Month: April 2020

ARTICLE ABOUT Jimi Hendrix FROM New Musical Express, April 15, 1967

It is really sad when I think of the fact that all members of this band, the incredible Experience, have all been dead for a fairly long time now. Gone, but not forgotten. We are all “dust in the wind” as the boys in Kansas like to say. Being a little sentimental here, but sometimes you wish that time would just stop and that we all could live forever. It feels like such a waste that nature makes us all so expendable.
The more reason to remember the days and people that used to be.
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Hendrix IS out of this world

Even his ex-Animal manager needs a split personality!

By Keith Altham

“OUT of this world” is a much misapplied phrase, but when it’s applied to that extraordinary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, it’s appropriate. Looking as incredible as anything conceived by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, whose work he endlessly devours, Jimi is composing some numbers of equally unearthly inspiration.
There is one titled “Remember,” about a maniac depressive, described as “raw nerves on record,” another called “Teddy Bears Live For Ever” and a third concerning a visitor from another planet who decides that the human race is an unworthy animal to rule the earth and so destroys it, turning the world over to the chickens!
Hendrix is managed by Chas. Chandler, the ex-Animal, who has developed a kind of split personality to cope with the new image.
One moment will find him the good-natured ex-pop star wearing his Lord Kitchener uniform with gold braid, and the next immaculately attired in black suit and tie as Mr. Chandler, business man — complaining resignedly about having to buy a £2,000 mixing tape-machine instead of the Lincoln Continental his heart desires. Both Chas. and his protégé share a newly acquired apartment off Edgware Road, where, together with newly acquired publicist Chris Williams, I found myself last Friday surveying a room dominated by a psychedelic painting (Bought by Chas. while under the “affluence of inkahol” in New York). It depicted a bleeding eye letting droplets fall on a naked woman.
There was a brass scuttle from which projected a number of empty wine bottles — relics of some bygone happening, a book about vampires, the inevitable blind eye of the TV set, and an award for the Animals’ best group record, “House Of The Rising Sun,” on the mantelpiece, together with a model cannon.
The rest of the Chandler war souvenirs collection is yet to be installed, and the floor was covered with LPs and singles from Solomon Burke to the Beatles.
I was played tracks for the new LP by Jimi, and after one prolonged electrical neurosis, there was a mind-shattering instrumental from the three musicians who comprise the Experience.
As the last decibel faded into infinity, Chris produced an exercise in self-control by observing: “They play so well together, don’t they?
Hendrix, together with drummer Mitch Mitchell, who looks like a young Peter Cook, and bass player Noel Redding, are something new in musical and visual dimensions.
Jimi is a musical perfectionist who does not expect everyone to understand, and believes even those who come only to stand and gawp, may eventually catch on.
On a tour which boasts contradictions in musical terms like Engelbert and Jimi, he has come to terms with himself.
“Most will come to see the Walkers,” said Jimi. “Those who come to hear Engelbert sing `Release Me’ may not dig me, but that’s not tragic.
“We’ll play for ourselves — we’ve done it before, where the audience stands about with their mouths open and you wait ten minutes before they clap.”
Originally “Purple Haze,” his current NME Chart entry, was written about a dream Jimi had that he was able to walk about under the sea. Had the lyric been changed to make it more commercial? And was he as satisfied as with the original version?

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Fighting

“Well . . .” said Jimi, and there was a significant pause, “I’m constantly fighting with myself over this kind of thing — but I’d never release any record I didn’t like.
“You’ve got to gentle people along for a while until they are clued in on the scene.
“I worry about my music — you worry about anything that you’ve built your whole life around.
“It’s good to be able to cut loose occasionally — we were in Holland doing a TV show last week, and the equipment was the best ever.
“They said play as loud as you like, and we were really grooving when this little fairy comes running in and yells, ‘Stop! Stop! Stop! — the ceiling in the studio below is falling down.’ And it was, too — plaster and all,” added Jimi with enthusiasm.
“I’m getting so worried that my hair is falling out in patches,” he sighed, tugging at a tuft in a hedge of hair which looks as if it could withstand a clip from a combine harvester.

Trend setter

Jimi has noted that since he adopted his bush-look that a number of other stars have been following suit — Gary Leeds is the latest bristling addition on the tour.
“I just thought it was a groovy style,” grinned Jimi. “Now everyone is running around with these damn curls. Most of ’em are perms — but there’s nothing wrong with perms – I used to get my hair straightened back on the block.”
There has been a hold-up in Jimi’s first LP because of the switch to the Track label, and tapes have been damaged in the transferring of studios. “We’re calling it `Are You Experienced,'” affirmed Jimi.
I smiled and noted.
“There’s nothing wrong with that!” emphasised Jimi.
Full of new ideas, Jimi came up with another on recording techniques.
“Sometimes when I’m playing I make noises in my throat – almost subconsciously,” said Jimi. “Jazz men like Erroll Garner do it a lot as they improvise. I’m going to get a little radio mike, hang it round my neck and record them – maybe I’ll incorporate some throat sounds on a disc.”

