Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
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Well, one of the best
in this studio anyway.
How about some of the best
sitting in this chair?
Another rapid return visit by a trio
which is blazing a trail through Britain
with exciting new sounds.
I just wish I Could just grab you, man,
An experience for Jimi Hendrix, retaining
his title as the world's top musician.
I can't explain myself like this at that
sometimes 'cause it doesn't come out like that.
Wait, don't waste all that Elm there.
Stop it for a second.
I was born in Seattle, Washington, USA,
on November 27th 1942
at the age of zero.
My dad used to call me
Buster, or buddy boy,
and my mother
used to call me Jimmy.
Mostly my dad took care of me.
My dad was very strict and taught me
that I must respect my elders always.
I couldn't speak
unless I was spoken to first by grown-ups.
A fish wouldn't get into trouble,
if he kept his mouth shut.
So I've always been very quiet.
But I saw a lot of things.
My grandmother is part Cherokee.
I used to spend a lot of time on a
reservation in Vancouver, British Columbia.
My mother and father used to fall out a lot
and I always had to be ready
to go tippy-toeing off to Canada.
My dad was level-headed and religious
but my mother used to like
having a good time and dressing up.
She used to drink a lot
and didn't take care of herself.
She died when I was about ten
but she was a groovy mother.
I went to school in Seattle,
then Vancouver, then back to Seattle.
On the whole,
We had Chinese, Japanese,
Puerto Ricans, Philippines.
We won all the football games.
At school I used to write poetry a lot
and I wanted to be an actor or a painter.
They said I used to be late all the time
but I was getting As and Bs.
I had a girlfriend in the art class
and we used to hold hands all the time.
The art teacher didn't dig that at all.
I left school early.
School was nothing for me.
I wanted something to happen to me.
My father told me to look for a job,
so that's what I did.
I worked for my father
for a couple of weeks.
I had to work very hard.
Dad was a gardener
and it got pretty bad in the winter
when there wasn't any grass to cut.
Have you heard of Muddy Waters?
The first guitarist
I was aware of was Muddy Waters.
I heard one of his old records when I was
a little boy and it scared me to death,
because I heard all of those sounds.
Wow! What is all that about?
It was great!
One of the funkiest I've heard.
I dug Howlin' Wolf
but I was into other stuff.
I used to like Buddy Holly
and Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran.
But you get your inspiration
Color just doesn't make any difference.
Look at Elvis.
He could sing the blues and he was white.
I always say, let the best man win.
Whether you're black, white or purple.
I was about 14 or 15
when I started playing guitar.
I learned all the riffs I could.
I never had any lessons.
I learned guitar from records and the radio.
I was trying to play like
Trying to learn everything and anything.
I played in my back yard at home
and the kids used to gather round
and said it was cool.
When I was 17, I formed this group
with some other guys
but they drowned me out.
I didn't know why at first
but after about three months, I realized:
I had to get an electric guitar.
My first electric was a Danelectro
which my dad bought for me.
Must have busted him for a long time.
I got the guitar together
because it was all I had.
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