Today is Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday. I was listening to the audio book written and narrated by Peter Townshend, Who I Am earlier today. I was very taken with how Peter Townshend reflected upon his personal memories of Jimi Hendrix as many of us are doing today.
Jimi Hendrix cradles his Rickenbacker on a first meeting with The Who in 1967.
“He was a mesmerizing performer,” writes Townshend. “He was a shaman, and it looked as if glittering colored light emanated from the ends of his long, elegant fingers as he played.”
But his “artistic genius lay in how he created a sound all his own: Psychedelic Soul, or what I’ll call ‘Blues Impressionism.’ ”
“Who I Am: A Memoir”, By Peter Townshend, Copyright 2012, HarperCollins, New York, N.Y.
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