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Mark Knopfler Interview Eclipsed Nr.213 September 2019:
Bis er 1967, mit 18 Jahren, erstmals Hendrix hörte - eine Erfahrung, die sein Leben veränderte: "Ich habe mich sofort in Jimi verliebt und halte sein Gitarrenspiel auf "Hey Joe" und "The Wind Crys Mary" immer noch für das Beste aller Zeiten. Absolut fantastisch".

Jimi Hendrix through the eyes of the world's best guitarists by Lou Papineau - thecurrent.org

Joe Satriani über Jimi Hendrix
Ich war eigentlich ein angehender Drummer, als ich die Stones und die Beatles in der „Ed Sullivan Show“ sah; George Harrison muss wohl der Anlass gewesen sein, dass ich das Drumkit gegen eine Gitarre tauschte. Aber erst als ich später im Radio ›The Wind Cries Mary‹ hörte, brachen alle Dämme. Was Hendrix auszeichnet, ist die Wahl der Noten. Das mag wie eine Binsenwahrheit klingen, ist aber elementar wichtig. Immer wenn ich seine Musik höre, habe ich den Eindruck, dass er gerade zum ersten Mal eine Gitarre in die Hand nimmt – dann aber in Bruchteilen einer Sekunde sein ganzes Potenzial ausschöpft. Wenn man ›Machine Gun‹ von LIVE AT THE FILLMORE hört, hat man nicht die leiseste Ahnung, was in den nächsten Minuten passieren wird. Bei ›Voodoo Chile‹ mag man nicht glauben, wie perfekt die Nummer umgesetzt wird, obwohl sie eigentlich ein banaler Blues in E ist. Auf ›1983‹ klingt er nicht mal wie er selbst; es ist mir noch immer ein Rätsel, was da abläuft. Er morpht sich selbst in den Song, das ist entscheidend – und das ist es, was die großen Gitarristen auszeichnet. Nach seinem Tod waren die 70er Jahre leider eine Durststrecke für viele großartigen Player. Eine Ausnahme ist Jeff Beck, der einfach besser und besser wurde. Ich sah ihn im letzten Jahr in Oakland und war den Tränen nahe, als ich ihn von der Seite der Bühne beobachtete. Als Gitarrist möchte man natürlich das aus sich heraus-holen, was in einem steckt. Und dazu gehört auch, dass man all die großartigen Gitarristen, die man bisher gehört hat, in irgendeiner Form zitiert – ohne sie oberflächlich zu kopieren. Wenn ich spiele, sitzen all meine Heroen auf meiner Schulter.

Johnny Hallyday about Jimi (…in The New York Times (December 7th)
"You know, he was my opening act for a while. I discovered him in London at a club one night. I was with Otis Redding, and we were eating at the restaurant of the club, and we heard that incredible guitar. We went to see who was playing, and it was Jimi. I was about to start a tour in Europe, and I needed an opening act and said, “Do you want to do it?” And he said, “Yeah.” So he toured with me for six months, and we became friends.
After he did “Hey Joe,” he said, “I have a version I’m not using. Do you want it?” I said, “Yeah.” I went to London and recorded “Hey Joe” in French, with Jimi Hendrix playing acoustic behind. It became a No. 1 hit for two months.
After that, he became — well, you know about Jimi. He started to take all those drugs, and then he died. One thing I miss in my life is Jimi. Jimi was one of my few best friends. I hate drugs for that. Drugs take all the good fellows I know."

  Jimi Hendrix - Gitarrengott

Ein völlig neuer Saitenklang,
Der uns damals zu Ohren drang.
Jimi beherrschte das Instrument
Zog durch seinen Stil konsequent

Von "Hey Joe" bis "Voodoo Child"
Steh'n seine Songs für Freiheit.
Mit der spektakulären Spielweise
Verließ er eingefahrene Gleise.

In Woodstock konnte er brillieren,
The Star-Spangled Banner sezieren.
Den Vietnamkrieg scharf im Visier,
Zerlegte er die Hymne hier.

Mit Drogen ging er um recht offen,
Sein früher Tod machte betroffen.
Seine Musik fasziniert noch immer,
Jimi ,wir vergessen dich nimmer!

Rainer Kirmse , Altenburg        

ULI JON ROTH about (...the death of..) JIMI HENDRIX
After Jimi Hendrix's death, Uli Jon Roth became romantically involved with Hendrix's old girlfriend, Monika Dannemann (1945-1996). Roth re-told her first hand accounts about Hendrix's tragic passing.
Says Uli: "Hendrix died in the hospital, Monika always told me the truth. Hendrix was just careless, he has so careless with things like that. I guess too much of an artist, he wasn't grown up enough as you are when you are 27 years old. It was his own doing. He had these pills he couldn't sleep, he thought these pills don't work and he just popped too many, then in the end, he couldn't breathe. The doctors worked on him for an hour at the hospital and it was too late. And they resuscitated him a couple of times. But self inflicted, I'm sorry. Monika didn't say that but I say that because that is what I gather from the entire circumstances and yes, maybe had he been in a different ambulance with more skilled people around maybe his death would not have happened. In fact probably would not have happened. But back then the ambulance people were not trained in England, they did not have any training, they were almost just drivers. I think it was just a chain of unfortunate circumstances. Had he lived I think he would have taken a sabbatical of a year cause he was a little burnt out at the end, he wanted to have a break. Learn how to write and read music. Write for orchestras, larger sections and he would have come back with something very powerful no doubt."


