Because of production delays and the notorious rainstorm, the Woodstock “headliner” and highest-paid performer reserved to close the show, Jimi Hendrix, ended up going on in the morning light of Monday, April 18. when many of the hundreds of thousands had left. Three who remained that day and participated in the legendary performance are my guests bass player Billy Cox, drummer Mitch Mitchell, and recording engineer Eddie Kramer.
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Fifty years ago Jimi Hendrix performed two Memorial Day concerts in Berkeley CA at which he unveiled unreleased songs, including the portentious “Hear My Train a Comin’ “.
Jimi Hendrix and his British trio the Experience created a landmark double album in 1968 called “Electric Ladyland”, but this deep into the 21st century it may be difficult for many to fully understand the context in which it was made and the world into which it was subsequently released.
Biographer and reissue producer John McDermott is featured along with one of the last interviews with dear sweet Experience drummer John “Mitch” Mitchell in the first of our two-part In the Studio special on “Electric Ladyland” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Jimi Hendrix mutated rock’s DNA, we have been trying to decode the Hendrix genome for half a century.
Al Stewart joins me In the Studio in a rare interview on the 45th anniversary of his breakout 1976 album “Year of the Cat”. Stewart might seem to be name-dropping big time, except it’s all true: sneaking backstage during a 1963 Beatles concert and talking with John Lennon; rooming in London next to Paul Simon; befriended by an unknown Cat Stevens; mc’ing at a London nightclub when another unknown, an American named Jimi Hendrix, decided to play his guitar with his teeth. But being witness repeatedly to rock history apparently accounted for nothing when Al Stewart’s seventh album, “Year of the Cat”, was unceremoniously turned down by every major UK record label.
Here is a playlist for you featuring freedom as the theme from Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Chicago, Crosby Stills and Nash, Don Henley, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Rascals, Rush, Styx, The Byrds, and The Who to celebrate red, white, and boom!
the breakout album “Strong Persuader” by my guest In the Studio, Robert Cray.
In order to explore the Spirit concept album “The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus” on its golden anniversary, we sit down with singer/ songwriter/ keyboard player Jay Ferguson to hear “Animal Zoo”,” Mr Skin”, and “Nature’s Way”.
Grand Funk Railroad “Closer to Home” interview with Mark Farner and Don Brewer In the Studio.