Rock Wild Drug Stories 5: Jimi Hendrix


Drug stories: Born James Marshall Hendrix on Nov. 27,  died on September 18th, 1970.

Drugs. Few people did as many drugs as Jimi Hendrix. His life was full of moments that never would have happened sober. (SOURCE: LISTVERSE.COM)

He never would have become a musician without them. Before he was a star, Hendrix was in the military. He got kicked out, though, partly because of drugs—his commanding officer caught him in the latrine, smoking pot and masturbating on duty.drug

After living the army, Hendrix became a rock star, and his drug addictions got bigger. At one point, in the late 1960s, that drug problem got him kidnapped. He was walking down the streets looking for dope and met a group of boys who promised they had some at their house. Hendrix went with them, but when he got there they locked them in a room and called his manager demanding ransom money.

Hendrix’s manager, though, sent a mob enforced named Joe Roberts after them anyway. Roberts scared the kids into letting Hendrix go and then gave them, in his words, “a beating they would never forget.”

Hendrix, though, didn’t seem phased. Roberts said, “Jimi was so stoned, he probably didn’t even know he was ever kidnapped.”

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Some Urban legend says: The legendary guitarist wore an LSD-laced headband so the drug would seep into his pores. Some say he made cuts in his forehead to facilitate the process.

Alcohol. Many of the people who knew him have testified that when he drank, he displayed bursts of atypical, physical violence. He was even accused by at least two women for attacking and abusing them while he was drunk.

2. Marijuana. One of the biggest problems with Jimi’s marijuana abuse is that he was mixing it with alcohol and other drugs.

3. LSD. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide = a psychedelic drug that causes hallucinations. The fact that it is non-addictive, doesn’t make it “safe”. On the contrary, the effects of alteration of time and space, alongside the hallucinations can lead to unintentional self-harm or accidents.

4. Amphetamine. This group of drugs includes stimulants, hallucinogens and entactogens. It is said that Jimi used them during his music tours.

Jimi died on September 18th, 1970. The hours leading up to his untimely death are subject to numerous conspiracy theories. Due to the confused statements of his partner at the time, Monika Dannemann. A twenty-five-year-old German ice-skater whom he barely knew.  The post-mortem revealed that he had vomited in his sleep and choked to death having overdosed on   Vesparax.

Unaware of the half-tablet dosage, Jimi took nine. His reckless mixing of drugs and alcohol had become so commonplace the previous year that his girlfriends regularly woke up to hear him gasping and had to clear his windpipe. Sadly there was no angelic rescue and, aged twenty-seven, he died, six days short of the fourth anniversary of his arrival in London.


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