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    What would Jimi do?

    Ok, I've been listening to Jimi Hendrix a lot lately (Axis Bold as Love). IMHO his music has aged well for the most part. Most of it is still excellent. He died in 1970 and would have been 66 this year. Anyway, if he were still alive what would he think of the current music? Rap? Indie? Would he still be playing cutting edge music or would he be on the Geritol circuit with the Stones, Eric Burdon etc?
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    He would still be touring internationally once a year, doing mostly accoustic blues with limited electric guitar work. Playing both original works and pieces by past masters. About once a year, he and Eric Clapton would play one un-announced gig in a different juke joint along the Mississipi River.

    When not on tour, Jimi would be working at his organic farming research center in eastern Washington state. He'd also provide free guitar lessons to two or three underpriviledged kids each year.
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    I'm guessing by now he'd be on the County Fair circuit. Along with Candlebox and Def Leopard.

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    Somewhere in the early 90's, Jimi would have become irrevelant. In the 2000's, he might have mounted a sort of reunion tour, ala Poison. His new tour would have a couple token new songs, which would suck, and then he'd launch into the stuff everyone knows. Those concerts would be full of pudgy, overweight guys and gals who kept their original Jimi shirts in the closet, just in case.
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    He would do a "Jimi Hendrix Unplugged" album that would feature an accoustic version of Purple Haze. It would be a small hit, but we veterans of the 60's would scarf it up. He would come out of the closet and explain that the lyric really is "excuse me, while I kiss this guy."

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    Quote Originally posted by Coragus View post
    Somewhere in the early 90's, Jimi would have become irrevelant. In the 2000's, he might have mounted a sort of reunion tour, ala Poison. His new tour would have a couple token new songs, which would suck, and then he'd launch into the stuff everyone knows. Those concerts would be full of pudgy, overweight guys and gals who kept their original Jimi shirts in the closet, just in case.
    Off-topic:
    I saw Flock of Seagulls on a recent tour. They were fat, and the lead singer with the famed hair was BALD. I thought he was a roadie doing a sound check at first. Then I barfed and went home.

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    I disagreee with any assessment that would place Hendrix today in the 'old and irrelevant' category. A great many people in life try to act cool while a relative few who walk the earth actually embody cool. Jimi Hendrix was one of those few individuals who fell in the second group. It's no accident that legions of guitarists STILL try to emulate his style almost 40 years after his death.

    Hendrix was to rock what Miles Davis was to jazz. He was too much of a creative genius, too talented, and far too much of an avant garde innovator to allow himself to slip quietly into obsolescence. I think if he were alive today he would be regarded with the same sort of reverence given to Clapton (or more).

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    As much as I hate to agree with Maister on anything, I think that he's probably right here. Jimi had the potential to be at least as relevant as Carlos Santana still is. Pity that he was burning his brain stem on both ends.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I disagreee with any assessment that would place Hendrix today in the 'old and irrelevant' category. A great many people in life try to act cool while a relative few who walk the earth actually embody cool. Jimi Hendrix was one of those few individuals who fell in the second group. It's no accident that legions of guitarists STILL try to emulate his style almost 40 years after his death.

    Hendrix was to rock what Miles Davis was to jazz. He was too much of a creative genius, too talented, and far too much of an avant garde innovator to allow himself to slip quietly into obsolescence. I think if he were alive today he would be regarded with the same sort of reverence given to Clapton (or more).
    I tend to agree with Maister.

    I think he would have chosen to slide away into obscurity, rather than carry on and make a mockery of himself.

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    Maister is correct. He would be no more irrelevant than Clapton is today - he would be a living legend and rock icon instead of a dead one.

    IMO, he would have gone off in a more avant-garde direction as the 70s progressed, dabbling in jazz fusion, and would have collaborated with guys like Herbie Hancock... he would eventually return to his rock roots and put out critically acclaimed albums along with other releases here and there over the years that are a little more niche-y but still still sell well. There would be the obvious reunion tours with both versions of his band.

    I wonder where Kurt Cobain would be now? Hmmm.

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    Quote Originally posted by MacheteJames View post
    I wonder where Kurt Cobain would be now? Hmmm.
    In a dumpster behind an IHOP.

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    He probably would have made a second porn flick by now.

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    Jimi would have played at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Jimi would have played at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
    Or Eric would have played at Jimi's Purple Haze festival.
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    Jimi

    ...or, maybe he'd do like Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane) and buy a farm in southern wherever and have guitar workshops.
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    The age of disco would have been hard on him, and he would have nearly slipped into obscurity during that time. But then by the early 90s he'd have a resurgence. I think he'd be a bit like Neil Young, and appreciated by the youth as a real rock legend, and still putting out CDs... some more commercially appealing than others. He'd probably live in a sprawling ranch in Washington State, and he'd have a daughter or two who'd work as models, and a new young-ish model for a wife.

