Jimi Hendrix: Talking (In his own words)

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And freaks they are very prejudiced. In order to be the other way you have to have your hair short and wear ties. There are too many heavy songs out nowadays. I have this one little saying: when things get too heavy just call me helium—the lightest known gas to man. You talk quite a bit about audio visual importance, too. The importance of a having a film with your music.

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Now are you thinking in terms of the days when we can fit a cassette into the side of our television and play music and a film together or, I mean…. So when they get their flat they can…. So like this extra room could be a whole audio-visual environment. They could go in there, you know, just lay back, and the whole thing blossoms out with this color and sound type of scene. You can go in here and jingle out your nerves or something, you know.

Keith Altham interviewed Hendrix a total of eight times over the years. More from Altham :. Such a big fan, in fact, that he wanted to build a museum dedicated to the musician in their mutual hometown of Seattle. Allen also has a massive collection of Hendrix memorabilia. Menu Facebook Twitter. Episodes Blog About Donate. It used to belong to Ringo [Starr].

In fact, they only took the drums away the other day. There's stereo all over the place and a very kinky bathroom with lots of mirrors.

Immediately complaints started to pour in. We used to get complaints about loud, late parties when we were out of town!


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We'd come back next morning and hear all the complaints. Chas got real mad about it, but I didn't let it bug me. The first time I played guitar in England I sat in with Cream. I like the way Eric Clapton plays. His solos sound just like Albert King. Eric is just too much. And Ginger Baker, he's like an octopus, man. He's a real natural drummer.

I couldn't work too much because I didn't have a permit. If I was going to stay in England I had to get enough jobs to have a long permit. So what we had to do was line up a lot of gigs. Chas knows lots of telephone numbers.

He helped me find my bassist and drummer and form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was very hard to find the right sidemen, people who were feeling the same as me.

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Monterey, California. That was our start in America. Everything was perfect. I said: "Wow! Everything's together! What am I gonna do? In other words, I was scared at that, almost. I was scared to go up there and play in front of all those people. You really want to turn those people on. It's just like a feeling of really deep concern. You get very intense. That's the way I look at it. That's natural for me.

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Once you hit the first note, or once the first thing goes down, then it's all right. Let's get to those people's butts! Music makes me high onstage, and that's the truth. It's almost like being addicted to music. You see, onstage I forget everything, even the pain. Look at my thumb — how ugly it's become. While I'm playing I don't think about it. I just lay out there and jam. You get into such a pitch sometimes that you go up into another thing. You don't forget about the audience, but you forget about all the paranoia, that thing where you're saying: "Oh gosh, I'm onstage — what am I going to do now?

I have to hold myself back sometimes because I get so excited — no, not excited, involved. When I was in Britain I used to think about America every day.

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I'm American. I wanted people here to see me. I also wanted to see whether we could make it back here. And we made it, man, because we did our own thing, and it really was our own thing and nobody else's. We had our beautiful rock-blues-country-funky-freaky sound, and it was really turning people on. I felt like we were turning the whole world on to this new thing, the best, most lovely new thing. So I decided to destroy my guitar at the end of the song as a sacrifice. He planned to work, he told young Patti, on "music unlike anything he'd written, or anyone had heard, before" on his return from the Isle of Wight festival and a tour of Europe.

But Hendrix never returned.

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And I'll never forget the afternoon of September 18 , when, aboard the bus from school, I learned from the front page of the evening paper that Hendrix — whom I'd heard play just a few days before — had died by swallowing his own vomit after taking sleeping pills, a block from my home. I wrote in chalk on the empty pavement outside the Samarkand Hotel, Notting Hill, 'Kiss the sky, Jimi", and hid while a man washed it away. Unsurprisingly, the book ends with a better epitaph, Hendrix's own: "When I die, just keep on playing the records".

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