1: What's in a name?
Jimi"s original first names when he was born in Seattle in November 1942 were actually Johnny Allen, something his father later legally changed to James Marshall, though he was always affectionately called "Buster" by his family from day one and also "young Jimmy". The unusual spelling "Jimi" was the invention of The Animals" bassist Chas Chandler, who became Hendrix's manager in the 1960s.

2: A new broom
Every musician has humble beginnings, and in the 1950s, Hendrix began with his father Al"s broom, which he would pretend to strum like a guitar. Al spotted an opportunity, giving young Jimmy a ukelele (which had only one string to start with), then a second-hand acoustic guitar in 1958 that cost $5, at which point Jimmy joined the Velvetones. Al purchased his son"s first electric guitar soon after, a Supro Ozark 1560S, when he joined The Rocking Kings. From 1966 onwards, Jimi"s preferred axe was the iconic Fender Stratocaster (more of which below), a 1968 survivor of which type that once belonged to Jimi sold for a record US$168,000 at auction four years ago (a world away from an old brush) " but at various times he also played the Fender Duosonic, Jazzmaster, Jaguar and Telecaster, as well as the Gibson "Flying V", SG and Les Paul.

3: Military imprecision
Hendrix"s image as a laid-back character went back a long way. Having got into trouble after a spot of car crime, in 1961 Hendrix chose a two-year stint in the army over jail, but would regularly fall asleep on duty and showed a lack of discipline and soldiering skills. He was eventually discharged early by his superiors. Jimi rarely spoke of his army career thereafter, though he did once claim he"d had to leave the military because he"d broken his ankle in a parachute jump.

4: Keeping good company
It"s hard to imagine now when we think of his reputation as a showman lead guitarist who played his guitar behind his back or with his teeth, but in the early 1960s, Hendrix was an anonymous session musician. Having begun the band The King Casuals with his best friend and former army comrade Billy Cox after he left the military, Jimmy (as he still was) then played with the likes of Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, the Isley Brothers (who recorded the original version of the Beatles hit Twist and Shout) and Little Richard. It was after this that he became lead guitarist with his own new band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, where he attracted the attention of Chandler, who persuaded him to move to Britain and start the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

5: London calling
Hendrix based his life mainly in the UK from 1966 when the Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed, living at his girlfriend's flat at 23 Brook Street in the exclusive Mayfair district of London from 1968'9. The building was right next door to a house once occupied by 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel at number 25. Today, English Heritage "blue plaques", placed on buildings associated with famous residents of the country, adorn both the houses in their memory.

6: A different sound
Apart from his sublime skill in making his guitars sing, Hendrix is probably best known for smashing and setting fire to many of them. Though he was left-handed, Jimi would use a right-handed Fender Stratocaster strung upside-down. Not only did this look unusual, but it meant that the Strat"s bridge pick-up was also reversed, making the lower strings more resonant and producing a unique sound.

7: Naked controversy
The final album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience caused controversy on its release in 1968, but not for the songs Voodoo Child or the cover version of Bob Dylan"s All Along the Watchtower for which it"s now best remembered. Hendrix had specifically requested an image of the band taken by photographer Linda Eastman (aka Linda McCartney, wife of the Beatles Paul) for the cover of Electric Ladyland, which was ignored, the UK version having a picture of lots of naked ladies, something Hendrix resented and thought irrelevant. An alternative cover, using a fiery orange image of Hendrix singing, was later substituted. Though it was named after Hendrix's Electric Lady studio, opened in the US in 1967, the album was actually recorded back in the UK and elsewhere in New York, and due to a mistake by a studio engineer was almost called Electric Landlady by accident until Hendrix noticed the error!

8: Who do you think you are, the bassist?
In later years, Hendrix directed production proceedings, and "artistic differences" eventually spelled the end of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. Long-suffering bassist Noel Redding would have to leave the studio on occasions to compose himself, only to find that his bass parts had been recorded by Hendrix himself when he returned. Jimi would also let groupies into the studio, much to Redding"s irritation, with one of these hangers-on indignantly asking him who he was when Redding tried to return to his position after one such breather.

9: Kiss this guy? No thanks
As well as the stage showmanship that had seen him eclipse The Who"s own destructive display at the 1967 Monterey Music Festival by burning his own guitar and famously play the fuzzy, feedback-laden version of The Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969, Hendrix also had a sense of humour when performing. Playing on his fans - mishearing (or "mondegreen") of the line "Scuse me while I kiss the sky" in Purple Haze, misheard as "Scuse me while I kiss this guy", Hendrix would point at either Noel Redding or drummer Mitch Mitchell. At Woodstock, however, he took the line seriously, pointing to the sky as he sang.

