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.
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
Interviews with Woodstock Festival performers David Crosby, Graham Nash, dearly departed Joe Cocker, Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane, and Robbie Robertson of The Band. Part 2.
Woodstock Festival was unequaled in sheer scale, still heard fifty years later in the voices of Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, the late Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After,
AC/DC original lead singer Bon Scott’s generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a character out of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”…