Post by Cat Stevens on Sept 26, 2008 17:48:30 GMT -5
"them Canadians, man..."
Yo! Back from Dalmazia! Time for a brand new superb thread by me!
Back in highschool my nickname was "Jimi". I hated it, I hate all nicknames, but I thought well ok, since I always loved the man. (also being a left-handed guitarist myself...)
So, Hendrix thread. You all know how he was a guitar god and all that rap, right? We're not interested in that here. Gonna post all the dirt, all the fuck-ups, rare material that documents it, both audio and visual. Kind of stuff that the Cripes board is interested in anyway.
If you don't dig it, there are interesting hobo's threads around for you to enjoy.
More about the above photo later, that's it for the first post, and here's a foto of Jimi's dick (well, plaster casting anyway), just to make sure you'll open this thread again.
Post by Cat Stevens on Sept 26, 2008 18:13:10 GMT -5
It's always encouringing when you're given an 'ok' for a thread from one of the bosses (and that IS a rare gem - Lulu wasn't so lucky on her show couple of months after that, what with the unplanned Cream tribute by Jimi).
So, reading all his bio books, you'll find out that back in his early days, '61-'62, he served for 18 months in the Army, and that he was discharged after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump, or even that he pretended to be gay so he could get out of the military service.
It all looked too suspicious to the serbian branch of the cripes team, so after a long search they came up with... this.
Jimi's handwritten report:
Anyhow, I guess his sarge wasn't too pleased with him:
Haw haw! And here's a report from the soldier himself:
i first became aware of the plastercasters watching the film "wr: mysteries of the organism". it was banned in england but they showed it illegally at liverpool university in about 74 and all the cool guys were there digging it.
i also saw the famous hendrix on the lulu show where he stops playing his own song and starts playing the riff from sunshine of your love dedicating it to "the cream" as they might have been called then. it was a talking point in the pub that night.
Post by Cat Stevens on Sept 27, 2008 10:17:03 GMT -5
Today's "Jimi's fuck-up of the day" post is his Toronto bust, 3 may 1969. (see the first photo in the thread)
He was arrested at the Toronto airport after the customs found heroin in his flight bag - later in december, couple of weeks before his famous New Year's Fillmore gigs (live "Band of Gypsys" album) he denied the charges (said it was a "gift from the fan" and at the time didn't know what's in the little package) and was actually found "not guilty" - a good verdict in my opinion, as:
a) he hated heroin, as reported by his closest friends, drummer Mitch, etc.
b) even if he did it, he would never made a moronic mistake of carrying it around in a flight bag entering Canada. Canada, right? They actually made Keith Richards leave heroin in 1979.
Jimi in front of the court, with few typical canadian fans:
Jimi in court. I guess someone told him it would not be a bad idea to remove the headband for this occasion.
For years I've tried to find a transcript of his hearing - saw only bits of it before. Here's the whole thing:
Have fun. Tomorrow: Jimi's disastrous 2 september 1970 concert in Denmark, 16 days before his death; he left the stage after only 3 songs. It was such a horrible gig, it's great. For the Island's board anyway. Photos and mp3s of the complete 25 minute gig included.
Post by Cat Stevens on Sept 29, 2008 13:11:06 GMT -5
As promised, here's Jimi's aborted 2. IX 1970. concert in Aarhus, Denmark. Sorry for my grammar mistakes.
A lot of people think that his last live performance was that at the Isle of Wight festival, 30 august 1970. Wrong. He actually went on a short european tour (31 august - 6 september), playing in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. He came to the IOW fest completely exhausted, due to lack of sleep (having partied the night before at the opening of his Electric Lady studio in NYC), and while his set was nothing to write home about, it was monumental compared to some of these european shows (and he played english anthem & sgt. pepper after all - www.youtube.com/watch?v=exBMqDEHwkg ).
So he played over 2 hours at the festival and finished at 5 am in the morning of 31 august. That same evening he was already on stage in Stockholm. 1 september, another gig in Sweden, and then... it all fell apart. He arrived in Aarhus by plane, visibly shaking and sweaty. Checked into the hotel, took some Mandrax pills to get some sleep and rest. Instead of getting rest, he got stoned.
He then managed to give a sort of a press conference in his hotel room, talking non-stop and confusing everyone:
"LSD is naked ... I'm just a man like everybody else, eg. Alexander the Great or Napoleon..."
Funny bit I've found online, from someone in the audience who was present there: "Everyone wondered what trick Jimi was doing as he was bending over and picking something up from the floor all the time when he came on stage. Suddenly I noticed that Jimi was actually dropping his plectrum all the time."
Jimi on stage:
After only 3 songs, while Mitch came to the rescue with the drum solo, Jimi left the stage...
... and got into the car with his girlfriend of the day, Danish model Kirsten Nefer.
Kirsten: "He hung over my shoulder all the way out to the dressing room. Total chaos there. Everybody was in panic. Jimi had totally collapsed. And then we had to go out to the taxi through a crowd, and people were standing and staring."
