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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.
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.
BILLY COX: DESTINY CALLING – Fate led him to his music, and his personal and professional relationship with HendrixNov 19 2021
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.
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.
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.
Who Controls the Album Cover Artwork?Oct 26 2021
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.
By Dave Thompson. It was hard to believe, but the band was going home. They'd been on the road for just about nine months straight; they'd been touring America since the last days of July. But finally, exhaustedly, they'd reached the end of the road ... or at least, they'd been given three weeks off, the longest break in their work schedule in almost exactly two years. Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell had already booked their flights back to London; Jimi Hendrix had rented a house in Beverly Hills' Benedict Canyon. They just had two more shows to play, in Sacramento on Sunday, and Hollywood tonight. Here's the story of The Experience’s headlining appearance at the historic Hollywood Bowl on September 14, 1968.
THE BLUE WILD ANGEL GETS HIS WINGS – Interview with Academy Award Winning Director: Murray LernerAug 24 2021
By Jym Fahey. August 31, 2021 marks the 51st Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's headlining appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival of Music. In the late 1990s and early 2000's Experience Hendrix teamed up with Academy Award winning Director Murray Lerner to develop an extended Jimi Hendrix concert film and accompanying soundtrack release. Debuting in November 2002 Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight was the first comprehensive film to document this historic performance in front of 600,000 fans. We’re looking back at the making of this film and the footage that Murray Lerner shot at the original festival with this special interview originally conducted in 2000 during the film’s production.
By Wayne Pernu. Jimi Hendrix's performance of "Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock was a turning point in the history of the counter-culture movement. As a summing up of one of the most volatile eras in the nation's history, his adaptation of our national anthem has entered our cultural lexicon as perhaps the most powerful musical touchstone of the era, a zeitgeist of expressiveness.
By Dave Thompson. It was raining. Of course, it was raining – what else does it ever do in Seattle? But even local standards were shattered as Sunday, July 26, 1970, swam into overcast view and the heavens literally opened up and wept, turning the sky to steel and the streets to rivers. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s early evening performance on this date would mark Jimi’s last home-town concert. Here is that story …