|such, just a LOT of roaches left for Jimi *:) Al Hendrix told me a number of
|people often party at the site, but that he had a friend who lived within eye
|contact of the cemetary, so he kinda looked out for Jimi. For those that have
|never been there, the headstone lies flat in the ground, not standing up
|(it's also my understanding that this is a replacement, that someone once
|STOLE Jimi's headstone - how could you call yourself a fan and do something
|so callous? The Hendrix family often visits the site, how do you think they
|feel about that?) The stone reads "James M. 'Jimi' Hendrix, 1942 - 1970,
|'Forever In Our Hearts'" and has a carving of a guitar on it.
|[ - 12 Nov 94]
Here is the dope on Jimi Hendrix memorials in Seattle, Washington:
One is a plaque at Woodland Park Zoo in the African Savannah exhibit. It is
on a rock, known as the "Hot Rock", and it is the highest rock in the exhibit.
It was placed there in cooperation with the city by KZOK FM. Woodland Park
Zoo is in North Seattle, a couple of miles west of the University of
Washington, right next to Aurora Ave/Hwy 99 at N. 50th St. Woodland Park is
well worth visiting even without the Hendrix plaque. The African Savannah is
an amazing exhibit. There is a nominal charge for entrance to the zoo, but I
think tuesdays are free.
The other Hendrix memorial is in the library at Garfield High School (where
Jimi went to school). This is a public school in Seattle's central area at
400 23rd Ave. The memorial is a bust of Jimi. You will need to go there
during normal school hours and check in at the front desk for permission.
Jimi is buried at Greenwood Cemetary in Renton, which is southeast of Seattle.
Taken from lexington herald-leader, nov 22, 1991:
Hendrix Star Unveiled
Rock innovator Jimi Hendrix was honored Thursday for his 1960s psychedelic
guitar pyrotechnics with a posthumous star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His father, Al Hendrix, and brother, Leon Hendrix, joined more than 200
fans on Hollywood Boulevard for the unveiling of the star outside Book
| City Collectables (north side of the street, a short distance east of
| Cherokee Ave), which has a shrine to Hendrix along an entire wall...The
Hendrix star was the 1943rd. unveiled along the Walk of Fame.
The Jimi Hendrix Seance was commissioned by Guitar World Magazine, and its
purpose, of course, was to "communicate" with the spirit of Mr Hendrix. An
exclusive interview, if you will. I watched a fairly atrocious videotape
recording of it that my girlfriend made. She wanted it back after I saw it so
she could record something else over it, which was fine with me. The video
quality was pretty bad. But not as bad as the show itself.
The news personalities, never mind who they were, set up the footage by saying
that Jimi Hendrix and his music have stood the test of time (to support this,
one of them said "Has anyone heard from Vanilla Ice lately?" Bad analogy.)
They said his death was "drug-induced". I hate it when they do that. They
went on to say that he's as popular today as when he was while alive (not
true - he's more popular today.) They said he sold 3,000,000(!) albums last
year, and that corporate America now has him selling Chevy Camaros...blah
blah woof woof indeed.
Anyway, the seance was held at Electric Ladyland Studios on 8th & Greene
were there, because, you know, they wanted to talk to Hendrix. They sat at a
long table, set upon which was Jimi's Gibson Flying V guitar from the Hard
Rock Cafe along with some of his other possessions, like bandanas and
medallions he used to wear. At the head of the table was a medium named Zena
(Xena? Zina? Xina?), who asked the participants to join hands, clear their
minds and think only of Hendrix. At that, one Guitar World editor rolled his
eyes in abject skepticism. Perhaps he thought this was the Zakk Wylde seance,
and he'd entered the wrong room.
The lights are dimmed. There are about eight people at the table plus the
medium. There are murals of Hendrix' image all over the walls. The Flying V
is black, the bandana is light green, the medallion looks more like love beads
than any of the medallions we've seen him most often wear. Zena has her eyes
closed and is smiling. You'll see why after you read the following. This is
a full transcript of the seance sequence that ABC aired on the morning of
September 19, 1993:
ZENA: Everyone can hold hands now...now just focus on Jimi Hendrix.
ABC VOICEOVER: Welcome to the Jimi Hendrix seance!
ZENA: ...He seems to be a little reluctant to speak with us today
...he seems to be reluctant...he's thinking about it...but I
see that he's coming closer now...He says that he's at peace
...he's very happy...and he's also happy to say to the people
who thought that he was from the...from the devil, or dark
side, that they were wrong. He's glad that everyone still
remembers him and thinks about him. He didn't expect it to
carry on this long...but he's happy for this. But he just
wants everyone to know he's at peace.