Just before leaving the hall, Jimi told reporter in the dressing room: "I'm sick, I can't [play] any more! Of course, I want no money for this concert and I promise to come back here and play a free concert."
Alas, he never got a chance...
Here are the mp3s of the whole thing - you don't have to know these songs in original form or to be a music expert to hear there's something very wrong here / missing the lyrics, wrong rhythm, etc.
Post by Cat Stevens on Sept 29, 2008 21:19:28 GMT -5
"i guess playing the guitar like that non stop fucks you up."
I guess, but don't forget this was really rare. For instance, the next evening's concert (Copenhagen, 3 september) was one of his finest 1970 gigs - and it was only 15 days before he died.
In fact, there were only two sad incidents of this kind - this one, and the infamous concert at the Madison Square Garden earlier that year where he walked out after only 2 songs performed, thus ending the Band of Gypsys group (more on that one in tomorrow's post), so that's also the reason I've posted it - we're not talking Jim fucking drunk Morrison here; this is the guy who would get visibly irritated when the amp would start humming, or even one of his strings would get out of tune or even worse broke - he would usually signal the drummer to take a solo while he fixes the problem. Jimi did a lot of experimenting with LSD when writing songs, at home, at the parties, etc. but he was always very careful when performing.
Post by Cat Stevens on Sept 30, 2008 14:55:29 GMT -5
... which brings us to the Band of Gypsys final concert, 28 january 1970.
You all remember this one, right?
"Machine gun" and all that? Live album that won many prizes, recorded at the Fillmore over 2 nights, 4 shows were played on 31 december 1969 & 1 january 1970. Gone was the psychedelic Jimi of the early Experience group, these kewl guys played funk, soul, blues, anything.
So 4 weeks later the powerful black trio was invited to headline this "Winter peace festival". It was a fucking disaster. This time gonna just copy the info from the booklet I got with the bootleg, interesting read; photos and mp3s of the event by me.
"On January 28th 1970, The Band of Gypsys were to play last their show at Madison Square Garden for the Winter Festival For Peace. It was organized by the Vietnam Moratorium committee with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary running the show and getting all the talent to play for free. Jimi showed up too stoned to play.
Johnny Winter: "When I saw him it gave me the chills. It was the most horrible thing I'd ever seen. He came in with his entourage of people and it was like he was already dead. He just walked in and even though Jimi and I weren't the greatest of friends, we always talked, always - and he came in with his head down, sat on the couch alone and put his head in his hands. He didn't say a word to anybody and no one spoke to him. He didn't move until it was time for the show. He really wanted to do that gig, but he never should have."
As he walked on stage a woman yelled out "Foxey Lady!". Jimi responded with "Foxey Lady is sittin' right over there, in the yellow underpants stained with dirt and blood." People in the audience were mortified! He then performed terrible versions of "Who Knows" and "Earth Blues", then stumbled to the mike and said "That's what happens when earth fucks with space, never forget that." He then sat down on the stage near the drums and refused to continue. Buddy, trying to take control of the situation, addressed the audience. "Listen it seems as though we are not quite getting it together here. Just give us a little more time because it has been hard. Give us a few minutes and we'll try to get something together." Jimi unplugged his guitar, went back to his dressing room, and bent over with stomach cramps.
Sacha Reins: "Jimi picks up his guitar again, and he tries to start another song, but it is even worse. Then he throws his guitar on the floor and leaves, his body shaking from sobbing. Apart from a few fools who are booing, everybody is silent. They are getting up and stand in silence, unable to comfort a friend, the idiots."
Billy Cox: "Buddy and I walked over to Madison Square Garden, went into the dressing room, and there was Jimi. He was not in the best shape. Jimi was sitting next to Jeffery, and we knew it wasn't going to work. Jimi was in bad shape. We thought about not going out there, because someone was trying to make assholes out of us, but we did. We thought Jimi might be able to make it, but we only got through that one song before it started coming apart. What went down was very embarrassing, and it left Jimi angry and disillusioned. It was unfortunate."
From the book Setting the Record Straight : "Buddy Miles claims that Michael Jeffery, in a deliberate effort to sabotage the Band of Gypsys's performance, slipped Hendrix LSD backstage. "Both my sister and I saw Jeffery slip Hendrix two tabs of acid, and I personally saw Hendrix take them. He looked so scared.""
We'll probably never find out the truth. Some say Jimi accidentally did it to himself. After all, this had happened before in Germany. Others say that Jimi was already high and Mike Jeffrey made it worse by giving him acid before the show. The popular belief is that Mike Jeffrey gave Jimi bad acid as a "Final Solution" to destroy the band publicly. This was backed up by Buddy Miles' statement. Whatever the cause, it was the end of The Band of Gypsys. Backstage Mike Jeffrey confronted Buddy Miles and told him he was fired..."
Hendrix and Winter backstage:
"that's what happens when Earth fucks with Space, m'kay?"