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Jimi Hendrix jams — on bass — with the band Tomorrow, featuring Steve Howe (guitar), John Adler (drums) and Keith West (vocals). (Tomorrow band)
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Richard Green for the January 14th edition of Record Mirror.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed for a February article in Rave magazine.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Alan Jones for the February 3rd edition of The Hull Times.
Following The Experience’s performance, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Charles Webster for a February 3rd story in The Northern Echo.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Steve Barker for an article in Debris, the student newspaper for West One.
Jimi Hendrix returns to Olympic Studios to complete further work on “Purple Haze” alongside Chas Chandler and Eddie Kramer. Noel Redding contributes some of the background vocals during this session.
Tape Log: Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed for the February 10th edition of the Bristol Evening Post.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Alain Dister at the Anim management office on Gerrard Street.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Kevin Swift for the March issue of Beat Instrumental and the February 25th edition of Record Mirror Jimi is also interviewed by Albert Bokslag and Cees Mentink for the February 25th edition of Kink.
Jimi Hendrix signs a US record contract with Warner Bros.
Jimi Hendrix visits the studios at Radio Europe No. 1 where he listens to Johnny Hallyday’s rendition of “Hey Joe.”
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Jan Waldrop for the March 18th issue of Humo.
After returning to Paris, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Jean Noel Coghe in his hotel room.
Following their performance on Fanclub, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Laurie Langenbach for Hitweek
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Klaes Borling of Swedish Radio which is broadcast on April 19th.
During the Track Records Launch Party, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Beat Instrumental. Eric Clapton who is also in attendance sits down and joins Hendrix in the interview.
Jimi Hendrix participates in a photo session with Garden Of The Antenna publicity firm.
Jimi Hendrix and his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and Chas Chandler and his girlfriend Lottie Lexon move to their new flat at 43 Upper Berkeley Street in London. Their new flat is merely 7 blocks away from their old place at 34 Montagu Street.
Jimi Hendrix participates in a photo shoot at the Fleet Street offices of the Daily Mirror in London.
Jimi Hendrix and Chas Chandler are interviewed at their Upper Berkeley Street flat in London. Melody Maker and Disc & Music Echo publish the interviews on April 8th.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Björn Lundholm for an April 19th feature in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Following their evening performance at Gaumont Cinema, Jimi Hendrix jams with The Californians at The Kingfisher Club in Wall Heath.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Hugh Nolan for the April 22 edition of Disc & Music Echo at his Upper Berkeley Street flat.
Jimi Hendrix (playing bass guitar) reportedly jams with Ben E. King and Georgie Fame at The Speakeasy in London.
Continuing with the UK package tour featuring The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Californians, The Quotations, and MC Nick Jones; The Jimi Hendrix Experience perform two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Blackpool.
Hendrix later said in an interview, “Although I wasn’t scared starting my first big tour, we did wonder how they would accept us, there being so many different acts and us probably the most extreme of all. In Blackpool, the police slipped Mitch and Noel through side doors and took me around the block five times before helping me in. I lost some hair, but I might have lost the lot if they hadn’t been guarding me!”
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Following their performance at the ABC Cinema, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed for a feature in the April 21st edition of The Lincolnshire Echo.
Beginning late in the evening of April 24th and through the early hours of April 25th, Hendrix joined Chas Chandler and Eddie Kramer at Olympic Studios to work on final mixes (stereo and mono) for several songs slated for inclusion on Are You Experienced, including: “Foxey Lady,” “Manic Depression,” “May This Be Love,” “Fire,” “Remember,” “Third Stone From The Sun,” and “Love Or Confusion.”
Tape Log: Foxey Lady // Manic Depression // May This Be Love // Fire // Remember // Third Stone From The Sun // Love Or Confusion
Chas Chandler is interviewed at the flat he shared with Jimi Hendrix for a feature published in April 29 issue of Disc & Music Echo.
