|Hendrix's new CD, _Blues_. Obviously you are in contact with the people
|'Hey-Joe', and on this list Mr.Douglas is not respected very much. This is
|commodity. Also, his organisation of the Hendrix releases often leaves much
|concert. (Dispite the missing numbers being available on bootlegs). Why? As I
|and is employed to produce goods from it that will sell (i.e. make money for
|the owners) and this could explain some of his descisions. On the other hand
|"Electric Gypsy") who have gained great repsect from Hendrix fans.
|'inside' think of Mr. Douglas. Basically, I don't like the critisism that
|to make my own mind up on this subject. I appologise for bringing up a topic
|descisions that are taken reguarding the Hendrix catalog.
|planned _First Rays Of The New Rising Sun_ release. Alan Douglas said in an
|interview that he wishes to release this double album as Jimi had planned it.
|_Blues_, and for taking the time to read this far.
|Date: 29 Apr 1994
| Thanks for the nice post. I myself do not know nor have ever met Alan
|Douglas, and like you, I have had some reservations about him, too.
| I came to listen to Hendrix while in high school (Geneva, NY, that little
|old upstate town). I was fortunate to have an excellent record store in
|Geneva that always had the European versions of albums by the Beatles, the
|Stones, the Who and yup, Jimi Hendrix. In fact, I purchased the European
|versions of AYE and EL (with the women on the cover) from that store. Now
|this was 10 years ago, a time when the Hendrix discography was still far from
|settled. CRASH LANDING and MIDNIGHT LIGHTNING were still in print, and LOOSE
|ENDS was available from Europe. It was obvious even then that Alan Douglas
|wasn't doing the material right.
| Alan Douglas in some respects reminds me of Norman Petty, who released much
|Buddy Holly material in somewhat questionable ways. Petty hired a Crickets-
|sound-a-like combo, the Fireballs, to provide stereo instrumental back-ups to
|some old Buddy Holly home tapes. Among the those tapes were some instrumentals
|by Holly and his drummer--Petty had the Fireballs record completely over the
|track, then released it as a Holly performance! A world that tolerates a
|Norman Petty move like that, can also permit Douglas releases like CRASH
| The compiler and booklet writer, Michael Fairchild, contacted me at the
|Archive. Michael is as careful and meticulous MUSIC researcher with Hendrix's
|music, as I have seen any one else in the music research game. Michael pretty
|much works solely with Hendrix research, although the new HENDRIX: THE BLUES
|CD forced him to read up on blues history. Interestingly, Michael grew up in
|Rochester in the same neighborhood as Son House, and got to hear him perform
|on special occasions. Working from those experiences, Michael was able to
|delve in blues history without losing his senses (unlike, say, 90% of the
|folks I have encountered through the Archive). Michael usually conducts
|research at the Nazareth College library in Rochester, NY, but for this
|Hendrix blues project he needed some articles from 25, 30 years ago. He knew
|exactly what to look for, so working with him was pretty easy. I located some
|hard to find items, and I helped put everything into context. When visiting
|some family relatives in Rochester last Xmas, I took some extra time and
|visited Michael, and together we reviewed some documents, watched some
|unissued footage of Hendrix performance, and tried to nail everything down.
|Michael was kind to send a proof of the notes to me, to make sure that
|everything was correct, and that was about it for my help in this particular
| Michael is hired by Alan Douglas, so he has to be careful not to bite the
|hand that feeds him. But it seems, from what little that Michael has leaked,
|that Alan Douglas knows how to market Hendrix, but he is not good at preparing
|reissues according to listeners' and fans' high expectation (hence CRASH
|LANDING and even STAGES). That's where Michael steps in. Michael knows
|EVERYTHING about Hendrix, from biographical minutiae to musical licks, and
|his expertise has helped to save Douglas' butt recently. But Michael needs
|Douglas for access to the unreleased material, both finished and unfinished.
| I perceive some mutual appreciation between Alan Douglas and Michael.