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    Jimi Hendrix - Public Servent!

    I like to think that he would have left music and his wonton lifestyle behind him and turned, instead, first to academics where he earns his degree in public affairs and then, after becoming disillusioned with the Nixon administration, decides to change things from the inside and goes back into the Army - this time as a freshly minted Second Lieutenant.

    He quickly rises through the ranks because of his congeniality and being known as a no-nonsense commanding officer. Eventually, in the late 1970s, he is sent to West Point for graduate work and is then assigned to teaching special courses on joint service operations at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

    In his free time at Monterey, he teams up with Eric Burden, Ravi Shankar, and Pete Townshend to organize a festival marking the 15th anniversary of the 1967 Monterey Pop Music Festival - bringing out many of the original acts. The festival culminates with a performance by The Beach Boys (who were no shows at the original because Brian Wilson was intimidated by the fact that he would have to be coming on after both Hendrix and The Who). This would mark the last time the Beach Boys would play with their original lineup, including both Brian and Dennis Wilson. After the performance, the Beach Boys would mutually decide to put down their instruments and go on to other pursuits... thus saving the world from Kokomo.

    After his success at Monterey 15, Hendrix would finish his duty at the Naval Post Graduate School and then get sent to Fort Campbell, KY where he would be named Executive Officer of the 101st Airborne Division (the very same unit he served in as an enlisted man roughly 25 years earlier.

    As a Brigadier General he would receive orders for his twilight tour to be served at the Pentagon as Chief of Joint Operations. While at the Pentagon, Hendrix accepts one last appointment, this time to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army where he would remain until the middle of 1988 at which point he decides to return to his beloved Seattle and runs as a Democratic for the seat in Washington's 7th U.S. Congressional District.

    In 1992 he is thrust into the national spotlight again when he appears on the Arsenio Hall Show as a surprise guest who jams on guitar while presidential hopeful Bill Clinton plays the sax. To show his appreciation Clinton invites Hendrix to perform the Star Spangled Banner during his January inauguration.

    After having served with some national distinction on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hendrix is tapped to replace James Woolsey as Director of Central Intelligence in 1995.

    Hendrix would remain at the CIA through 1999, returning again to the Seattle area, but this time to teach political science at The University of Washington. He's wildly popular among his students and eventually begins teaching random seminars on The History of Popular Music in America and the occasional guitar performance class.

    After being a regular commentator, guest, and contributor to such media outlets as NPR's All Things Considered, The Larry King Show, and the O'Reilly Factor, he becomes very active in the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and would currently be getting ready to accept an appointment as Secretary of State under the upcoming Obama administration.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    After being a regular commentator, guest, and contributor to such media outlets as NPR's All Things Considered, The Larry King Show, and the O'Reilly Factor, he becomes very active in the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and would currently be getting ready to accept an appointment as Secretary of State under the upcoming Obama administration.
    Unfortunately, both for himself and the Obama campaign, he succumbs to a self-induced drug overdose on the eve of the election and the resulting publicity causes massive voter defection at the polls. As a result, Jimi Hendrix becomes only a footnote to the most significant presidential campaign collapse in the history of the United States. His original recording of the Star Spangled Banner is played at his interment. No one salutes except John McCain.
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    I don't think Jimi would still be playing strictly in the blues idiom. Some of his last (incomplete) work was experimenting with new sounds. War Heroes, one of my personal favorites, was completed posthumously and has a lot of new ideas he was developing. I also visited the Experience Music Project in Seattle which has a large section devoted to Hendrix. In it, you can also hear some other unreleased work-in-progress. He was becoming increasingly interested in jazz, for example.

    I think Jimi would be own with hip hop, for example, which is not to say he would necessarily have embraced it as a style he wanted to perform. I think in many ways his greatness was in being able to envision ways to push the envelope of accepted musical forms and I expect that spirit would have continued as he aged.
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    Maybe if he would have stayed around a few more years, rumoured supergroup Emerson, Lake, Palmer & Hendrix would have been a reality.
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    Bethel Hoedown

    Jimi Hendrix is alive and doing quite well, thank you. He is living in Bethel, NY.....and still plays one helluva mean guitar, although his nicotine habit has deepened his voice. He lives with his foxy lady, Janis Kansas. You know her as the former Janis Joplin. Jimi never changed his name.....he uses a creative method to ward off autograph seekers and the like. When asked if he is "the real Jimi Hendrix" he replies that he is and will prove it by playing his guitar. Out comes a smoky white Fender and he kicks into "All Along The Watchtower", completely destroying it by bad fret choice and hitting some of the chords more common to "You Light Up My Life".

