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Counterbalance 22: Jimi Hendrix - 'Electric Ladyland'

“Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland?" Counterbalance's Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have, and they file this report.

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Learn About Jimi Hendrix's Rise to Fame in This Clip From '27: Gone Too Soon' (premiere)

The rise of Jimi Hendrix from childhood trauma to superstar is chronicled in this clip from new documentary, 27: Gone Too Soon, about the 27 Club of Hendrix, Jones, Joplin, and Morrison.

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Johnny Hallyday Was More Than Just a Kitschy Gallic Misreading of Rock

It's hard to think of another male pop singer who could hold his own alongside exceptional female vocalists like Céline Dion.

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Psychedelic Fabulousness: 'Hendrix: The Illustrated Story'

More apt than Dr. Frankenstein, Gaar built a fairly smooth-running monster out of the many gray areas of Hendrix's life and work, cross-stitched with stuff mined from archival flotsam and jetsam of the Seattle scene, and coated it in the heavy-hitting velvet armor of a fabulous bit of cover art.

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No Reader of 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' Will Remain Unmoved

Blake's illuminated prints and poetic songs of soft innocence and apocalyptic experience influenced the post-WWII generation of American artists, musicians, and counter-culture leaders such as Allen Ginsberg, Jim Morrison, and Bob Dylan.

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You're Such a Lovely Audience: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Celebrating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a little help from their friends; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Neil Young and the Mona Lisa Twins.

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You Say You Want A Revolution: André Cymone Talks Merging Poetic, Personal

After a 25-plus-year hiatus, Anqdré Cymone has begun speaking his mind. In so doing, he's providing a much-needed missive about the state of the world.

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Honoring Jimi Hendrix, One Solo at a Time

Jimi Hendrix was only 27 when he died in 1970, but his stratospheric impact still reverberates throughout the rock ranks.

Chrissie Dickinson
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Jimi Hendrix's Spiritual High

As the world went to Hell in 1970, Jimi Hendrix took his listeners to Heaven.

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Howard Sounes' '27' Has That Train Wreck Kind of Appeal

This is an exhaustive, if exhausting analysis of the debauchery and bad decisions that link the most famous members of the "27 Club".

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Counterbalance No. 130a: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Axis: Bold as Love'

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.

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1967 and the Prog-Rock Progenitors

If 1967 characterizes a high point where rock music could be appraised as Art, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was henceforth possible.

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Gary Clark Jr.: Blak & Blu

Gary Clark Jr.'s major label debut is an uneven attempt at making a legend out of an artist that may just have the talent to one day earn that title. As for the present, there's still work to do.

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'Gary Moore: Blues for Jimi' Gives us Blues for Gary

Gary Moore was a singular talent who pays tribute to another: Jimi Hendrix on a new, posthumously released audio/visual package.

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McGough & McGear: McGough & McGear

This 1968 album of psychedelic rock and folksy poetry became a collector's item due to its rarity and long list of celebrity contributors. What happens when you strip away that mystique with a reissue?

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Textbook Oppositions and Alternatives: Re-Thinking the Role of Race in '60s Rock and Soul Music

Black rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and Arthur Lee (Love), as well as white soul musicians in the racially integrated bands playing on recordings of singers like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, existed during the '60s. So why is rock and soul so black and white?

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Doug Jerebine: Is Jesse Harper

Lost rock 'n' soul classic from spiritual seeker.

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Gleeks and Beliebers Rejoice: In Defense of Pop

Pop music makers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry may get the kiss off from critics, but really, what's the harm in getting your pop groove on to their style of music?

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Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland

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.

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My Top 5: Hurricane Bells

After soundtracking a bit of Twilight: New Moon and releasing a lovely new record earlier this year, Hurricane Bells' Steve Schiltz takes us through his top five favorite albums of all-time, all while wondering why more kids don't love the Edge . . .

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Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple / The Book of Taliesyn / Deep Purple

Evidence of Deep Purple's pop roots found on trio of early albums.

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher / Deuce / Live! in Europe / Blueprint

A consummate performer live or in the studio, these re-releases serve as a bold reminder of the weight of the Rory Gallagher legacy.

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Rock 'n' Roll 101: How to Handle a Dead Young Rock Star

In the wake of Amy Winehouse's death, record industry types and music journalists dusted off their Rock 'n' Roll 101 handbooks, revisiting the chapter on how to report on a Young Rock Star's death. Has it been handled any differently this time around than in the past?

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Santana and Various Artists: Guitar Heaven

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time comes off as a celebrity version of American Idol.

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Jimi Hendrix, the Patron Saint of Alt-Blackness

Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix looms larger - and deeper - than ever within the black cultural pantheon. Even though he wasn't really 'black'.

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Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London

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.

Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber
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Hey Gibson, Let’s Talk Guitar Albums: An Alternative Top 10

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...

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Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker

Little Richard once proclaimed that "rhythm-and-blues had a baby", and their offspring was rock 'n' roll.

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Ultimate Hendrix by John McDermott

As engineer Eddie Kramer laments, too many Hendrix recording sessions ended up as parties, with hangers-on, groupies, and various other revelers packed into the studio to witness the Hendrix magic.

Guy Crucianelli
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Day Two: From Jimi Hendrix to the Rolling Stones

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.

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All My Loving

Tony Palmer's 1968 made-for-BBC "masterpiece" looks decidedly more suspect today.

Stuart Henderson
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Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock [DVD]

Experience Hendrix has done a tremendous service to aficionados the world over by adding another treasure to the archive.

Adam Williams
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Jimi Hendrix: Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight [CD + DVD]

As he had so masterfully done at Monterey and Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix engulfed Isle of Wight festival goers in a brilliant sea of cosmic sights and sounds. No one could have imagined that the 1970 concert would be the Voodoo Chile's last hurrah.

Adam Williams
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