Beck flip

Among Jimi’s favourite singles at present is the flip side of the new Jeff Beck record, a number called “Bolero.”
“Beautiful guitar,” commented Jimi.
We talked of Mitch’s new green suede boots — and how Mitch thinks high heels are coming back.
“Y’know what I’d really like to do in the act?” said Mitch, his eyes alight with the gleam of inspiration. “I’d like to pour paraffin all over my drums while the guy from Premier is sitting in the audience.
“Then, at the end of the act, I’d set fire to ’em, and up they go in flames — just to see his face.”
That was the night Jimi’s guitar accidentally caught fire on stage, and “the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain — very strange!”

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ARTICLE ABOUT The Who FROM New Musical Express, April 15, 1967

This Coronavirus thingy have made it necessary for me to spend more time at home. So at the time of writing I have about a month of articles written and ready for publishing here. Even if this crisis hits us hard in many ways, there will be something new to read here for a long time. To be positive: something good comes out of this at the very least. I hope that you, my loyal readers, are well and that you will continue to be well.
April 1967 was a better time to visit New York than April 2020 – as the Who found out!
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Who`s smashing New York trip

By Keith Altham

THAT well-known demolition squad – the Who – recently returned from nine “smashing” days on a Murray the K “endurance test” at the New York RKO Radio Theatre (other non-combatants included Wilson Pickett, Mitch Ryder and the Cream) where they contrived to destroy everything on stage to the tunes of “My Generation” and “I Can`t Explain.”
Now that some of the dust and debris have settled I talked to bombardier Pete Townshend last Thursday who issued a full report on the damage and exclusively revealed to the NME news of their next missile, “Pictures Of Lily,” to be launched next Friday (21st).
“We worked hard on ‘propaganda’ for the first three days and I had two stock quotes which everyone wrote down,” said Pete.
“They were ‘we want to leave a wound’ and ‘we won’t let our music stand in the way of our visual act!’
“At the Press reception I walked around in an electric jacket with flashing light bulbs which proved to be something of an anti-climax because a girl had appeared on TV recently with a dress on the same principle. Reporters kept asking me where I had got my copy from and I said, ‘It’s psychedelic and it cost £200 and it’s supposed to blow yer mind!’
“We were to have done an Ed Sullivan TV show but the new readers were out on strike and as artists we were expected to support their action — so no show.
“Once in the theatre for the Murray the K show you are virtually trapped for the day and the show goes on continuously with artists appearing one after the other on a conveyor belt system.
“Originally we were supposed to do four numbers but we complained and said it was impossible to put the act over with only four numbers so they cut it to two!
“Someone had to cut their act because the show was running over so we volunteered.
“Murray the K’s wife was on the programme. She appeared about ten times in a fashion spot with teeny bopper girl models — `Jackie the K and her fabulous fashion show’.
“The most presentable of the models was a girl called ‘Joy Bang’ who took a liking to Keith which I think was mutual until she said, ‘You must meet my husband Paul Bang!’
“We really worked the destruction bit to a fine art in our spot. I developed a great thing where I hit myself on the head with my guitar which had absolutely no visual impact but made me see stars and I thought — ‘that’s nice!’

Dangerous:

“At one time I noticed Keith throwing his big bass drum at me with the spike protruding and Roger hurling the stand-mike at me from another direction.
“I made myself very thin and the mike shattered to pieces in front of me while the spike from the drum ripped my shirt down the back. The stage hands got tired of sweeping up the equipment and went on strike.
“Most of the things we broke had to be repaired by us afterwards for the next house — I discovered Fender guitars are very strong and cheap out in the U.S.!
“We shared a dressing room with a group called the ‘Hardly Moving Players` who did satirical sketches and were nice people. Below us the Cream and the Blues McGoos played whining guitars all afternoon until Pete and Keith retaliated for about three hours by going through the entire Shadows repertoire.
“Occasionally we went outside and allowed ourselves to be torn apart and sign autographs which wasn’t so bad because the kids give it back to you by storming the stage during the act.
“The only club I liked was one called The Scene where a man called Tiny Tim plays ukulele and sings ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ and when anyone applauds he whoops like a Red Indian.
“I’m trying to get him signed up with our recording company!
“A few words on the new single.
“I submitted three songs and ‘Pictures Of Lily’ was the most obvious hit. It’s all about a boy who can’t sleep at night so his dad gives him some dirty pictures to look at.
“Then he falls in love with the girl in the pictures which is too bad because she is dead.”
Follow that!