10: No more hippy love
For many, Hendrix epitomised the crossing of the race and gender divide and set the tone for the "hippy" look made popular by Monterey and Woodstock, wearing psychedelic shirts, wide-brimmed "Western" hats and flowery flared trousers, and imitating Bob Dylan"s hairstyle. He bought some of his clothes from fashion designer Chris Jagger " the brother of the Rolling Stones" Mick " one of his best outfits being the painted silk shirt he wore at Monterey with a pink fetherboa. Like the Beatles - split the same year, Hendrix"s tragic death in 1970 from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills also largely spelled the end for the magical hippy era in many fans" minds.

"I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked." - Jimi Hendrix
"Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction." - Jimi Hendrix
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix
"I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see." - Jimi Hendrix
"Looks like my baby dont live here no more...thats alright, ive still got my guitar..I might as well go back over yonder, way back across the hills, if my baby dont love me no more....i know her...sister will" - Jimi Hendrix
"I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes." - Jimi Hendrix
"You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven." - Jimi Hendrix
"When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man." - Jimi Hendrix
"Excuse me while I kiss the sky." - Jimi Hendrix
"Room Full of Mirrors" - Jimi Hendrix
"Music is my religion." - Jimi Hendrix
"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." - Jimi Hendrix
"It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead you're made for life." - Jimi Hendrix
"Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel" - Jimi Hendrix
"Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows." - Jimi Hendrix
"Once you're dead you're made for life." - Jimi Hendrix
"Music is a safe type of high. It's more the way it was supposed to be. That's where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It's nothing but rhythm and motion." - Jimi Hendrix
"He'd been listening to black music all his life" - Jimi Hendrix
"When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do." - Jimi Hendrix
"You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things." - Jimi Hendrix
"In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first." - Jimi Hendrix
"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded." - Jimi Hendrix
"I try to use my music to move these people to act" - Jimi Hendrix
"Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music." - Jimi Hendrix
"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to" - Jimi Hendrix
"If I'm free, it's because I'm always running." - Jimi Hendrix
"A broom is drearily sweeping, up the broken peices of yesterdays life. Somewhere a queen is weeping, Somewhere a king has no wife, And the wind cries Mary." - Jimi Hendrix
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix
"My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art." - Jimi Hendrix
"Music is the most important thing. I'm thinking of my future. There has to be something new, and I want to be part of it. I want to lead an orchestra with excellent musicians. I want to play music which draws pictures of the world and its space." - Jimi Hendrix
"Yes, it was raggedy. Yes, it had its problems. Yes, he did some things that he probably felt afterwards it wasn't a great idea to experiment onstage in front of a half-million people," - Jimi Hendrix
"[In response to being asked if his band does gimmicks]Gimmicks, here we go again, gimmicks man, I'm tired of people saying we're.... gimmicks, what is this? The world is nothing but a big gimmick, isn't it? Wars, napalm bombs, all that, people getting burned up on tv and it's nothing but a stunt. Gimmick. Yes we do." - Jimi Hendrix
"She wanted my autograph." - Jimi Hendrix
"It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life." - Jimi Hendrix
"You have to give people something to dream on." - Jimi Hendrix
"The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The BBC Sessions." - Jimi Hendrix
"Not necessarily stoned..but beautiful" - Jimi Hendrix
"The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye." - Jimi Hendrix
"And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually." - Jimi Hendrix
"I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out." - Jimi Hendrix
"Looks like my baby dont live here no more ...thats alright, ive still got my guitar....
...........................(more lyrics)..................
i might as well go back over yonder, way back across the hills, if my baby dont love me no more.... i know her...sister will" - Jimi Hendrix
"When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I'd go on and try to get it together." - Jimi Hendrix
"All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel." - Jimi Hendrix
"All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland." - Jimi Hendrix
"Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel." - Jimi Hendrix
"Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually." - Jimi Hendrix
"It's a bit heavy rock." - Jimi Hendrix
"White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high." - Jimi Hendrix
"We ran into each other in Ohio," - Jimi Hendrix
"We started doing some stuff, just hooking up doing gigs. He got a little bit too far out from me. Stuff he was doing, I didn't want to do." - Jimi Hendrix
"When I die, just keep playing the records." - Jimi Hendrix
"I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan." - Jimi Hendrix
"Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts." - Jimi Hendrix
"I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man." - Jimi Hendrix
"I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around." - Jimi Hendrix
"I try to use my music to move these people to act." - Jimi Hendrix
"I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it." - Jimi Hendrix
"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to." - Jimi Hendrix
"If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment." - Jimi Hendrix
"It all has to come from inside, though, I guess." - Jimi Hendrix
"It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life." - Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix - Die letzten Tage einer Legende - aus GoodTimes 5/2010 von Alan Tepper

Vor 40 Jahren starb Jimi Hendrix in London eines gewaltsamen Todes On the killing floor…  Text als PDF-Datei

von ebothe.domino@t-online.de

Einer der letzten Texte von Jimi Hendrix - geschrieben im Cumberland Hotel, London, September 1970 -

Er lässt Euch auf den Friedhöfen leben 
Selbst die Ratten müssen für ihn mitbezahlen…
Seite an Seite…
Auch Dich versucht er in seine eigene Folterkammer 
mit hineinzuziehen
Wir müssen diese Schweinebacke klein kriegen 
Denn wenn wir es diesmal nicht machen –
Wird uns für immer und ewig 
diese Last und die düstere Visage
zu schaffen machen

Jetzt weiß er, er ist einsam und
Krebs zehrt sein gieriges Hirn auf
Und wenn er das rausfindet, 
werdet ihr alle, in Gänze Schmerzen haben…
Wir müssen diese Schweinebacke klein kriegen
Zurück, unter die Erde

von ebothe.domino@t-online.de

Überlegung zu JIMI HENDRIX (u.v.a.)

