“The Best Guitarist in the World”
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.
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