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George Stobbart

It’s sad that 40 years after his death Jimi Hendrix is still seen for his ‘stage tricks’ rather than his music. The Jimi Hendrix who appeared at the Isle of Wight 1970 was a mature Hendrix who had moved on from his shallow stage tricks and was more interested in just playing his guitar. By 1970 he had also moved on from pop hits like purple haze and foxy Lady and instead was recording masterpieces like ‘Machine Gun’ and ‘Hey Baby {New Rising Sun}’. Jimi died before he could finish his new album and most of its songs were spread through a number of posthumous releases over a number of years. These albums sold nowhere near the levels of albums like electric ladyland so songs like ‘pali gap’ ‘Drifting’ and ‘Hey Baby {New Rising Sun} ‘were doomed to relative obscurity compared to his earlier work. This trend continues to this day as the only songs you hear on the radio are ‘Purple Haze’ ‘Hey Joe’ ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and other pop hits and nothing from his 1970 studio work. Jimi’s wild man persona was a myth created by his management and the stage tricks were part of his earlier career and he had shunned them by 1970. The writer of this article has brought into the myth of Hendrix as a shallow showman and assumes that this is all he is and typecasts Hendrix’s appearance at the Isle of Wight as such. It’s about time this myth is left behind and we come to appreciate the real Hendrix; a sensitive soul who gave us beautiful music, a lot of which is ignored in favour of his shallow early pop hits.

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