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Electric Lady Land

25 Oct

One of rock’s most groundbreaking and ambitious albums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Electric Ladyland,’ arrived in stores in October 25 1968. In a way, humanity is still trying to catch up to its futuristic musical vision.

Rolling Stone’s 1968 review here.


“Rumble” at American Bandstand

10 Feb

Link Wray, pioneer of distortion and the power chord, was called ‘the Rumble Man.’ On February 10, 1959 Link Wray and his Ray men performed his controversial instrumental “Rumble” on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.”

“Rumble” has the distinction of being the only instrumental song ever banned for radio play in the U.S.  The offensiveness, apparently, had to do with the fear that the song might incite gang violence.

Link Wray ‘s original single from vinyl, along with the opening street scene from the 1957 Delicate Delinquent movie by Jerry Lewis. Rumble came later in 1958.

Jimmy Page talking about “Rumble”.

A documentary of Link Wray.

Electric Ladyland: A real landmark in the history of rock and roll.

25 Oct

On October 25, 1968, Electric Ladyland is the third and final album of new material by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released  on Reprise Records. It is the only Hendrix studio album professionally produced under his supervision. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks in November 1968.[1]

A  real landmark in the history of rock and roll.

From Classic Albums

The Roosters ? Casey Jones and the Engineers?

4 Oct

On October 4, 1963, in Richmond, England, 17-year-old Eric Clapton, who had previously performed with the Roosters and Casey Jones and the Engineers, joined the Yardbirds, replacing their original guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham for a show at the Crawdaddy Club.

The young Eric Clapton.

With only the clothes he was wearing….

24 Sep

With only the clothes he was wearing (he sold all his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York), Jimi  Hendrix with  Chas Chandler, former bassist with the Animals, fly from New York to London. There, Hendrix will form a new band and Chandler will become the manager of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. En route, they decide to change the guitarist’s name from Jimmy to Jimi.

Eno and Fripp Write Music for Computers

22 Sep


Robert Fripp - Soundscapes

Robert Fripps talks about Windows Vista

Robert Fripp – Microsoft Soundscapes (Complete).

from Fripp, Eno and the Microsoft Sound

“I don’t know whether to be delighted or depressed, but it seems many of my musical heroes are now writing music for computers. And it’s emerging as something of an art form in itself.”

Early on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London

18 Sep

Early on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party and was picked up at close to 3:00 by girlfriend Monika Dannemann and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne CrescentNotting Hill. From autopsy data and statements by friends about the evening of September 17, it has been estimated that he died sometime after 3:00, possibly before 4:00, but also possibly as late as 11:30, though no estimate was made at the autopsy, or inquest.[196]

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942[1][2] – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history[3][4][5] and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to four years.[6][7][8][9] He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival after initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.[10]

Interesting conspiracy theories here.