Guide to British Music of the 1960s

 

Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Jimi Hendrix- guitar/vocals, Noel Redding - bass/vocals, Mitch Mitchell - drums

The Jimi Hendrix Experience qualifies for Making Time as two-thirds of the band were British and the band made its name in the UK before cracking the US market.

The US breakthrough came when The Experience was booked to pay the Monterey Festival. Hendrix had been recommended by no less than Pete Townshend, Andrew Loog Oldham, Paul McCartney and Brian Jones. Both the Experience and the Who wanted to go on before the other but Hendrix's manager Chas Chandler lost the toss and Hendrix followed the explosive Who. This led to to look to outdo Townshend. After a storming set that has been captured on film, Hendrix finished with Wild Thing and infamously set fire to his Fender Stratocaster. Jimi Hendrix had broken through in his home country.

In his autobiography Life Keith Richards said that a former girlfriend of his lent Jimi a demo cassette of Tim Rose playing Hey Joe. The rest, as they say, is history.

On 14 November 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience started a package tour of the UK which lasted until 5 December. This also included Pink Floyd, Amen Corner and the Move amongst others.

Mitch Mitchell died of natural causes in November 2008. He was 62.

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