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Lost Hendrix Interview Resurfaces

Band of Gypsys was the last album released when Hendrix was alive, six months before his death.
Band of Gypsys was the last album released when Hendrix was alive, six months before his death.

PBS series, Blank on Blank recently got its hands on Jimi Hendrix’s last known interview , conducted by British journalist Keith Altham on September 11, 1970–a week before Hendrix’s death. In it, Hendrix talks about inventing psychedelic music, explains his political views—or lack thereof and the future of audio/visual entertainment.

Some highlights from the video include:

On his ideal lifestyle:

“I want to get up in the morning and roll over in my bed to an indoor swimming pool, and then swim to the breakfast table, come up for air and get a drink of orange juice or something like that.”

On psychedelic music:

“I write things, I just write them with a clash between reality and fantasy. You have to use fantasy in order to show different sides of reality—how it can bend.”

On his “anti-establishment” songwriting:

“If it was up to me there would be no establishment. It’s nothing but blues, that’s what I’m singing about. Today’s blues.”

Hendrix died Sept. 18, 1970 in London.

 

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