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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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May 1967

May 1967

“The Group They Love to Hate”

(p.159) 10: May 1967
Stone Free

Jas Obrecht

University of North Carolina Press

On May 1, Reprise Records issues the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut single in the U.S. During a series of interviews, Jimi addresses the racism he experienced during the Walker Brothers tour and the egregious minstrel-derived images conservative British journalists apply to him. Jet magazine, America’s “Weekly Negro News Magazine,” begins covering Jimi’s success abroad. In studio sessions, the Experience record “She’s So Fine,” “Taking Care of Business,” “Look Over Yonder,” “If 6 Was 9,” and portions of “Burning of the Midnight Lamp.” At the Saville, the band plays a triumphant set to a star-studded audience. Mid-month, Track Records releases Are You Experienced, the most revolutionary album in rock history, to rave reviews. The band spends the second half of the month on a European tour that takes them to West Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Despite the chart-climbing record releases, intensive press coverage, and ever-expanding audiences, Jimi, Mitch, and Noel can barely survive on the small stipend they’re being paid, which leads them to a showdown with management at month’s end.

Keywords:   minstrel images, Jet, Weekly Negro News Magazine, “She’s So Fine”, “Look Over Yonder”, “If 6 Was 9”, “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”, Are You Experienced (album), Track Records, European tour

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