Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Still my favorite guitarist of all time. Thanks for inspiring me and millions of others to pick up an axe, Jimi.
Funny...just yesterday I was chatting with Tommy Chong, and I guess he had a casual friendship with Hendrix back when they were both doing the Seattle<->Vancouver thing in the early to mid 60s. Supposedly Hendrix joined his band (Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers) on stage at a club in England, but he wanted to play bass, not guitar.
The best ever. I flashed back to my brother's room at that time - foil-covered windows keeping the sunlight out, black-light on with accompanying posters on the wall, a Hendrix album cranked up and shakin' the walls; geez, what a great time!
Leave aside Hendrix's musical legacy for a moment and consider the JHE solely as a cultural phenomenon. So there's an African-American and two Englishmen. What do white teenagers in the US want? What they see as the exotic.
I met two of these three in 1968 at Atlanta's Town Theatre. Jimi invited me up to his hotel suite at the Ritz Carleton in Downtown ATL. I never made it to the room because I was spooked out by the security - only 16 at the time and not enough balls to do it. Oh well. I am here and...Jimi..well not...although i got to meet you my friend. And i love you. Only you and I know that. David.
Why, thank you, sir. We (and the baby Jesus) love all our visitors equally and abjectly.
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