Immer wieder las ich Gedichte
über den Tod von Rockstars
allein in ihrem Appartement
im Hotelzimmer in ihrem Swimming-Pool
oder auf dem Rasen vor ihrer Villa
Ich frage mich was ihren Tod
so interessant macht
Es kann nur ihr Leben sein
was ihren Tod interessant macht
ein Leben wozu dieser Tod passt
oder gerade nicht passt
Sicher ist es nicht nur
weil wir ihre Stimmen kennen
und nicht daran denken wollen
dass der gerade singt schon tot ist
denn auch wir singen manchmal
und wollen doch weiterleben
Sicher ist da auch dieses Gefühl
dass hier jemand nicht fertig wurde
mit sich und seinem Erfolg
eine Art Bestätigung für viele von uns
die wir nie Erfolg haben werden
jedenfalls nicht so vereinzelt
und jeder nur für sich allein
Hendrix-Links.de  ///   Eckhard B.  ///   Hendrix-Fans.de

Jimi und sein Gitarrenecho
Neulich rief mich ein alter, immer noch reichlich hippiesker Bekannter an, weil er Wind davon bekommen hatte, daß ich dabei war, ein Geleitwort für diese wunderbare Veranstaltung zu schreiben. Er wollte mir unbedingt noch seine ganz persönliche Einschätzung mit auf den Weg geben. Der alte Freund meinte, das wesentliche bei Hendrix sei, daß er der elektrischen Gitarre »Leben« eingehaucht habe. Das hört sich zunächst etwas esoterisch an, und war wohl so gemeint, aber es kratzt doch auch an der historischen Realität. Denn erst Hendrix schaffte das Kunststück, eine – vielmehr jede! – Fender Stratocaster von der Stange gänzlich originär, individualistisch klingen zu lassen, ihr einen Personalstil einzuimpfen, dessen Reichtum an Spieltechniken, Klangfarben und Effekthaschereien weit über das hinausging, was die Rockgitarre sich bis dahin geleistet hatte. Und überdies sah das alles noch verdammt gut aus. Sowohl die flamboyante Bühnenpräsentation als auch sein Spiel ließ sich von den nachfolgenden Generationen folglich nur mehr einholen und nicht wirklich qualitativ erweitern. Vor allem aber war Hendrix der erste wirklich moderne Rockgitarrist. Er nutzte wie kein anderer die elektroakustischen Entwicklungen der Zeit und emanzipierte mit ihnen den Sound, das bloße Geräusch, stellte es der Note gleichberechtigt an die Seite. Seine wilden Tremolo-Exaltationen, Feedback-Eskapaden, die Phasing-, Flanging- und Panorama-Effekte, seine Fuzz- Kakophonien haben nicht zuletzt diesen Zweck: die klassische tonale Struktur zu entgrenzen.
Und bei ihm war alles gleich da, in schönem Überfluß. Er brauchte nur vier offizielle Platten zur Unsterblichkeit: »Are You Experienced«, »Axis: Bold As Love«, die Single- Kompilation »Smash Hits« und das exorbitante Doppelalbum »Electric Ladyland« – mit Abstrichen vielleicht noch »Band Of Gypsys«, die letzte Veröffentlichung zu Lebzeiten, eher eine Verlegenheitspublikation, um die Plattenfirma zu befriedigen. Aber da Hendrix, immer wenn er spielte, und eigentlich spielte er immer, ein Tonband mitlaufen ließ, erschienen nach seinem Tod Session-Tapes und Live-Aufnahmen im Dutzend. Einige davon ganz leidlich, die meisten jedoch schlicht Leichenschändung. Nein, was er zu leisten imstande war, zeigen ein für allemal die autorisierten Veröffentlichungen: der Flower-Power-Signalsong »Crosstown Traffic«, das psychotisch-harte »Purple Haze«, die sanfte Fingerpicking-Etüde »Little Wing«, der Einführungskurs in den effektiven Gebrauch des Wah-Wah-Pedals »Voodoo Child (Slight Return)« – und nicht zuletzt das vollendete Dylan-Cover »All Along The Watchtower«. Es ist dies eine Rekreation, eine Wiedergeburt, die das kleine nölige Liedchen erst zu einem richtigen Rocksong reifen läßt. Mit einem Solo, das eine Welt für sich evoziert. Aber solche Levitationsleistungen sind vielleicht nur möglich – auf Kosten des Körperlichen. Hendrix starb früh, mit 27 Jahren. Und noch sein Tod war irgendwie beispiellos, unerhört. Genuin.
„Jimi und sein Gitarrenecho“ ist eine Benefizveranstaltung im besten Sinne, weil sie wirklich einmal das Nützliche mit dem Praktischen verbindet: Hendrix auf die einzig adäquate Weise rühmt und preist, nämlich indem man seine Songs interpretiert, und zugleich der Akademischen Klinik „Jan Mikulicz-Radecki“ in Wroclaw finanziell unter die Arme greift, damit hier auch weiterhin kranke Menschen angemessen versorgt werden können. „With the power of soul anything is possible ...“

