Today’s Music to Blow My Mind – Jimi Hendrix Experience

I was only a kid when I heard Hey Joe on the radio. It blew me away. A totally different sound. Then it was one thing after another – all equally mind-blowing. That first album was just unadulterated power.

I got to see him three times live. The most exciting act I’ve ever seen (up there with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Roy Harper, Neil Young and Son House).

This is that amazing first album!

Today’s Music to keep me SSSssSAaAaaNnnneeeee in Isolation – Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland

I’m going to immerse myself in Hendrix today. I shall think back to the three times I saw him play. A genius!!

To think that he only released 5 albums in his lifetime – three studio albums, 1 live album and 1 album of singles.

Today’s Music to keep me SsSSsaaaaANNnnnNEEee in Isolation – Jimi Hendrix – Madison Square 1970

The saddest loss of all. I always wonder what music he would have produced if he had lived another fifty years.

I’ll be playing his 1970concerts today.

JIMI HENDRIX – Live in New York (1970) – Full Album – YouTube

Poetry – Jimi


With the elbow, teeth and the back of the hand

As feedback wailed by design

Over the sound of the band;

With shades of Sci-fi

And the limits of the mind

Soaring free on the wind

As it cried Mary

And my thoughts drift back

To what might be.

Along watchtowers

Chewing gum to the cracking of a machine gun,

Outrageous in costume and style,

Psycedelically free

To test the limits

Of all that could be

And might be in that castle of magic

That left us all aghast

And has never been surpassed.

Opher – 1.8.2016


After all these years all you need to write is Jimi. Everyone knows who you mean. There is only one Jimi. He was not only the epitome of a guitarist, a showman and performer but an icon of an age, a symbol of all that a generation stood for and the idealism that changed the world.

When one thinks of Jimi standing there in his outrageous costumes you knew he was not dressing up for the show, he was expressing himself as an individual. He was blowing away the cobwebs from a dull and dreary post-war existence; he was drawing a line in the sand between the establishment (and the generation who chose routine, boredom, profit and war over fun, harmony, and meaning) and a new idea, a new approach, a new attitude – that we could live in peace, equality and freedom with purpose.

When I think of Jimi I think of helicopters in Vietnam, Agent Orange and machine guns, peace riots on the streets and phalanxes of State Troopers shooting at kids. I think of that young girl running down the street and enveloped by napalm. And I think of the friendship in the parks and gigs where everyone shared what they had and laughed, black with white, male with female and all together.

I only managed to see Jimi play three times for some ridiculous reason. I think we thought that it would go on forever and he would always be there. He wasn’t and nothing ever is – not even the bad stuff. But Jimi playing was a highlight of my life and will always be right up there with the best – and not just musically. He represented something greater than music.

We tried to change the world and I think we did. But the establishment fought back and wrested it back, tightening their control. We need another bout of sixties optimism, passion and rebellion. We need another Jimi, Bob and Roy.

So many years on and he is still Jimi.

Today’s Music to keep me SsssSAAaannNNnEEE in Isolation – Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced

I remember first hearing Hey Joe on the radio and being completely blown away. It was a new sound. Then Purple Haze came out and blew my socks off.

I bought the album and used to play it real loud on my little dansette. It was amazing. Jimi was one of the most exciting acts I ever saw perform – a superb musician, great songwriter, great singer and brilliant showman!! Also a great human being.

Such a great loss

Are you experienced – Jimi Hendrix full album on Vimeo

Today’s music to keep me SssaaaNnnneEeE in Isolation – Jimi Hendrix.

I have just received this CD of Jimi at Woburn Abbey. It’s not the best album of Jimi live but it is special to me. I was there and it was incredibly exciting. One of my best.

So today I have been playing it non-stop and thinking back to those days and my good friend Danny who I went with who is no longer with us.

I’m not sure it’s keeping me sane!

As I couldn’t find the Woburn Concert on line I am putting this live stuff up:

Jimi Hendrix Live Full Concert 1969 – YouTube