Experience Hendrix - Featured Stories

Experience Hendrix: Featured Stories delves behind-the-scenes, on stage and in the studio to further explore the music, life and legacy of Jimi Hendrix… the world’s greatest guitarist. Check back regularly for new stories, interviews, photos, music, videos and more.

A HAPPENING FOR LULU - The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Last BBC Appearance

By Jon Price. It’s early Saturday evening on January 4, 1969. This is traditionally the time for variety programs on British television, time for family viewing 'round the idiot box and this week, for the nation's pleasure, The Jimi Hendrix Experience are to play a couple of numbers on a show called Happening For Lulu. The live appearance turned out to be The Experience’s last appearance on the BBC and has made for one of the most legendary moments in rock ‘n’ roll television history.

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By Frank Moriarty Texas. Small word, big state. It’s certainly one of the most unique members of the United States of America, one that is proud of its heritage and traditional values but not afraid to call attention to itself. Just consider the state’s slogan: “Don’t Mess With Texas.” The amount of time that Jimi Hendrix spent in Texas may have been brief, but it’s clear that his influence on the Lone Star State shines on brightly even more than 50 years after that short tour of February 1968.

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By Matt Taylor. Hendrix historian Matt Taylor has created a richly detailed oral history of Jimi Hendrix's performance at the Men's Gym at Sacramento State College on February 8, 1968. In addition to the February 8, 1968 performance, Taylor's journal also details two later visits to Sacramento by Hendrix on September 15, 1968 at the Memorial Auditorium and April 26, 1970 at Cal Expo. Born in 1966, Taylor never had the privilege of seeing Hendrix in concert. Nonetheless, his oral history helps to provide Jimi's fans with a vivid appreciation of the Hendrix phenomenon in its earliest and most vibrant stage. This excerpt explores some of the history behind The Experience’s February appearance.

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RECORDED IN 1733… FROM THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STUDIO - Jimi Hendrix Live In Stockholm, Sweden

By Dave Thompson. The holidays were over in every sense of the word, not that Hendrix's schedule ever lightened up for long. The Experience were due to begin their next European tour in Sweden, and by their second date, the group had arrived in Stockholm to headline two shows at the famed Konserthuset venue on January 9 where they were supported by Jethro Tull. Featuring songs jokingly introduced by Jimi as being "first recorded in 1733 at the Benjamin Franklin Studio," to dedication to the "American Deserters Society," it was a night that Jimi attributed to "all those people who can actually feel and think for themselves."

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MESSAGE TO LOVE - A Brief History of the Band Of Gypsys

By Andy Aledort. Fifty years after their debut, the Band Of Gypsys remains a towering achievement in the stunning, all-too-brief career of Jimi Hendrix. Their recordings have long been hailed as a touchstone of blues, funk, fusion, and rock that exemplified Hendrix’s quicksilver transition from pop phenomenon to new unchartered territories. It is improbable that the Band Of Gypsys album, and perhaps even the band, would have materialized without a series of unusual extenuating circumstances. Here’s a brief look back at how it all came together for one magical message to love.

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AN ELECTRONIC THANKSGIVING - The Jimi Hendrix Experience at Philharmonic Hall 1968

By Dave Thompson. New York had never seemed so unforgiving. At the beginning of November 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was thrown out of the St. Moritz Hotel, presumably for being longhaired musicians. Three weeks later, they weren't even allowed into the Hilton Hotel in Rockefeller Center and, in between times, the most prestigious show on the band's latest run through the United States had encountered a very unexpected problem. It was Thanksgiving, and the group had been invited to play New York's Philharmonic Hall; the first rock band ever to be admitted into those hallowed grounds.

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BILLY COX: DESTINY CALLING - 
Fate led him to his music, and his personal and professional relationship with Hendrix

Interview by Frank-John Hadley. It's been thirty years since Billy Cox shared a stage with Jimi Hendrix, but he believes it was a matter of destiny, that it was fate that led him to his music, and his personal and professional relationship with Hendrix.

This classic interview with legendary bassist, Billy Cox was conducted by Frank-John Hadley during an April 1999 in-person visit with Billy Cox at his “Capitol Jewelry” pawn shop in Nashville, TN. It was first published in the September/October 1999 edition of Experience Hendrix Magazine.

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...AND THE GODS MADE LOVE - Electric Ladyland - Jimi's Divine Masterpiece

By Andy Aledort. Electric Ladyland is widely regarded as the apex of Jimi Hendrix's musical creativity within the confines of the studio environment. It is a vivid snapshot of his innovative artistic genius, captured during what was an extremely fertile and creative period in his life. As rock music began to explore its very boundaries, via cutting-edge, creatively ambitious releases like Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hendrix seized the opportunity to devise an album of a scope that had previously only been imagined. Thus was planted the seed for the creation of what many regard as the greatest rock album of all time, Electric Ladyland.

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ELECTRIC LADYLAND - Letter To The Room Full Of Mirrors: A Cover Story

By Steven C. Pesant. Electric Ladyland was the third and final studio album released by The Jimi Hendrix Experience… and it was all Jimi’s. Developed over the course of 13 long months, a period in which The Experience performed a near endless series of concert tours throughout North America and Europe, it also saw Hendrix taking full control of his music.

This time, Electric Ladyland was Jimi’s own personal message for the world—comprised of 16-songs and 77-minutes of music—and served as his most ambitious and confessional album of his lifetime. It was a near cinematic journey exploring themes of atmospheres, oceans, crisis and solitude, and Jimi’s prepared credits read like a major motion picture. Produced and directed by Jimi Hendrix—every aspect of the album came from Jimi’s hands … or so it seemed.

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Who Controls the Album Cover Artwork?

By Dave Thompson. It's the first thing you see when you buy a new album, and one of the last things you'd imagine could be subject to dispute. A record sleeve, after all, should say more for its contents than the musicians ever could, and if you range through rock's most dynamic catalogs, the jackets come to mind as quickly as the music, and encapsulate them as well: the historical hall of fame that covers The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper; the pennant bedecked scooter on the front of The Who's Quadrophenia; the cut 'n' paste blackmail text for the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks; and of course, a room full of 19 bare naked women for The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland.

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