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Music ian 3/9/2013

Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 this year, if he hadn’t shuffled off from drug-related asphyxia in 1970, aged 27.

A remarkable thing about Jimi is the career he has had since he died.  In his lifetime he saw three studio albums recorded – and they were darn good ones – Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland.  There is no denying the brilliance of tracks like Hey Joe, Stone Free, Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary and All Along the Watchtower but look at what Hendrix has acheived from the other side of the grave.

He has won several posthumous lifetime achievement awards and been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame six times.  There have been 12 studio albums released, the most recent being the 2013 album titled, People Hell & Angels.  His sister, Janie Hendrix, and Eddie Kramer, who was Jimi’s recording engineer, are the co-producers and I guess if the recordings are there they should be made available for posterity… but you can’t help feeling that somebody is flogging a dead legend.

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