Who was Jimi Hendrix?

“Yes, I was surprised many people did not know who was Hendrix!”  — Paulo Coelho

“No comments on ‘who was Janis Joplin?’ Probably because I was shocked with ‘who was Hendrix’?” — Paulo Coelho

In the early hours of this morning I watched a little of The Song Remains the Same, a concert Led Zeppelin gave in Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1973. Probably the same lineup as I saw in 1972. Songs to send shivers down the spine – ‘Black Dog’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’. Before I knew it, it was almost 2-30am. I then watched a little of Robbie Williams one nighter Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a rendering of Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack classics. Quite moving ‘Mr Bojangles.’

I compared then with what now one has ones ears assaulted with. I do not know why, but the worse a person’s musical taste is, the more they feel they have to impose it on those around them. Why do I have to have these morons sat near me on a train? Once upon a time musicians played the clubs, learnt the ropes. They played because they loved music. Now they are wanna be celebrities on shows like X Factor and Pop Idol and their multitude clones around the world. Nonentities seeking their five minutes of fame.

On one of these shows, opiate of the masses, Led Zeppelin would not get past the get go.

Gone 3am, I checked my messages, and my attention was caught by a couple of messages from Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Synchronicity?


Who was Jimi Hendrix?

That is the question people were asking Paulo Coelho. He was shocked,  I was shocked, that people did not know. It goes without saying they do not know who Janis Joplin was either.


For those who do not know, Janis was with Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship. Try ‘White Rabbit’.

There are excellent musicians around.

Jon’s Jam play at a rundown pub, The Old Ford,  next to North Camp Station. Sometimes they are rubbish at other times excellent. Depends who is playing. Just a group of musicians who get to play at a pub.


They would not get a look in either on these rubbish TV programmes.

A few weeks ago I was on a train from Guildford to North Camp. I had a message from my friend Jane reference Jimi Hendrix. I thought ‘All Along the Watchtower’, Hendrix brilliant rendition of the Bob Dylan classic.

I got off the train, walked into The Old Ford, and could not believe it, Jon’s Jam playing ‘All Along the Watchtower’, more Hendrix than Dylan. Synchronicity?


I picked up these two concerts Tuesday afternoon from Ben’s Records in Guildford, probably the best record shop in the country for choice and diversity, and amazingly cheap, unlike a second-hand record shop in North Laine area of Brighton, grumpy service and extortionate prices.


Brighton does though have an excellent music scene. Try Jacob’s Stories or Mechanical Bride. Impossible to find in the shops. Not even in Resident, a must visit independent record shop in the North Laine area of Brighton.


Earlier yesterday afternoon I had chatted with two Brazilian girls. They did not not know who Paulo Coelho was! I expect this from English, but Brazilians! They did at least know AfroReggae. I could have tried Ana Carma, but a guess I know the answer without even trying.


Before he was a writer, Paulo Coelho was record producer and songwriter. Maybe he also performed as the young Paulo Coelho looks very much the part as a Brazilian Jimi Hendrix.

First published as a facebook note 16 September 2009.

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3 Responses to “Who was Jimi Hendrix?”

  1. Street Photographer Says:

    Huh? Janis Joplin with Jeffersopn Airplane? I think you’re thinking of Grace Slick. Joplin was with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

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