Jimi Hendrix and Chas Chandler are interviewed at their shared flat in London, by Ray Jones for the May edition of Beat Instrumental magazine.
1967 43 Upper Berkeley Street April April 30 Beat Instrumental Chas Chandler City of Westminster Greater London interview Interviews Jimi Hendrix Jimi's Apartment magazine Marylebone Ray Jones United Kingdom
Radio promo announcing a “new group,” The Jimi Hendrix Experiencing were joining The Monkees tour and were scheduled to appear on July 29, 1967 in Detroit, MI. The Experience would not perform on this date, having left the tour following their July 16 performance in Queens, New York.
Jimi Hendrix attends a party at the Apple offices on Saville Row, where he is interviewed for the London Herald. The party is held to celebrate Apple’s signing of The Grapefruit. Members of the Beatles, Brian Jones and Kathy Etchingham also attend.
Radio spot promoting The Experience’s February 9, 1968 concert in Anaheim, CA,
Jimi Hendrix, along with Noel Redding, spends the evening at The Scene Club in New York City.
March 27, 1968 Jimi Hendrix Experience is the wildest thing here – Jane Scott “And now “Wild Thing!'” announced Jimi Hendrix. Then the wildness began last night at Public Music Hall. The tall, stove-pipe slim singer in the rainbow-hued jacket and big black hat started making love to his white guitar. He played it with his teeth. He knelt in front of it. He tore off the strings. And he tossed it behind him. “What an experience!” said Chris Bernard, 16, of Rocky River High. “Wow! This was the ultimate!” “GREATEST thing I’ve seen,” said Denny Marek, player with the local Lost Souls group. “After this Motown is dead.” Some thought it was too great. Police pushed four or five boys off the stage. “They swung at me, but I got it,” exulted John Paulisin, 15, Cathedral Latin School, holding up a guitar string. This was Jimi Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell and guitarist Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and it was an experience that many will never forget. WOULD YOU believe a Seattle-born Negro who had to go to England to make it? A left-hander who plays a right-handed Fender guitar backwards? Hendrix is the hottest musical property since the Monkees. He was voted top pop musician in the world in England’s Melody Maker’s Poll last year. “Freakin” funky,” Hendrix described his music yesterday afternoon. At 8:15 p.m. WKYC’s emcee, Chuck Dunaway, stopped the show to ask teens to look under their seats. Three threatening phone calls had been received, but were proved to be a hoax. Hendrix received $18,000 for the two shows but will leave a reported $8,000 here. He bought a blue Corvette with all the trimmings at Blaushild’s Chevrolet earlier yesterday.
Jimi Hendrix jams with Graham Bond at the Record Plant in New York City. Hendrix records the jam, however due to extensive technical difficulties the poor quality of the surviving recordings has rendered the tape useless.
Melody Maker’s Alan Walsh interviews Jimi Hendrix at his manager’s (Anim), Gerrard Street office for a July 20th feature. In the interview, Hendrix makes references to the hectic recording schedule of the past, saying, “I felt we were becoming the American version of Dave Dee – nothing wrong with that, but its just not our scene. We decided we had to end that scene and get into our own thing. I was tired after of the attitude of fans they’ve bought you a house and a car and now expect you to work the way they want you to for the rest of your life. Buy we couldn’t just say, screw them, because they have their rights, too, so we decided the best way was to just cool the recording scene until we were ready with something that we wanted everyone to hear. I want people to hear us, what we’re doin’ now and try to appreciate what we’re at.”
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Black Music for a feature article to be run in a 1969 issue.
Jimi Hendrix joined by Larry Coryell and members of Ten Years After for a jam at the Scene in New York City.
Radio spot promoting The Experience’s August 18, 1968 concert in Tampa, FL
The new Jimi Hendrix film, “Experience” (aka “See My Music Talking”) by Peter Neal is shown at London’s National Film Theatre as part of a British festival of short films. The film includes a 12-string guitar solo of Hendrix performing “Hear My Train A Comin’.”
