- 14 Jul 93]
Cherokee Mist: The Lost Writings of Jimi Hendrix - Bill Nitopi
(Published by Harper Collins in 1993, about $20)
I just bought it at Walden Books yesterday (for $20 -- and that was with my
10% discount card!). It's a collection of published and unpublished songs
and laundry lists, including what is purported to be the lyrics to the
entire "Black Gold" Suite. Otherwise, with the exception of several aborted
(no pun intended) versions of "Belly Button Window", "Message of Love",
"Straight Ahead" and "Astro Man", I found the 40-minute read somewhat
embarrassing. Especially considering the price of admission.
All of the lyrics are written in Jimi's own hand. There's some artwork,
unpublished photos and what seems to be an early version of "Purple Haze"
called "Purple Haze - Jesus Saves". Goes something like this here...