Der Autor: Frank Schäfer - mit freundlicher Genehmigung

Selbstverständlich benutze ich bei meinen Auftritten "Jimi Zitate" das heißt, ich umreisse diese Stücke kurz, wie "Voodoo Chile", "Power of Soul", "Foxy Lady" und vieles mehr, ich spiele diese Stücke nicht komplett, sondern nur Teile daraus. Ich finde, nur der Meister hat das Recht, diese Stücke bis zum Ende vorzutragen. Ich möchte mit meinen Zitaten aber den Menschen näherbringen, wie sehr ich den Meister verehre, der mir eigentlich das Gitarrespielen beigebracht hat. Ich habe mich mit 14 Jahren und einer Hendrix LP in den hintersten Winkel unserer spießigen Wohnung verkrochen, und habe wißbegierig alles rausgehört, was der Meister spielt. Das habe ich dann auf meine Finger übertragen, und kann heute mit Stolz sagen: Mein erster ernstzunehmender Gitarrenlehrer war Jimi Hendrix! Später gab's dann Leute, die haben eine neue Gitarrentechnik entwickelt, allen voran Eddie van Halen, von denen hat man dann wieder gelernt, bis auf einmal ich das Gefühl hatte, "du bist jetzt erwachsen, alle diese Lehrer, (besonders unser Freund Jimi) haben Dir soviel beigebracht, jetzt kannst du selber schwimmen. Und das konnte ich dann auch. Da war ich auf einmal als eigenständiger Gitarrist neugeboren. Denn ab der Zeit habe ich mich nicht mehr nach anderen Leuten orientiert, sondern bin meinen Weg auf der Gitarre alleine gegangen. Ich habe mir meine eigenen Läufe herausgefunden, und spiele so, dass man das eigentlich nicht mehr verwechseln kann. Meinen Lehrern, wie Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimi Page, Chuck Berry, aber auch Jazzgitarristen wie Charly Byrd, Wes Montgomery und George Benson (Nicht zu vergessen Volker Kriegel, der vor einigen Jahren leider an Krebs verstorben ist), danke ich, dass sie da waren, und mir immer wieder gezeigt haben, es geht doch weiter, wo ich dachte, Scheisse, ich bin am Ende. Und ich weiss, es geht weiter, du hast niemals ausgelernt, bis du tot bist! Solange ist das Leben und das Gitarrespielen eine aufregende Sache!
Ich kann nicht mehr, aber dies ist ehrlich gemeint,
Gruß, Hannes Bauer www.hannes-bauer.de

10 reasons to forget Hendrix' date of death

As I write, it's Friday, the 21st of September and I realized today that I had forgotten Jimi Hendrix' 30th dying day on Monday, the 18th of September! "man, what's happening to you?" I thought.

I accused myself of being phlegmatic, unempathic, lacking responsibility. I accused my dayjob for obtaining so much of my attention that I even was so far away from the things I love and the people I really admire most.

I blamed the modern times for making me become a non-historic, neanderthal-man-like creature, just aiming for his pay envelope, decadent and lazy.

I could almost see it written in lights: "You're growing old, you're becoming like the other sheep-brained normalists you see on your way to work and during the day!".

As the accusations had flown and passed over, I started to argue: maybe there is another reason not recalling such a date, concerning someone that changed my life that much. during the next hours, several thoughts came to my mind i'd like to share with you: it's...

10 possible reasons on how I forgot Jimi's date of death' :
1. the most important thing about Hendrix is his music, not his death: what Jimi is remembered for is his music and his music is alive as  can be!

2. Hendrix as an artist has made deep impacts on us through his songs, his imagery, his playing and recording methods: the seeds he sewed are still in full bloom - the visions and images he invented are common to every rockfan, some might not even know that heritage of pictures and the musical legacy that still is widely used. it means that those flowers are still growin'.

3. Mozart, Gershwin, Bach, they all are remembered as great composers, the demographics of their lives are unimportant concerning the cultural impact of their work - can you guess what's up? it didn't take centuries for Jimi's music to be placed instinctively to those places on culture's shelves!

4. Jimi's music and it's message are about life and not about death in most cases. For example, "hear my train a-comin'" is a quite melancholic tune, but to me it had gospel-like qualities through its energy and the anger Hendrix' expressed through the lyrics. the spiritual and almost religious aspects of his music may be used for escapist purposes (even hailing the use of drugs in some cases), but those songs are centered in the middle of human life: in our hearts and feelings, not cool and rational, but soulful and filled with meaning.