|Michael told me two days ago, that Alan was pleasantly surprised by the
|reception of the HENDRIX: THE BLUES CD in Europe. Well of course, because
|Michael prepared it up to the high European standards. It looks as though
|Michael will be given free rein for the Woodstock CD, and if so, that release
|will be done right, too. As for the projected FIRST RAYS OF THE NEW RISING
|SUN, if Michael is given complete control and cooperation of that issue, you
|can bet it won't need to be "re-edited" later on. The question remains, will
|Douglas let Michael Fairchild continue working according to Michael's own
|standards? I hope so, 'cos if not, we will be in the same mess we were all in
|10 years ago.
| So that's all I've noticed. I have been working hard to get Hendrix well
|represented in the Blues Archive, and I am getting some help from Michael in
|this regard. What have you noticed as far as recent Hendrix stuff goes? I am
|still playing catch-up for the last four years.
| I know this is a long post, and thanks for getting to this end,
|>...Another book, _Cherokee Mist, the lost Writings_ contain a few photos
|>that were contributed by Nona Hatay. I seem to recall this lady launched one
|>or more books herself a few years back but I don't remember what it was
|>entitled. Anyone ever come across one of these?
|You enquired about Nona Hatay and her work. She is my sister and one of the
|people that keeps Jimi's fire burning. She is a photographer, and her work
|has been inspired by Jimi's music. Over the years she perfected the fusion of
|images to melt her gift with Jimi's. I was talking to her the other day and
|told her about this group. We agreed that Jimi would think it's pretty cool,
|an electronic melting of minds. She is working on a new project and I
|suggested that we get this group involved somehow. She is extending her photo
|series with an electronic enhanced edition and the idea of hundreds of people
|connected by computers all with the common love of his music fits right in
|with computer enhanced images. I told her to wright a open letter to this
|group and I would post it (she's not on the net). If you want to contact her
|E-Mail me at email@example.com
|[Mark Hatay - 06 Apr 94]
|Greetings to all those Experienced in Hendrix,
|My name is Nona Hatay and I am Bold as Love but very unsteady for the first
|go round in this internet communication. My brother Mark made me aware of
|this great group and I think it's a wonderful way to connect. I am working on
|my second book (the first was Jimi Hendrix: the Spirit Lives On...) of my
|color and experimental phots of Jimi, taken at Madison Sq Garden, NYC May 18,
|1969. I am looking for interesting material for the text, unpublished quotes
|by Hendrix, stories about him or comments by people on him and his music. If
|you have any ideas, send to hey-joe or to me, or if you need to call or send
|material: Box 182, Montague, MA 01351 (413) 367-2116.
|I am sure I'll be making some new Hendrix Friends through hey-joe and I am
|really thankful for all the wonderful people I have met thru my photoart
|connection. If you have been touched by his magic, it is very special.
|The Spirit Lives On....Nona
|[Nona Hatay - 24 June 94]
|Some of you may have heard of me. I researched and wrote the liner notes for
|Ryko's _Radio One_. Currently, I'm director of research for a graphic novel
|called "Voodoo Chile: The Legend of Jimi Hendrix" to be published in the
|Spring of '95. At the risk of being overly commercial, let me just say that
|for my "real job" I'm the buyer and marketing director for Roundup Records.
|Amongst other things we sell plenty of LPs and have a bunch of out-of-print
|Hendrix vinyl including _Radio One_, and several of the Reprise LPs. If
|anyone's interested in these, let me know and I'll provide details.
|[Leland Stein - 23 May 94]
|KEES DE LANGE
|Last year Ben Valkhoff and I published "PLUG YOUR EARS: a comprehensive guide
|to audio and video recordings of Jimi Hendrix". It's an 80-page book with
|detailed information on all audio and video tapes known to circulate (till
|June 1993), as well as song lists distilled from concert reviews, and a lot
|of rare photographs. For people who may be interested, I still have some
|copies left, so if you mail me (K.deLange@buro.KUN.nl) I can give you more
|information. If you don't know the book, I should stress that especially for
|studio recordings, it's not really suitable as a reference guide for starting
|a collection, but might be of some help.
