In 1965 guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was doing the chitlin circuit with R&B acts, where he honed some of the guitar artistry as well as the showman skills that would soon set the world on fire. Here's a taste of that pre-rock star Jimi, as a member of the Buddy and Stacy revue, doing the Junior Walker classic Shotgun
. If you want more pre-rock star Jimi, well, there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 6, 2013 -
Rapper Shaun Boothe
is now midway through his 12 part series of "unauthorized biographies", which showcase short history lessons about some of the major black figures of our time. Thus far, he's covered James Brown
, Bob Marley
(my favorite), Muhammed Ali
, Martin Luther King (and briefly, Barack Obama)
, Jimi Hendrix
, and Sean "Puffy" Combs
. He's gotten some play
and good press
from major underground hip-hop media, due next in the series is a biography of Oprah Winfrey.
posted by rollbiz
on Jan 11, 2010 -
Written in 1967
by Bob Dylan, it was originally quiet, lowkey... and vaguely menacing
. But when Jimi Hendrix
redefined it the following year
, even Dylan knew
that the song had changed forever.
Since then, it's been covered
(over and over again
), praised almost as often
, and, of course, found to be encoded in the minds of Cylons.
Originally released 40 years ago, erm, yesterday: All Along the Watchtower.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Dec 28, 2007 -
Who wrote the song Hey Joe
? Jimi Hendrix recorded the most famous version, but Hey Joe
has been recorded by a bunch of artists including Love, The Leaves, The Byrds, The Music Machine
, and Eddie Murphy(??!)
. The author of the song themed with infidelity, murder, and ultimately running from the law, is under dispute, which is well documented on Wikipedia
. An mp3 blog called Used Bin Forever
features a post about this subject including a mp3 of a mindblowing version by the 60's Japanese band, The Golden Cups.
posted by byronimation
on Apr 13, 2007 -
A week before Jimi Hendrix died in London he (probably)
recorded the Welsh anthem "Land of our Fathers
" (embedded audio). The eight-track recording languished in a corner of a recording studio until recently.
posted by Rumple
on Dec 31, 2006 -
Sen. Paula Hawkins was at one time curious about what kind of toys Frank Zappa's children played with. Now we know: Among Dweezil's collection was a 1963 Fender Stratocaster owned, played, and burnt to a crisp by one Jimi Hendrix. Now, Dweezil is selling the thing
, but not to buy a new car or house or something. He's trying to raise funds to refurbish his old man's studio. Zappa once wrote an essay about how to raise fantastic children. It seems from this story that he did exactly that.
posted by NedKoppel
on Sep 17, 2002 -