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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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December 1966

December 1966

At Home with the Blues

(p.68) 5: December 1966
Stone Free

Jas Obrecht

University of North Carolina Press

Jimi deepens his entanglement with manager Michael Jeffery by signing another ill-advised contract, and moves with Chas Chandler and Kathy Etchingham into an apartment owned by Ringo Starr. He begins assembling a wide-ranging collection of albums, including many by favourite blues artists Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James. After a visit with his former bandleader, Little Richard, Hendrix is accosted by the London police due to his skin color and clothing choices. The Jimi Hendrix Experience make their television debut on Ready Steady Go!, and record “Foxey Lady,” “Can You See Me,” “Love or Confusion,” “Red House,” and other original Hendrix compositions. The band’s first single, “Hey Joe” backed with “Stone Free,” is released to rave reviews. Then, while waiting backstage to perform at a Boxing Day matinee, Jimi composes “Purple Haze,” drawing inspiration from a Philip José Farmer science fiction short story. He rings in the new year with Noel Redding’s family.

Keywords:   Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Little Richard, Ready Steady Go!, “Foxey Lady”, “Red House”, “Purple Haze”, “Can You See Me”, “Love or Confusion”

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