|TAPE COLLECTING - There is one general remark I would like to make: Stop
|buying the bootlegs and start collecting tapes! Over the past 14 years I was
|able to collect almost everything that is circulating among collectors in a
|quality far superior than most bootleg releases. And I really started from
|scratch in 1980. If you join the swap shop organized by Jimpress, you should
|be able to build up a collection much quicker than it took me. Also the
|quality of tapes and recording equipment has improved dramatically over the
|years, so the loss of audibility due to multiple copying is not really a
|[Kees de Lange - 26 May 94]
|>I have always known Paul Caruso only as the most peculiar looking gentleman
|>being interviewed on the dodgy subject of are there or are there not flying
|>suacers, or uh, UFOs. Who was this guy? Is there any interesting
|>significance behind the bit at the beginning of ABAL that I should know
|I remember reading that Paul Caruso was a Greenwich village friend, and that
|his name was used on ABAL as an in-joke.
|[Colin Hartridge - 17 Apr 94]
|>Wasn't Phil Lynott (sic) of Thin Lizzy fame working on a Hendrix movie
|>project just before he died? (Phil that is)
|That's right, and Phil died of cancer before the project started. I can't
|imagine hearing Jimi with an Irish accent, though! And yes, it was supposed
|to be Larry Fishburne in the new movie "Scuse Me...".
|[Colin Hartridge - 2 Mar 94]
|I've gotten posters, T-shirts etc, from this company in San Fran. called
|Artrock. They have some rare posters as well as ones that a college student
|can afford. They also have some cool Hendrix T-shirts. You can find their
|address in the classifieds in every Rolling Stone Mag. under the category
|"Posters" (I think).
|[Kev <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 16 Feb 94]
|Someone had an idea to do a tee shirt for the "group". I think that would be
|great and I would be willing to donate one of my photographs to use for it...
|as long as it is limited edition it can be done without any legal hassels. I
|have done one tee shirt with a 3/4 profile of Jimi in white on the fron and
|'JIMI HENDRIX THE SPIRIT LIVES ON' on the back. I only have a couple dozen
|printed about once a year and have different colors and styles each time. The
|last time was a long sleeve black cotton tee. Winterland doesn't care as it
|is so few. I think I'll have a few sweatshirts printed for the winter. I'm
|not sure what the legal situation will be as the estate goes through the
|changes but up to now anything with Hendrix's image on it has to be done by
|Winterland or they have to give permission and be paid royalties. I can't
|even do a calender of my photographs which I took in 1969 and own copywrite
|with out their permission...no comment!!! Anyways if anyone wants to
|coordinate a limited edition shirt, I will send zeroxes of photos which could
|be used to choose from.
|[Nona Hatay - 9 Sep 94]
...Lick This Stamp! Guitar World reported in it's November 1992 issue:
"A drive to immortalize Jimi Hendrix with his own US postage stamp is being
spearheaded by David Nicholson of Divide By Zero, a Washington DC-based
advocacy group. The group is lobbying the Post-Master General to include
Hendrix in an upcoming Rock and Roll stamp series that is scheduled to be
unveiled in 1993. For information on how to join the lobbying effort on
behalf of a Hendrix stamp, individuals may write Divide By Zero, 317 Aspen
St.NW, Washington, DC 20012, or call (202) 722-4033.
[Jason Carter - 3 Nov 92]
MCA HENDRIX SURVEY
I was asked to post the information about the MCA Hendrix Survey, so here are
1225 E. Artesia Blvd.
Carson, CA 90746-9946
The full text of the survey follows:
The Experience Doesn't Stop Here
We'd like to know more about the fans of Jimi Hendrix, so please help us by
filling out and mailing this questionaire. In return, you'll receive periodic
updates regarding Hendrix reissues and related matters. We appreciate your
Which Jimi Hendrix album did you purchase?_____________________________
How did you hear about this album?
Article/Review______ Record Store_______
Approximately how many albums do you purchase each month?__________
Where do you usually purchase music?
Mail-Order__________ Store (please name favourite record store)________
What are your three favourite radio stations?