5. I think of Hendrix many times a day, almost always when playing, composing or recording music. I don't even get to feel sorry, as he's all around my music.
6. he probably wouldn't want people to hang their head and cry over him: in many of his songs, especially 'castles made of sand', death and departure are presented together with change and empowerment, creating a trancelike atmosphere of relief. You may also recall that 'little wing' is "walking through the clouds" - what this music transmits is a deep believe in states of consciousness that transcend our usual existance, in fact a basic concept of Christian and most other religions.
7. He was deeply rooted in the 60's, a phase in history when everybody was looking forward to future (yes, no gods!) and led by young people. You may have noticed that nature has its way of preventing young people from thinkin' too much about the frontiers of their earthly existance. As a trademark and high priest of the 60's, Jimi Hendrix still stands for live and vitality.
8. In terms of computer language, Jimi Hendrix has burned different eproms into our souls and minds. eproms are active or have to be exchanged. His eproms are fully usuable and they will last for a very long time.
9. Sing on brother, play on drummer!

10. 1-9 mean that Jimi's memory has overcome the terminating effect of death on physical existance: as he means such a lot to so many people, he lives through his work in many of us. Why should we mourn his death, since he and what he gave to us  feels so alive?
 As if even not by chance, in one of the last editions of the GNW, Frankie W. Kendall told us his story on how drugs destroyed his life and even his ability to play guitar. As I don't mean to get too pathetic, I just would like to say "hello" to frank especially from this place, because life is too precious to be wasted away, either with drugs or with feeling depressed when there's a golden winged ship passing our way - see what even that tiny picture (from Jimi's 'castles made of sand') can do while reading it?
 I feel moved, but I'm not sad. Just ask the axis...

    Franjo Obradovic

When I was 11 years old, my mother took my brother and i to a very special funeral. You see my mother is a musician and said the service was for "the greatest guitar player this world will ever see". Coincidentally, my father had already been in the greenwood cemetery as long as i can remember so, this was a place i had already been to many times. however, something felt very different this time. I'll never forget the electricity in the air, the powerful feeling of grief and also the HENDRIX music in the car on the way home. I'd never seen so many people dressed in black! The powerful feeling of the day still sticks with me. In 1970, a group of friends and i started spending a lot of time there at greenwood we had met on thursdays for about 30 years. Now it seem to have dwindled to just me on thursdays and i wonder where did every one go? I still try to keep the resting-place of Jimi clean and cheerful, in these past 30 years i have met many good and interesting people at greenwood. I get such amazing christmas cards from everyone! Thanks I am thankful to have experienced and feel such a connection with jimi hendrix in my life. My mother has proven to be right "Jimi is and always will be the greatest guitar player this world will ever see" My daughter marsha rose is now 11 years on and looks forward to thursdays. her word for whom she respectfully call Mr. HENDRIX is simply "THE MAN"

Then Jimi Hendrix came out and turned my head backwards! And the whole psychedelic thing. I started playing in ?65 and I started with the blues around '69.
Robert Cray - Interview by Rick Landers - Modern Guitar Magazine

Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
Bob Dylan hat mal gesagt, dass nur einer seine Songs genau so gespielt habe, wie sie gespielt werden müssten: Jimi Hendrix. Der Grund für dieses Lob: Hendrix' Version von All Along The Watchtower von der 68er-LP Electric Ladyland. Auf Dylans im Jahr zuvor erschienenem Album John Wesley Harding fiel der Titel kaum auf, doch Hendrix erkannte das Potenzial des Liedes und befeuerte dessen biblisch-mysteriösen Text mit derart intensiver Gitarrenarbeit, dass All Along The Watchtower umgehend zum Rockklassiker wurde. Noch heute spielt Dylan den Titel auf fast jedem seiner Konzerte - in einer Version, die Hendrix näher ist als seinem eigenen Original.

The Lord & Jimi
"I used to believe in different things as a little boy. I believed that if you put a tooth under your pillow a fairy would come in the night and take the tooth and leave a dime. But as for now, well there are so many different beliefs going round. I believe there must be some kind of God, but there are so many different religions. I believe that human beings somehow just happened. So many things are unexplained. I don't really talk about religion. I was sent to church when I was a kid, one time somebody got excited and hit me in the eye with their elbow. I guess that turned me off church. I suppose human beings have to believe in something, they feel they have to be directed in some way, have to have something to follow, regardless of whether it's true or not."
--Jimi Hendrix

God, Jesus and Jimi Hendrix
There are many fans of Jimi Hendrix who struggle with the unfortunate fear that their hero is 'burning in hell' because he did 'bad stuff' or 'sinned' during his time here with us. 'Literal' and 'selective' interpretation of 'scripture' by many 'religous leaders', mostly but not exclusively on the right, have convinced many of 'the faithful' to believe this nonsense and to actually fear for Jimis 'soul'.
I believe this fear to be unfounded and illogical. What is 'bad stuff? Jimi Hendrix did NOT do 'bad stuff'. To me, 'bad stuff' is anything that hurts another person through ill will or malicious neglect.
Drug use does not, in my view, constitute 'bad stuff' (I smell Bruce Smith around here somewhere!) As a 'consensual' or 'victimless' crime, the only party being 'injured' is the one CONSUMING those evil wicked mean and nasty drugs!
There is a drug in wine. Should the wine have remained water, and was Jesus guilty of 'bad stuff' because he created wine for a party?
!!Jimi never produced mind-altering substances.!! It's 'bad stuff' because it is against the law? How many times did Jesus Christ 'break the law'? Jesus was 'above the law' because of his divine nature? IMO, Jesus's central message was that we are ALL children of god and divine in ourselves as creations of the almighty. Could a divine, omnipotent creator do any less?
"I believe in my self more than anything. And I suppose, in a way, that's also believing in God. If there is a God and He made you, then if you believe in yourself, you're also believing in Him. I think everybody should believe in himself. I don't believe in heaven and hell and all that stuff, but I suppose there must be something in religion."
--Jimi Hendrix

