Sunday, October 17 2010
Private Billy Cox stood near an open window of Service Club 1, where he heard a solo guitar playing in a wildly unique manner, as if Beethoven and John Lee Hooker had merged. The guitarist: Private Jimi Hendrix.
Thursday, March 11 2010
Valleys of Neptune is not the Holy Grail, and it doesn’t need to be. That already exists anyway, and it is celebrated in spectacular fashion with the deluxe CD/DVD reissues of the four proper alums that preceded and followed these ’69 sessions.
Tuesday, November 25 2008
The last quintet of choices show how the blues reclaimed its basis for a dozen hard rock hymns, argued for the importance of following one's singer/songwriter muse, and proved that not every significant sound coming out of the UK was Beatle-based.
Monday, July 16 2007
Music truly is the universal language. The best songs of protest are passed around, from movement-to-movement, era-to-era; its singers gaining multilingual fluency along the way.
Thursday, March 7 2013
For Hendrix enthusiasts, and the historical record, this latest (and hopefully not last) installment is priceless in its way.
Monday, September 17 2012
Jimi Plays Berkeley is yet another opportunity to hear and see our guitar savior.
Thursday, December 15 2011
Hendrix, perhaps more than any rock guitarist (before or since) was willing -- and able -- to improvise, so it’s intriguing to hear his ever-evolving interpretations of these familiar songs.
Tuesday, October 25 2011
That's All Right, I've Still Got My Guitar: 'Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight
The standouts of this set are the 15-minute rendition of "Machine Gun" and the ten-minute-plus "Red House", both of them swaggering, apocalyptic tunes that push the limits of what is expected in a guitar-based "pop" song.
Thursday, October 13 2011
Live and (mostly) prime Hendrix. 'Nuff said.
Friday, July 19 2013
White collared conservative flashing down the street, pointing their plastic fingers at me. They're hoping soon my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high, high—listening to the 130th acclaimed album of all time.
Friday, February 25 2011
Number 22 on the AcclaimedMusic.net list asks the musical question: “Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland?” Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have—they file this report.
Friday, December 10 2010
Before Jimi Hendrix, face-melting guitar solos were all too rare. Hi 1967 debut album Are You Experienced? blew the lid off the unmelted face market and rock was never the same. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger discuss.
Monday, November 22 2010
West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (4 CD / 1 DVD Collectors Box) [$69.98]
Wednesday, August 18 2010
When it comes to matters of taste and ranking (a particularly combustible combination), there is no pleasing everyone. In fact, there is no pleasing anyone, since the list makers themselves are invariably disappointed or frustrated. And yet...
Monday, May 14 2012
LOS ANGELES — When it was announced that André Benjamin — better known as Outkast’s André 3000 — would be portraying legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in a biopic,
Thursday, December 2 2010
Though digital downloads are now the preferred format for many music listeners, you still can't beat the extras that come with a well-conceived box set.
Monday, March 15 2010
Elvis and Michael better watch out. Jimi is making a move. Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix is enjoying the kind of a resurgence
Monday, February 15 2010
LOS ANGELES — The keepers of Jimi Hendrix's flame are calling the new album of long-buried recordings by the proto-rock guitar hero "Valleys of Neptune." The
Monday, January 11 2010
LOS ANGELES — With the exception of James Dean, who made only three films, there might be no pop-culture icon who has done more with less