Radio advertisement promoting The Experience’s August 28, 1968 concert in Providence, RI
Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles, Graham Bond and Eric Burdon jam at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, California.
Margaret Robin interviews Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding for Black Music magazine.
Jimi Hendrix jams with members of Fleetwood Mac at Steve Paul’s Scene Club in the Village.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s sixth North American single, “Crosstown Traffic” b/w “Gypsy Eyes” (Reprise 0792) is released.
Jimi sits for an interview with reporter Jon King at his London apartment on Brook Street.
Jane de Mendelssohn interviews Jimi Hendrix at his Brook Street flat for the March 28 issue of International Times.
Jimi Hendrix’s trial for drug possession entered its third day. Both the Counsel for the Defense and the Counsel for the Prosecution made their final address before the jury. The Defense rested the case on the law that to be charged with the possession of a narcotic there has to be knowledge of its existence. Hendrix’s attorney John O’Driscoll reminded the jury that a conviction cannot be handed down if there is any doubt. After a brief address by the Counsel for the Prosecution the jury left the courtroom and deliberated for eight hours before returning with a verdict of not guilty.
Juggy Sound, New York Studio Recording As had been the case since mixing sessions began on January 14, Hendrix and Kramer huddled at Juggy Sound to continue their work on Band Of Gypsys. Record Plant, New York Studio Recording Message To Love Stepping Stone Earth Blues Ezy Ryder Following his work at Juggy, Hendrix joined Cox, and Miles at the Record Plant for an extended session that began with fourteen takes of “Power Of Soul” (still referred under the working title of “Crash Landing”) put to tape, and although takes 2, 4, and 6 were complete, no master track was flagged. Recorded three weeks after the group’s legendary Fillmore East concerts, the Band Of Gypsys meticulously crafted this prototypical illustration of sophisticated funk. Hendrix would revisit the track on February 3, 1970, overdubbing guitar parts and creating a rough mix. At that stage, work on “Power Of Soul” drew to a close. Hendrix instead chose to feature a live version of the song as part of Band Of Gypsys, issued in March 1970. The January/February 1970 studio recording of “Power Of Soul” was shelved until the marathon mixing sessions Hendrix staged at Electric Lady Studios in August 1970. As Jimi reviewed the many contenders for his projected double album First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, “Power Of Soul” was treated to a new rough mix, resulting in the unique delay effect heard during the song’s opening. Because “Power Of Soul” had been featured on Band Of Gypsys, Jimi had not reserved a position for the song on First Rays Of The New Rising Sun. Although considered for The Cry Of Love, the first posthumous album of Jimi’s unissued studio material, “Power Of Soul” remained unavailable until a truncated version was overhauled and included as part of the controversial 1975 compilation Crash Landing. The original master was edited and remixed to accommodate overdubs recorded in 1974 by session percussionist Jimmy Maeulen. Lasting only 3:15 and retitled “With The Power”, the elaborate introduction and its two soaring lead guitar solos were scrapped. The version featured on the 1997 compilation South Saturn Delta discards the posthumous additions, restoring the full-length version with all of its regal glory intact. Jimi then presented the evening’s most pleasant surprise, seven takes of “Astro Man”. “This is gonna be fun!” laughed Jimi before launching into a enthusiastic rendition of “Astro Man”, his comic cartoon fable. The song’s inspiration was simple, drawing its roots from Jimi’s love for animated cartoons. “That’s what ‘Astro Man’ was all about,” laughs Cox. “We used to love watching cartoons at his apartment. He enjoyed Mighty Mouse and especially loved Rocky and Bullwinkle.” Take seven would later be featured as part of The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. Jimi closed the evening with a single, unsuccessful attempt at realizing a basic track for the promising “Valleys Of Neptune.” In other news outside the recording studio, the January 21 issue of Variety magazine announced the upcoming Isle Of Wight Festival of Music, a five-day musical extravaganza slated for August on the small island located off the south coast of England. Of the event, Variety explains, “The first two days will be a film fest. It is hoped to premier a couple of films of the Easy Rider genre [Murray Lerner’s acclaimed Festival!, a documentary about the Newport Folk Festival, was one of the films scheduled]. The remainder will be a conventional progressive pop bash with about 30 acts taking part. Policy is to not book more than two big names as crowd pullers as they tend to overshadow other acts. No bookings have yet been made.”
