In the context of this site, it’s difficult and not necessarily important to do posts about icons such as Hendrix. People who like that superstar or supergroup know far more than I do. Those who don’t aren’t interested. But it’s appropriate to feature a superstar or a superband once in a while. Also, the music generally is great.
Here is the Hendrix Channel at YouTube, a bio, a profile of The Jimi Hendrix Experience at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and brief reviews of the endless stream of Hendrix albums from Wilson and Alroy. Instead of posting another song — again, those who are interested know what they are and where to find them — I thought an interview conducted by Dick Cavett would be more interesting.
Hendrix on The Dick Cavett Showby
Don’t know why they did it, but Rolling Stone has reposted an interesting article on Jimi Hendrix from February 1992.
From the story:
Hendrix was also a pivotal figure in the continuum of American black music. Although marketed to white audiences as a rock & roll wild man and, in the beginning, widely rejected by the black community as such, Hendrix ambitiously recast the music of his forefathers and elders – Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Charlie Christian, Chuck Berry – into electrifying future soul and elegiac cosmic balladry. His experiments with funk rhythms, heavy blues, electronic-sound collages and sensually charged romantic pop, in turn, laid the foundation for later innovations in black rock and R&B by George Clinton, Miles Davis, Prince and Living Colour. At the same time, Hendrix set a new standard in stage outrage with his jaw-dropping act of rubber-limbed playing positions and blatant erotic suggestion.
It’s definitely worth reading.by