I do NOT believe that Jimi Hendrix was an immoral man, and I am of the opinion that a case contrary to this statement would be virtually indefensible. I do not claim that my statements are 'the truth'. It is good to have con- viction in your beliefs, but Blind Faith (not the band) defies reason and makes further growth of intellect and faith (they grow together by direct proportion) difficult.
If this were not a valid interpetation, then why did Jesus constantly urge his followers to question/defy convention?--
"Jesus shouldn't have died so early and then he could have got twice as much across. They killed him and then twisted up so many of the best things he said. Human hands started messing it all up and now so much of religion is hogwash."
--Jimi Hendrix

We all have our beliefs, and I respect all viewpoints on this subject as it is the most subjective of any of the 'Realms Of Thought' created by the Human Mind.--

"I put on my Hendrix album and my son said, 'Daddy, who's that?' and I said, 'Well son, that's God.'" ROBERT PLANT

Here is a link to an article where Chris Squire tells the story in brief in an interview with Mike Tiano some years back.
The retelling of the story in full on the 2nd cd of the special edition issue of 'Original Syn' is longer and very funny.....

About Jimi

when the ('star-spangled banner') was written it was very nice and beautifully inspiring. your heart throbs and you say, 'great, i'm american'. nowadays we don't play it to take away any of the greatness that america is supposed to have. we play it the way the air is in america today, and that air is full of static.

i feel guilty when people say i'm the greatest guitarist on the scene. what's good or bad doesn't matter to me; what does matter is feeling and not feeling. if only people would take more of a true view and think in terms of feeling. your name doesn't mean a damn; it's your talent and feeling that matters. you've got to know much more than just the technicalities of notes- you've got to know sounds and what goes in between the notes.

after the show i went to jimi's dressing-room and discovered that there was a blazing argument going on between jimi and his manager,mike jeffrey, because hendrix had broken a microphone on stage. i yelled to jeffrey, 'what the fuck are you going on about? this guy has destroyed america and the industry is at his feet, and you're giving him hell for breaking a microphone! piss off!' i threw jeffrey out of the dressing-room that night. 'let the lad enjoy his triumph, he's an american and this is his first gig in america'.

jimi was the most sexual man i ever saw on stage -even mick jagger said so. it was not the vulgar things he did with his guitar at the festival, it was his presence. he was like a cat. he moved elegantly,for a man. he was suave.

jimi was just so far above and beyond what anyone else was doing. as a young guitar player it was really important for me to have someone like that to look up to and look forward to. that doesn't mean that i ever tried to copy hendrix- but to fantasise about doing something as brilliant in a different way.

i couldn't believe how good he was. part of me wanted to run away and say,' oh no, he's everything i want to be - i can't handle this, 'and part of me just fell in love. it was a really difficult thing for me to deal with, but i just had to surrender and say, 'this is fantastic'.

"The key to my lyrics is imagination. The rest is painted with a little Science-Fiction" -Jimi Hendrix

"Woodstock was not Hendrix´s greatest show, but it was his most honest. Everything that was right, wrong, or unresolved about his music and career that summer came through loud and clear, without apology. Jimi Hendrix wanted to make Music as deep as the ocean, as big as the sky and as real as his life. Here is how he tried to do it one morning, at the end of a long strange weekend, in August 1969."

"A musician, if he's a messenger, is like a child who hasn't been handled too many times by man, hasn't had too many fingerprints across his brain. That's why music is so much heavier than anything you ever felt"
~ James Marshall Hendrix ~

Purpurner Schleier war in meinem Hirn
In letzter Zeit scheinen die Dinge nicht mehr dieselben zu sein
Ich benehme mich komisch,aber ich weiß nicht warum
Entschuldige mich, während ich den Himmel küsse.
Purpurner Schleier überall um mich
Weiß nicht,ob ich hoch oder runter gehe
Bin ich glücklich,oder fühle ich mich elend?
Was auch immer es ist,das Mädchen hat einen Zauber über mich gelegt.
Purpurner Schleier war in meinen Augen
Weiß nicht, ob es Tag oder Nacht ist
Du hast mich am Blasen,dabei,mein Gehirn rauszublasen
Ist es morgen oder ist es nur das Ende der Zeit?

New York June 23,1968 To Whom It May Concern: I consider and recommend Christian York in the highest manner for his engineering skills and sound technique. Signed J i m i H e n d r i x

Hi Jimi Hendrix Fans!
Read this. I thought everyone would like to read it. It's Jimi speaking his mind on just about everthing!