Billed as the “Winter Festival For Peace,” Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) and Sid Bernstein, event producers, announced that their services would be donated and that all proceeds of the event will go to the Vietnam Moratorium effort. The five-hour festival slated from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. will feature Harry Belafonte; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Dave Brubeck; Richie Havens; Mother Earth; Peter, Paul & Mary; The Rascals; The Cast of Hair; Judy Collins, and Jimi Hendrix & his Band Of Gypsys.
Suffering from exhaustion and the effects of a drink laced with an unknown substance taken before the show, Hendrix failed to execute his musical plans this evening. Having completed just two songs, “Who Knows” and “Earth Blues” the only thing Hendrix could do at that point was drop his guitar and sit down on the stage, meanwhile Miles and Cox continue to roll through the back beats. As Alfred Aronowitz later recalled in his New York Post column, “The crowd has already gotten twice its money’s worth when Jimi Hendrix stopped playing in the middle of his second number, said ‘That’s what happens when Earth ***** with Space, never forget that, that’s what happens.'” … “Jimi got up, put his guitar down and walked offstage.”
“When he came off stage,” explained Alan Douglas “he actually fell off the apron. At first I thought he was hurt, but he wasn’t. I then ran backstage to the dressing room to see if in fact he was okay. There he was sitting playing the guitar and smiling. I don’t know what went through his mind when he was on stage, but the first thing I noticed, it looked like he was having a big rhythm problem. I think he just got fed up.”
Backstage, Jimi meets Johnny Winter. In recounting the meeting Winter explains, “I saw Jimi backstage at the Madison Square Garden concert, the one where he just couldn’t play. When I saw him, it have me chills. It was the most horrible thing I’d ever seen. He came in with this entourage of people, and it was like he was already dead. He just walked in – and even though Jimi and I weren’t the greatest of friends, we always talked, always – and he came in with his head down, sat on the couch alone, and put his head in his hands. He didn’t say a word to anybody, and no one spoke to him. He didn’t move until it was time for the show. He really wanted to do that gig, but he never should have. It wasn’t that it was bad, but his whole thing was inspiration, and there wasn’t any. It was just completely uninspired; finally, right in the middle of a song, he just took his guitar off, sat on the stage – the band was still playing – and told the audience, “I’m sorry, we just can’t get it together.” One of his people said he was sick, and lead him off stage. He was just so unhappy that there was no way that he could play the show. It didn’t have anything to do with the group – he had already died!”
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Under the watchful eye of manager, Michael Jeffery Rolling Stone’s John Burks was invited to Jeffery’s office on West 37th Street in New York to interview Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding (who was recently brought in from England). Jeffery clearly wanted to present the original Jimi Hendrix Experience as a united group and that the disastrous Madison Square Garden performance by Hendrix with the Band Of Gypsys was a single, isolated episode. Rolling Stone was at the forefront of the counter cultural press and Jeffrey desperately wanted to the benefit of positive coverage for his artist. In his interview, Burks made several attempts to pin Hendrix down on his present musical course, but Hendrix offered no definitive explanation or plan. Rather than lay out a comprehensive plan for the Experience, Hendrix alluded to possible future jamming and recording with Cox and Miles. The guitarist also described the recent Madison Square Garden performance as ‘the end of a big fairy tale’.
Hendrix and Stephen Stills jam at the famed London nightspot The Speakeasy.
Jimi attends a birthday for Jethro Tull’s Glen Cornick in Laurel Canyon.
Continuing on their North American tour, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featuring Mitch Mitchell (drums), Billy Cox (bass), and Jimi Hendrix (guitar) perform at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, TX.