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Stone FreeJimi Hendrix in London, September 1966-June 1967$
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Jas Obrecht

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469647067

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647067.001.0001

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November 1966

November 1966

“The Best Guitarist in the World”

(p.57) 4: November 1966
Stone Free

Jas Obrecht

University of North Carolina Press

On November 2, 1966, the Experience record Jimi’s newly composed “Stone Free” during a single session at De Lane Lea Studios. Chas Chandler arranges a record deal with Track Records and Jimi begins work on his ambitious “Third Stone from the Sun,” inspired by his love of science fiction. Chandler, Jimi’s father James “Al” Hendrix, and best friend Billy Cox describe his extraordinary all-day, every-day dedication to the guitar. Kathy Etchingham details their home life together and forays around London. During a tour of Germany, Jimi accidentally smashes a guitar and discovers “demolition feedback.” The Experience’s London afternoon showcase at the Bag O’Nails is attended by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, and leading British music journalists, whose write-ups contribute to Jimi’s rapid ascent to fame. Meanwhile, his unprecedented guitarmanship and sexually-suggestive stage moves frighten The Who’s Pete Townshend and other leading British guitar icons.

Keywords:   “Stone Free”, De Lane Lea Studios, Track Records, “Third Stone from the Sun”, James “Al” Hendrix, Billy Cox, smashing guitars, Bag O’Nails, feedback, The Beatles, Pete Townshend

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