GUITAR WORLD: Ummm...there's, there's alot of mystery surrounding his...his
death and what was going on at that time. Can you respond to
ZENA: He doesn't want to talk about that. (ED NOTE: Hmmm. I see.)
GUITAR WORLD: What advise would he give guitar players or musicians?
ZENA: Don't give up, it'll happen...He also wants to tell Eric
Clapton that he thinks what he's doing is very good -- good
Thus endeth the seance. I presume they cut away at that point so that they
could ask Zena collectively "We paid you ten grand for THAT?!!???"
It wasn't a complete waste of Patty's tape. What followed was the usual
Hendrix love-in that occurs whenever he gets a TV special (the MTV
rockumentary being a case in point) which sadly is not often. They showed a
50 plus-year-old Billy Cox on bass and a 40 plus-year-old Buddy Miles on drums
(wearing a T-shirt version of the Ultimate Experience album cover) in a
snippet of their session work for the upcoming and eagerly-awaited tribute
album. They were playing "I Don't Live Today" (I thought that was a tacky
selection to air on September 19th) for some off-camera vocalist. I don't
know who it was, but he was not in good voice.
Buddy Miles, seated behind his traps and looking like he spent some time in
jail (because he did) spake thusly: "Musicians and guitarists all over the
world are still finding out so many new vivid ideas and imaginations of the
man's playing and his gift and his contributions to the world of pop music."
Thank you for your insights (and your run-on sentence), Buddy. It sounded
like he was basically giving Jimi's memory the stiff-arm, as in "Yeah, yeah,
yeah, it pays the bills. Now leave me alone." Buddy put out a Christmas
album last year on an independent label. Anyone heard it? I have not.
Also, there was a very good black & white clip of Jimi doing "The Wind Cries
Mary" during a television appearance that I've never seen before. Of course
the newscasters talked all over that. It can't be from here -- as a kid I
think I saw all of Jimi's TV nationally-televised US appearances (Dick Cavett
[where for his "will you play something else for us?" he played "Izabella", as
was not reported in JHEG] and the incredibly awkward "Tonight Show" hosted by
they were both "brothers" and whatnot -- and didn't get one]) as well as a
local interview on WABC television in New York in the year before he died.
It occurs to me that Jimi wasn't especially TV-friendly. I remember he walked
off the Cavett show and didn't show up at another one for which he was
scheduled (Janis Joplin appeared on that one). I remember as Jimi walked out
on Cavett, he screamed after him "Wait a minute! Hendrix! Hendrix!" on the
air. I think he told too many jokes about his clothes or his hair, which was
a large but neatly-cut 'fro at the time. The peaceful footage was on "(A Film
About) Jimi Hendrix". His network TV-Q would have shot through the roof if
Hendrix behaved anything near the way he did on stage, but he did not.
[Darryl - 8 Oct 93]
DID JIMI'S WORK DETERIORATED BEFORE HIS DEATH?
>Do you feel the quality of Jimi's work deteriorated as he approached his
>death? If so, any theories why?
Not at all. Just the opposite in fact (getting better). It's certainly true
his live shows became more erratic after Noel left, but thats probably due to
Jimi being more adventurous (sometimes too much so). Also, he was obviously
bored playing some of the old songs like Wild Thing, Fire, etc. Don't
undervalue the contributions of Noel...if he thought Jimi was screwing around,
he let Jimi know (this seems to be the main reason for Jimi's dislike of
working constantly with Noel).
For me, the jury is still out on this one. On the one hand, his playing at
the BOG Fillmore run was never better. Ditto some of the stuff from the
Berkeley gigs in May 70. But unfortunately they seem to be the exception
rather than the rule. The Isle of Wight was a terrible performance, and the
Atlanta Pop (what I've heard of it) wasn't much better. I need to hear more.
This was obviously a period of change for Jimi, it's a shame we never got to
see what the results would've been.
Yes, substance abuse distanced Jimi from his formerly intimate relationship
with his instrument. :-(
THE HENDRIX'S IMAGE
>What most annoys you when you discuss Hendrix with people who don't know
>much about him?
The constant and persistent belief that Jimi "was just on drugs all the time
and/or "the old routine" all he did was stand there with the guitar feeding
back through the amps, anyone can do that, so why do you like him?"
