11th Sept 1970, NME’s Keith Allston interviewed Jimi Hendrix in England. The interview turned out to be Hendrix’s last; he died a mere seven days later. During the interview, Hendrix talked about a new musical phase, with planned collaborations with Miles Davis and Paul McCartney.
On September 11, 1970, NME’s Keith Allston interviewed Jimi Hendrix in England. The interview turned out to be Hendrix’s last; he died a mere seven days later — forty-three years ago today, September 18, 1970 — at age 27.
You can hear the entire 30-plus-minute interview below.
It’s well known that Hendrix was set on branching out into a new musical phase in his later years, with collaborations with Miles Davis — and even Paul McCartney, apparently — in the planning or near-planning stages.
In the interview, Hendrix is contemplative and not totally sure where he’s bound next. He’s also pretty funny, as the following exchange proves:
Do you feel personally that you have enough money to live comfortably without necessarily making more as a sort of professional entertainer?
Ah, I don’t think so, not the way I’d like to live, because like I want to get up in the morning and just roll over in my bed into an indoor swimming pool and then swim to the breakfast table, come up for air and get maybe a drink of orange juice or something like that. Then just flop over from the chair into the swimming pool, swim into the bathroom and go on and shave and whatever.
You don’t want to live just comfortably, you wanna live luxuriously?
No! Is that luxurious? I was thinking about a tent, maybe, [laughs]overhanging … overhanging this … a mountain stream! [laughs].
When Jimi Hendrix Invited Paul McCartney to a Super Group
Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis were making plans to record together the year before Hendrix’s death in 1970, but it turns out they were hoping that Paul McCartney would join them on bass.
Davis and Hendrix sent McCartney an impromptu October 21st, 1969 telegram request to record with them in New York:
“We are recording an LP together this weekend. How about coming in to play bass stop call Alan Douglas 212-5812212. Peace Jimi Hendrix Miles Davis Tony Williams.”
It’s unclear if McCartney was aware of the request. The telegram advises him to contact producer Alan Douglas, and is seemingly an impromptu note asking McCartney to visit New York from London on short notice.
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