1.____________ 2._________ 3._____________
What are your three favourite magazines?
1.____________ 2._________ 3._____________
Including this album, how many Hendrix albums do you own?______________
How would you rate this album compared to other Hendrix albums? (1 = worse,
3 = the same, 5 = superior)
Sound Quality: 1 2 3 4 5
Package Design: 1 2 3 4 5
If MCA were to release the following Hendrix products, which would you
purchase? (Check all that apply)
Box Set___________ Concert Video__________ Rockumentary Video_______
Concert Album________ An Album of Unfinished Work__________
Please rank these features in order of most importance to you:
Biographical/Explanatory Liner Notes____________
Extra Songs per Album_________
Hendrix's Own Words___________
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Well folks, that's it. It sounds like MCA are trying to gauge what we (the
market) want, so here is our chance to provide some input. May I (politely)
suggest that those of you who go to the trouble of writing to them keep your
comments concise and polite - raving against certain people in control of the
catalog will lessen the value of your input (IMHO).
[Warren Brown - 15 Oct 93]
THE FUTURE & RUMOURED RELEASES
- Mauii: The tapes were "found" again and have been re-mastered. They
are supposed to be ready to release.
- Band of Gypsys: There was a lot of talk last year about a US release of an
expanded BOG package (Video also?). Now, this one might be
harder to pull off, given that it would probably have to
come out on Capital, due to the legal problems associated
with the original BOG album.
- Atlanta Pop: The VHS and LD are available in Japan and Europe. Although
some people consider this a poor concert, it would seem that
this material may surface somehow in the US.
- Berkeley: I've heard that the Berkeley concert film has been
re-edited and is ready for release.
- Rainbow Bridge: I've heard that MCA wants to release the Rainbow Bridge
album on CD.
As regards Video-style releases, I've seen Alan Douglas quoted where he seems
to imply that he likes the idea of Video/CD packages. Now, putting these out
together might seem silly (ie why have a CD of the music when it's already on
the VHS/LD media), but it seems that a lot of the concert footage is in less
than pristine condition (or some parts were not filmed at all), so I'll
hazard a guess and say that I would expect these packages to have a 1 hr.
video, and a CD of all/almost-all of the concert.
Remember, these are rumours.
[Warren Brown - 15 Oct 93]
Alan Douglas said in a recent guitar magazine that he had found some more
music from the Band of Gypsys concert, and that he was thinking about
releasing a CD from that. There are two nice new bootlegs of this material
(one single, one double).
[Bill Benoit - 12 Nov 92]
The latest ICE has an interview with Alan Douglas, and a quick summary of his
- he mentioned that the Video's of Woodstock/Atlanta/Isle of Wight may now
be released in the US - he is apparently thinking about putting together
CD/Video packages of each of these concerts.
Another item of interest in ICE was that a bootleg (currently untitled) is
coming out with "33 minutes of material from a previously unknown studio
session in 1968". Quality is supposed to be excellent.
[Warren Brown - 14 Apr 93]
The JIMI newsletter mentions:
- In the non-immediate future, Alan Douglas is considering doing a "Best of
the Boots". In those cases where master tapes exist I'd hope he'd use those
rather than dub direct from bootlegs (for things like studio jams,
alternate takes, demos, rehearsals, etc). I'd also like to see a "boot"
series featuring things for which high quality master tapes don't exist
(like sound-board only concerts like LA 70, or radio broadcasts like Ottawa
- With the change of the Hendrix music catalog to MCA, expect the posthumous
albums to be scrapped and redone...this apparently even includes _Cry of
Love_, which is going to be combined with most of the studio tracks on
_Rainbow Bridge_ (and a few other songs) and released as _First Rays Of The
Rising Sun_ "with track listing as Jimi had originally intended". Hmmm.
Seeing as Jimi kept changing the track list and included things he never
finished (such as "Valleys of Neptune" and "Heaven has No Tomorrow") I
suppose Alan has a lot of leeway in track selection. Anyway, I'm glad to
hear that they are going to try and straighten out the posthumous releases
mess. BTW, this includes the live albums as well.