Burn Down the Churches
Burn Down the Churches
Burn down the crosses
Burn everything that represents the lost
Destroy the tabacco fields
where chemicals are born to burn in your chest
Smash all the liquor houses
Where the devil toasts to your death
It's time for a change
Time to rearange
It's time for the devil to trip over his evil cane
We're not black against the white
We're the Now against the old
And if they don't want to understand
tell them to at least stay out of the road
Because I can hear the new world marching
Trying to find its peace of mind
But the path to freedom will be beaten
There's no room for the hateful kind
There's no room for the ungrateful kind
No room for the ugly mind
In these words some may search for colour
For hope to clouds of joy
But that is a road on its own
It may go in circles
And you may wind up by only to be painfully employed
So many good things come from the Earth
But just as many bad things as well
Mariuana stems off violence
But in the same light.Bad whisky from the lakes of hell
Burn away the bible
for too many fingerprints of man
smudge the once true hope
that we may Live Now
It's the hand book of the war machine
which has wracked even our age
which is now crippled in spiritual pain
Burn down the religions
divided in which they stand..
for what they preach is money and games
for there is only one God.
and that in the soul of every man.
Not a different disguise for
Each corner of the same land
These are words of blind protest
These word are born from
Long ago clashes with today
Atomic power can light our homes forever
but instead it is used for Continental
SIZE graves
Only 1/1000,000,000th of the human
mind we find ourselves using
The rest we fool we foolishly throw away
And so ignorant as we are
As long as we are,
As long as the money rolls.hold off
those world wide happy tones
there's money to be made from Killings and spades..
forget your conscience come have a bone
But instead of all the gnawing, some
are like cows in a meadow, chewing our cud's
and complain and constantly keep pregnant
We tremble in the milk line
Painfully ruthlessly being
Drained. drained, drained -
But while the dogs turn to pigs
And then go down to of gloom
Spear headed by the church of
your choice.
Banquets and burps
For the owners of the land.
As the sound of War drowns
Out the dry hungry voice
"Prisoners should be kept
in shackles and whipped
for their crimes" says a man
which the sign of death crosses
and hangs proudly from his neck.
hardly Never the criminal mind is offered mental help
"Just pay the head chopper.
he needs a raise anyway
So what the dawn, what the hell
What the heck
Desease has wracked not only
our emotions - But our physical well being
as well. And miricles come but
you must wait you cancerous
unfortunate son of a gun, in
the first option is claimed
by hell.Try it for making
Bigger War, head propogandar
And they play the rat race game
"Buy and Sell"
"And for heaven sake, clear away all
those waiting stick folk who
are waiting downm by the bell"
Burn down the slums
their skeletons running with rats
Go back to the capitol and live and
rest in the Whitehouse and
don't let them forget the facts.
Have teachers and tudors
teach them how to rebuilt your homes
With funds the land better give
you funds for centuries
You know to you they owe
And if the don't give in
fight fire with fire - And then we
all must stand strong for free world
life - our weapon will be God
Who will be in our souls
just as we believe
in our Natural Human right
With so many miracles waiting
in line.our babies even suffer
delay, Schools brain washing
traditional existence in minds
of the innocent by historical decay
Even the sun is hesitant to
Sinne.through the slag filled
clouds that comes from
crowds of factories coughing
waste, grit and grime.
Air can be clean, but
dear me, would you dare think
of all that money to spend
(bless its little paper heart)
Just to keep from breathing
Filth and gaseous slime?

Neil Young about Jimi

"He was at one with his instrument, no one else had brought the electric guitar to that level; No one has since. It was like handstands above everyone else, so liquid. Absolutely the best guitar player that ever lived; There's no one else even in the same building as that guy. You gotta preserve Jimi and don't let him rust away any more now."

Für Hendrix gibt es nur eine Umschreibung:inspirierend. Was er macht, ist elektrische Religion... Bei Hendrix von Bühnenpräsenz zu sprechen,wäre so untertrieben,als würde man die Enterprise als Schlauchboot bezeichnen.

Linda Keith über Jimi:
Er war sehr kindlich,sehr schüchtern und nervös. Wenn er mit einem sprach,sah er einen nicht an. Er kam mit ins Apartment und spielte Stücke von Dylan. Für ihn war Dylan der Größte.

John Hammond über Jimi:
Dieser echt gutaussehende schwarze Junge spielte mit Typen,die kaum den Beat halten konnten... Ich konnte es einfach nicht glauben-er spielte mit den Zähnen und hatte diese ganzen raffinierten Kunststückchen drauf.. Der Junge hatte das alles drauf und spielte den Blues einfach göttlich.

Jimi about death:
"It's funny the way most people love death. Once you are dead you are made for life. You have to die before they think you are worth anything...".
Jimi Hendrix

Wenn mich FRÜHER jemand fragte: ''Welche Musik magst Du? -antwortete ich: Jimi Hendrix !'' ...da hiess es: '' Hey Mann, wie kannst Du so' n Shit hören?''
HEUTE sagen sie: ''Weisst Du noch, wie wir FRÜHER Hendrix gehört haben?''