Several songs (and demos) from the 1965-1966 Curtis Knight recording sessions, deemed not worth releasing at the time, were marketed as “Jimi Hendrix” recordings after he became famous.) Aside from Curtis Knight and the Squires, Hendrix then toured for two months with Joey Dee and the Starliters.

In between performing with Curtis Knight in 1966, Hendrix toured and recorded with King Curtis. Also around this time in 1966, Hendrix got his first composer credits for two instrumentals. Hendrix, now going by the name Jimmy James, formed his own band, “The Blue Flame”. Hendrix and his new band played at several places in New York, but their primary venue was a residency at the Café Wha? on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. Their last concerts were at the Café au Go Go, as John Hammond Jr.’s backing group, billed as “The Blue Flame“.

Early in 1966 at the Cheetah Club on Broadway at 53rd Street, Linda Keith, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, befriended Hendrix and recommended him to Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham and later, producer Seymour Stein. Neither man took a liking to Hendrix's music, and they both passed. She then referred Hendrix to Chas Chandler, who was ending his tenure as bassist in “The Animals” and looking for talent to manage and produce. Chandler liked the song “Hey Joe” and was convinced he could create a hit single with the right artist.

Impressed with Hendrix's version, Chandler brought him to London in September 1966 and signed him to a management and production contract with himself and ex-Animals manager Michael Jeffry. It was Chandler who came up with the spelling change of “Jimmy” to “Jimi“. Chandler then helped Hendrix form a new band, “The Jimi Hendrix Experience”, with guitarist-turned-bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, both English musicians. Shortly before the Experience was formed, Chandler introduced Hendrix to Brian Auger, Eric Burdon, Pete Townsend and to Eric Clapton, who had only recently helped put together the band “Cream”. At Chandler's request, Cream let Hendrix join them on stage for a jam. Hendrix and Clapton remained friends up until Hendrix's death. The first night Hendrix arrived in London, he began a relationship with Kathy Etchingham that lasted until February 1969. She later wrote an autobiographical book about their relationship and the sixties London scene in general.

Hendrix sometimes had a camp sense of humor, specifically with the song “Purple Haze“. A mondegreen had appeared, in which the line “’Scuse me while I kiss the sky” was misheard as “’Scuse me while I kiss this guy“. In a few performances, Hendrix humorously used this, deliberately singing “kiss this guy” while pointing to Mitch or Noel, as he did at Monterey. In the Woodstock DVD he deliberately points to the sky at this point, to make it clear. A volume of misheard lyrics has been published, using this mondegreen itself as the title, with Hendrix on the cover. After his enthusiastically received performance at France's No. 1 venue, the Olympia Theatre in Paris on the Johnny Hallyday tour, an on-stage jam with Cream a showcase gig at the newly opened, pop-celebrity oriented nightclub Bag O’Nails and the all important appearances on the top UK TV pop shows Ready Steady Go! and the BBC's Top of the Pops, word of Hendrix spread throughout the London music community in late 1966. His showmanship and virtuosity made instant fans of reigning guitar heroes Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, as well as members of The Beatles and The Who, whose managers signed Hendrix to their new record label, Track Records.

The first Jimi Hendrix Experience album, “Are You Experienced” was released in the United Kingdom on May 12, 1967, and shortly thereafter internationally, outside of the United States and Canada. It contained none of the previously released (outside the United States and Canada) singles or their B sides. At this time, the Experience extensively toured the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. This allowed Hendrix to develop his stage presence, which reached a high point on March 31, 1967, when, booked to appear as one of the opening acts on the Walker Brothers farewell tour, he set his guitar on fire at the end of his first performance, as a publicity stunt. This guitar has now been identified as the guitar “found” and later restored by Frank Zappa. He used it to record his album, “Zoot Allures” (1971). When Zappa's son, Dweezil, found the guitar some twenty years later, Zappa gave it to him. Although very popular in Europe at this time, The Jimi Hendrix Experience had yet to crack the United States. Their chance came when Paul McCartney recommended the group to the organizers of the Monterey International Pop Festival. This proved to be a great opportunity for Hendrix, not only because of the large audience present at the event, but also because of the many journalists covering the event who wrote about him. The performances were filmed and later shown in some movie theaters around the country in early 1969 as the concert documentary “Monterey Pop”, which immortalized Hendrix's iconic burning and smashing of his guitar at the finale of his performance.

After a year based in the US, Hendrix temporarily moved back to London and into his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham's rented Brook Street flat in the West End of London. During this time The Jimi Hendrix Experience toured Scandinavia, Germany, and included a final French concert. They later performed two sold-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall on February 18th and 24th, 1969, which were the last European appearances of this line-up of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The last Experience concert took place on June 29th, 1969 at Barry Fey's Denver Pop Festival, a three-day event held at Denver’s Mile High Stadium that was marked by police firing tear gas into the audience as they played “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”. The band escaped from the venue in the back of a rental truck which was partly crushed by fans trying to escape the tear gas. The next day, Noel Redding announced that he had quit the Experience.

Hendrix was advertised to play the Woodstock Music Festival, along with many of the other biggest rock groups of the time. It was to take place on rented farmland in Upper State New York from August 15th to the 18th in 1969. Although Hendrix's music had been written for a power trio of guitar, bass, and drums, he wanted to expand his sound so he added rhythm guitarist Larry Lee (another old friend from his R&B days), and Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez to play congas. After drummer Mitch Mitchell arrived, this new lineup rehearsed for less than two weeks before the festival and according to Mitchell never really meshed. In addition, although Woodstock would become famous and mythologized through the documentary film of the same name, by the time of his performance, Hendrix had been up for three days, and his band was short on sleep as well, contributing a rawness to their filmed performance.

After Woodstock, this particular lineup of the band appeared on only two more occasions. The first was a street benefit in Harlem where, in a scenario similar to the festival, most of the audience had left and only a fraction remained by the time Hendrix took the stage. Within seconds of Hendrix arriving at the site two youths had stolen his guitar from the back seat of his car, although it was later recovered. The band's only other appearance was at the Salvation club in Greenwich Village, New York. After some studio recordings, Hendrix disbanded the group.

Hendrix is widely known for and associated with the use of psychedelic drugs, most notably lysergic diethylamide (LSD), as were many other famous musicians and celebrities of that time. He supposedly had never taken psychedelic drugs until the night he met Linda Keith, but had smoked cannabis and drank alcohol previously. Amphetamines are also recorded as being used by Hendrix during tours. Hendrix was notorious among friends and band-mates for sometimes becoming angry and violent when he drank too much alcohol.

Early on September 18th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party and was picked up at close to 3:00 by girlfriend Monika Dannemann and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel. From autopsy data and statements by friends about the evening of September 17th, it has been estimated that he died sometime after 3:00, possibly before 4:00, but also possibly as late as 11:30, though no estimate was made at the autopsy, or inquest.


"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."

"I have this little saying. When things get too heavy just call me HELIUM, the lightest gas known to man.

"Music does not lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music."

"Music is my religion."

"In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first."


"Even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually."

"You have to go on and be crazy, Craziness is like heaven."

"If I am free it's because I am always running."

"You have to give people something to dream on."

"The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye until we meet again..."


"The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar."

"To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean?"

I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the "good ole days". A whole lot of things would've been straightened out."

"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."

"Scuse me while I kiss the sky!"

"It's funny how most people love the dead. Once you're dead you're made for life."

"I feel guilty when people say I'm the greatest on the scene. what's good or bad doesn't matter to me; what does matter is feeling and no feeling."