05 Dec

27 Club – Musicians Who Died at 27

A while back people starting noticing that 27 seemed to be the strange age that music legends passed on. Then it really sunk in when Any Winehouse died back in July at….27. I’ve done some research and made a list of the musical people who have passed at 27:

Robert Johnson (1911-1938) Not really discovered until the 60’s, he was a blues singer and guitarist that only recorded 29 songs between 1936 & 1937. He was allegedly poisoned by a lover’s jealous boyfriend or husband.

Brian Jones (1942-1969) Founding member of the Rolling Stones, he had a severe substance abuse problem that forced him out of the group. A month after being kicked out of the Stones, he was found at the bottom of his swimming pool.

Alan Wilson (1943-1970) A member of Canned Heat, Alan had poor vision and struggled with mental illness. After previously attempting suicide he finally died of a drug overdose.

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) He needs no explanation. Probably the greatest guitarist to ever live, he died asphyxiating on his own vomit while sleeping.

Janis Joplin (1943-1970) First as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company then as a solo artist, she unfortunately got addicted to heroin and alcohol and died of an overdose, less than 3 weeks after Jimi Hendrix.

Jim Morrison (1943-1971) Lead singer of The Doors and also a poet and an avid reader of philosophy. Addicted to alcohol and heroin, he died of a heart attack caused by a heroin overdose.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (1945-1973) Founding member of the Grateful Dead. Even though he wasn’t into LSD or other drugs, his drinking caused him to develop cirrhosis and died of an internal hemorrhage.

Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) Founding member and singer of Nirvana, he struggled with mental illness, chronic health problems and heroin addiction. He committed suicide in the garage of his home.

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011) Her songs were a great mix of R&B, soul and Jazz and was just at the start of her career.  Unfortunately Amy battled drug and alcohol abuse for many years. She was found dead in her London apartment.

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24 Oct

Music Quote TidBit – Jimi Hendrix

“Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.”
Jimi Hendrix

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26 Dec

Jimi Hendrix Vinyl Package and CD

On January 25th a limited edition vinyl package and CD will be released of Jimi’s shows from 1967 and 1968.  It will have the recording of the Paris L’Olympia Theatre show from January 29, 1968 and the Ottawa show at Capitol Theater on March 19, 1968 and the recording of L’Oympia show on October 9, 1967 which was recorded for French radio.  On top of these great recordings the set will have a T-shirt, guitar picks, an iPod skin, badges, poster and a postcard set.  Sweet.

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05 Oct

Hendrix Stratocaster On Sale….Again

Jimi Hendrix’s vintage 1967 Fender Stratoscaster is up for sale again.  This time for $500,000.  It was originally right-handed but converted to left-handed for Hendrix.  It was in the court system back in 2001 but things were settled out of court.  This guitar has a bunch of history that you can read here

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29 Sep

Gibson’s Jimi Hendrix Piano…Noooooo!

Man, this is just terrible.  What’s going on with Gibson?  They are coming out with a Jimi Hendrix piano called “The Baldwin Hendrix Custom Grand.”  It has a bunch of ugly drawings all over it and is listed for $168,848.   It was on the Gibson site but for some reason it got taken down.  Here are some pics I found of it.

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13 Apr

Jimi Hendrix DVD

A new DVD is coming out featuring the offstage and in between gig times of Jimi Hendrix. The candid footage was originally shot in 1969 when a camera crew followed him around for a month. These shots of him have never been seen before and will, at least for me, bring me a little closer to the iconic man. You know what I mean? I have been seeing him perform on TV for ever but never really seen him talking or kicking back so this wil be pretty sick to see.

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17 Mar

Jimi Hendrix New Book

A book about Jimi Hendrix is coming out titled “Ultimate Hendrix” and will cover the years between his discharge from the army in 1963 and his tragic early death in 1970.  Complete will all-new interviews with bandmates and studio staff, candid conversations transcribed directly from the raw tapes and rarely seen photos of Hendrix in the studio.  The book is written by John McDermott who also wrote 3 other books on Hendrix.  Sounds good to me.

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23 Feb

Hendrix Electric Vodka – Love or Confusion

Those of you who have been getting drunk on Hendrix Electric Vodka better buy up as many bottles as you can. Yep, the bottles are being pulled off the shelves immediately due to a lawsuit won by Experience Hendrix LLC against Craig Dieffenbach and Electric Hendrix Sprits LLC. This case goes back to March 2007 when the Experience Hendrix company went after Dieffenback alleging the company deliberately tried to deceive the public into believing these were genuine Hendrix products. So the US District Court ruled that Dieffenbach has to pay $3.2 Million for his mishap.

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