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ARTICLE ABOUT Pink Floyd FROM New Musical Express, April 1, 1967

Here`s a real goodie from a time far, far away. Almost in another galaxy.
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School inspired Pink Floyd

By Jeremy Pascall

PROJECTED Sound, they call it. Also a Total Show. Lighting effects, distortions and a song about a man called “Arnold Layne” (in the charts this week at No. 26) who has a strange hobby – collecting clothes!
The group is the Pink Floyd, four off-beat young students. Organist Rick Wright studied music, bassist Roger Waters was an architect while Sid Barrett (lead) and Nick Mason (drums) studied art at Hornsey College.
It was at this art school that a laboratory of light and sound was set up. Sid and Nick became involved and saw potential in the effects created to exploit in their own group which had been formed for some time.
They developed a technique which they described as a “fusion of light, colour and music” consisting of projected images and weird luminous effects. But, they hasten to point out, it is NOT psychedelic!
They started this new music form only a few months back and gained immediate reception in the student circuits.
They played regularly at London`s freak-out palais – the Round House and numbered among their first fans a strange figure dressed as an Arab – Paul McCartney.
The Pink Floyd play all their own material which includes the extraordinary “Arnold Layne” written by Sid Barrett who shares the vocal with Roger Waters.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Jimi Hendrix FROM New Musical Express, March 11, 1967

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Life-lines of Jimi Hendrix Experience

JIMI HENDRIX

Professional name: JIMI HENDRIX
Real name: James Maurice Hendrix
Birthplace: Seattle 22, Washington
Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Personal points: 5ft. 11ins.; 11st. 5lbs.; dark brown eyes, black sometimes dark brown hair
Parents’ names: Allen
Brothers’ and sisters’ names: Leon
Present home: London
Instruments played: Guitar, piano, organ, drums, bass
Where educated: Seattle, Vancouver BC, 2 weeks in San Francisco
Musical education: None except radio and records, going to gigs to listen to the guitar players
Age entered show business: 17
First public appearance as amateur: Seattle when I was 16
First professional appearance: Seattle when I was 16
Biggest break in career: Meeting Chas Chandler and forming group
Biggest disappointment: When the tour bus left me broke and stranded in Kansas City
TV debut: Ready, Steady, Go
Radio debut: Pop North, Saturday Club
Own TV or radio series: –
Compositions: Stone Free; Purple Haze; 51st Anniversary; Can You See Me; The Wind Cries Mary; Third Stone From The Sun; Love Or Confusion; Foxy Lady; Don’t Live Today; etc.
TV acting appearances: –
Biggest influence in career: Blues, Elmore James, B.B King, early Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan
Former occupations before show business: Drop out (school that is)
Hobbies: Reading science fiction, painting landscapes, day. dreaming, MUSIC
Favourite colour: Sometimes black, blue, certain shade of red purple
Favourite food: Strawberry shortcake, spaghetti
Favourite drink: Pineapple, orange Juice, chocolate milk shakes
Favourite clothes: Slightly different things
Favourite singers: Dylan, Muddy Waters, Elmer James, B. B. King, Ray Charles
Favourite actor/actress: Sometimes Paul Newman, sometimes Natalie Wood
Favourite bands/lnstrumentalists: Cream, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Shotgun Express
Favourite composers: Dylan, Muddy Waters, Mozart
Favourite groups: Beatles, Cream
Car: –
Miscellaneous likes: Music, hair, mountains, fields
Miscellaneous dislikes: Marmalade, cold sheets
Best friend: Tony Garland, Eric Clapton
Most thrilling experience: Jumping out of a plane, Jumping back in, getting thrown back out
Tastes In music: Psychedelic, classical (own up), BLUES of course
Origin of stage name: 88% from birth certificate, 12% from mis-spelling
Pets: My two little furry minded guitars
Personal ambition: Have my own style of music. To see my mother and family again
Professlonal ambition: To be a movie and caress the screen with my shining light

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ARTICLE ABOUT Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) FROM New Musical Express, March 11, 1967

A small but golden nugget for the Zappa fanatics out there!
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*** Mothers of Invention: Freak Out (Verve, SVLP 9154).

Record review by Allen Evans

This music sounds Eastern at times. Lyrics are sung off-key, off-tune and a la Dylan, with news of what a mess America is in — including racial unrest, social-sex relations, an Elvis send-up, and a car melting. All the tracks are composed by Frank Zappa, who arranged and conducted various other musicians behind the Mothers themselves — Ray Collins (lead vocal, harmonica), Jim Black (drums), Roy Estrada (bass) and Elliot Ingber (lead and rhythm guitar). VERY different.

Titles: Hungry Freaks Daddy, I Ain’t Got No Heart, Who Are The Brain Police, Motherly Love, Wowie Zowie, You Didn’t Try To Call Me, I’m Not Satisfied, You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here, Trouble Comin’ Every Day, Help I’m A Rock, Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet.

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