The "Oh, you mean that drugged out gimmicky guitarist?" type attitude. The
idea that the music is all based on guitar effects, and the songs and playing
all drug related. Or the opposite attitude, that Jimi was a martyr for drug
use...rather than just another (IMO dumb) abuser whose death is probably not
even related to his "recreational"-type drug abuse (ACCIDENTAL or SUICIDAL OD
of slipping pills...not heroin, LSD, etc...).
Too much emphasis on drug abuse, and theatrics, and not enough appreciation
of his artistry.
DID DRUGS HELP HIS MUSIC?
>Do you think Jimi's excessive drug use interfered with or improved his music?
Yes. Obviously they were involved in his death (or maybe suicide). (I'm
considering pills, drinks, and illegal drugs as drug use). He also seems to
have missed a few shows - couldn't play due to drugs. I think Jimi was more
just being an average 60's musician in terms of his drug use. I suspect the
musical insights from his drug use are few and rather unimportant. I would
guess he took them more to relax and have fun, rather than him thinking he
needed them to develope his music.
Let's face it, while it undoubtedly led him to many inspired places musically,
it eventually would`ve taken it's toll on his playing, if in fact that wasn't
already in evidence toward the end of his life. For the record, I don't think
Jimi's music would've been as interesting and inspired if he had lead a drug-
A little of both. Inspired his creative and self-destructive sides at once.
>Do you feel Jimi's stage antics added to intensity of the show or distracted
>from his playing?
Obviously they limited his playing, and after a few (many?) viewings they get
stale, but I bet for the average concert goer they were a BIG boost! WILD
THING from the Monterey concert film is how I originally got blown away by
Jimi. Out of tune, sloppy playing, with a stupid guitar smashing/burning
ending. And yet it still looks and sounds cool!
I think they added to the show, although sometimes they were a good excuse
for him not to put his all into his playing.
GREATEST GUITARIST EVER?
>Do you think Jimi was the greatest guitarist who ever lived? If he's not,
>then who do you think is?
No. Jimi was a GOOD guitarist, but not a great one (and I'm talking in terms
of GUITAR PLAYING...a technican, athletic ability). What made Jimi so special
was that he was a GREAT MUSICIAN AND SHOWMAN, and a good (but probably not
great) songwritter! Who's the best guitar player...who cares! Probably a
machine anyway (if not yet, soon will be). Its like drum machines...a $1000
drum machine can play better than any human alive...but they almost always
sound awful! Thats because its the PROGRAMING (which drums to hit and when)
that matters, and its the lack of this ability that leads to the usual dreck
we associate with these drum machines. Who cares how many notes a second a
guitarist can play, or difficult chord changes they can do, if the
application is bad? I like Jimi's playing not because he's fast and could
play difficult chord changes and solos (which he could), but because the
MUSIC he created is original/innovative/exciting/enjoyable/etc...BTW, check
out Gary Moore's "Over the Hills" from his WILD FRONTIERS album to hear what
a drum machine can sound like with a lot of work...quite impressive (the best
I've heard from a drum machine).
For such a question to be fairly evaluated in any sort of objective manner,
one should look at the the genre before him and after him. Whereas it has
never been proven to me that Jimi was the very first guitarist to utilize
feedback (Jeff Beck may have done it earlier -- anyone know?), he clearly
redefined the instrument in a way that hadn't been done since Les Paul
invented the thing and hasn't been done since. The electric guitar will
forevermore have this other dimension, that the actual electronic properties
of the amplified instrument should be used as part of the instrument's voice,
rather than as an unpleasent side effect that should be avoided at all costs.
For this reason alone he is entitled to be considered the greatest rock
guitarist of all time, but I personally feel that this doesn't cover the rest
of his genius. When he was riffing, the sounds came from someplace deep
inside, there hardly seemed to be any filtering. It seemed that the guitar
was a biological extension of the man and his mind. Take for example the
Machine Gun solo. That solo is a complete story. From that opening sustain,
through all its moods, it is just an incredible piece of improvisation.
Greatest guitarist who ever lived? The question should be restated "greatest
rock and/or blues guitarist...". Is he better than Segovia, Joe Pass?
>Jimi Hendrix was on the Tonight Show one time in the late 60s. Johnny Carson
>turned and asked him how it felt to be the greatest guitarist ever. Hendrix
>quickly responded: "I don't know. You'd have to ask Phil Keaggy."
Sorry, but this never happened--it is merely a myth that has been around for
many years. For those who don't know, Phil Keaggy was the blazing guitar