    Janis still sounds great. Her style and her now-deeper voice creates an almost Billie Holiday effect. Visitors to their farm (previously refered-to as "the commune") always enjoyed the sight of Janis working the fields, dirty and tight blue jeans, no top, about six months of the year. A few years ago she started wearing long-sleeved flannel shirts. Outsiders wondered if her choice to put on a top was a testament to the unplanned-for breast-size change related to her coffee addiction......or her love for the musical style and clothing choice of their neighbor to the south, Kurt Cobain.

    Former "commune" member Terry Kath bought a spread just east, on West Shore Road. On just about any Tuesday night you can hear the licks kick through the Catskill Highlands, as Terry, Jimi, and Kurt ramble through great rock tunes. Another neighbor, Vassar Clements, occasionally drops by to fiddle about, sometimes bringing Jerry Garcia with him. Jerry has been working with a Bethel realtor to find a place, hopefully near the lake. Everytime that Jerry walks into the old barn behind the Hendrix house the collected musicians ask him if he is going to "turn on his love light". He usually responds that he "doesn't have the heart".

    Another "commune" regular recently stopped by. At first Jimi and Janis didn't recognize him because he had gained so much weight. But as soon as he opened his tattered suitcase with the faded "I Love Paris" sticker they knew his identity.....an identity unmasked by the lizards that inhabited his bag.

    Bethel locals don't pay much heed to "them hippies" up by the pond. Life in the "Cats" has too many other good things a-goin'.....in fact, Sarah Palin is said to be truckin' in later in the week. She heard some good things about the bunny hunting in these here parts and she knows she'll have plenty of free time come a few weeks down the road.

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    Bear, I've been there! Mama Cass Elliot has a hamburger joint with french-fries to die for. John Bonham has been trying to get a drum circle together at his house but so far only John Lennon has managed to make it and he said that he was just trying to get away from Yoko. Sometimes, late at night you can hear a deep rumbling like distant thunder but it's been rumored that Barry White wanders the woods singing at night although no one has actually seen him. Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens are running the local airport with help from a couple of other investors, Rick Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Otis Redding gives nightly concerts out at the lake.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I like to think that he would have left music and his wonton lifestyle behind him and turned, instead, first to academics where he earns his degree in public affairs and then, after becoming disillusioned with the Nixon administration, decides to change things from the inside and goes back into the Army - this time as a freshly minted Second Lieutenant.

    He quickly rises through the ranks because of his congeniality and being known as a no-nonsense commanding officer. Eventually, in the late 1970s, he is sent to West Point for graduate work and is then assigned to teaching special courses on joint service operations at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

    In his free time at Monterey, he teams up with Eric Burden, Ravi Shankar, and Pete Townshend to organize a festival marking the 15th anniversary of the 1967 Monterey Pop Music Festival - bringing out many of the original acts. The festival culminates with a performance by The Beach Boys (who were no shows at the original because Brian Wilson was intimidated by the fact that he would have to be coming on after both Hendrix and The Who). This would mark the last time the Beach Boys would play with their original lineup, including both Brian and Dennis Wilson. After the performance, the Beach Boys would mutually decide to put down their instruments and go on to other pursuits... thus saving the world from Kokomo.

    After his success at Monterey 15, Hendrix would finish his duty at the Naval Post Graduate School and then get sent to Fort Campbell, KY where he would be named Executive Officer of the 101st Airborne Division (the very same unit he served in as an enlisted man roughly 25 years earlier.

    As a Brigadier General he would receive orders for his twilight tour to be served at the Pentagon as Chief of Joint Operations. While at the Pentagon, Hendrix accepts one last appointment, this time to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army where he would remain until the middle of 1988 at which point he decides to return to his beloved Seattle and runs as a Democratic for the seat in Washington's 7th U.S. Congressional District.

    In 1992 he is thrust into the national spotlight again when he appears on the Arsenio Hall Show as a surprise guest who jams on guitar while presidential hopeful Bill Clinton plays the sax. To show his appreciation Clinton invites Hendrix to perform the Star Spangled Banner during his January inauguration.

    After having served with some national distinction on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hendrix is tapped to replace James Woolsey as Director of Central Intelligence in 1995.

    Hendrix would remain at the CIA through 1999, returning again to the Seattle area, but this time to teach political science at The University of Washington. He's wildly popular among his students and eventually begins teaching random seminars on The History of Popular Music in America and the occasional guitar performance class.

    After being a regular commentator, guest, and contributor to such media outlets as NPR's All Things Considered, The Larry King Show, and the O'Reilly Factor, he becomes very active in the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and would currently be getting ready to accept an appointment as Secretary of State under the upcoming Obama administration.
    Dude.......you should become a writer.....seriously.

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    bright flames burnout

    If he lived he would clearly be a living legend walking the tight rope between rock and blues. Besides being a guitar virtouso, Jimi could really play the blues. The earlier comparison to Neil could be close, but I could see Jimi, being more like: Willie Dixon; John Lee Hooker; BB King or Muddy Waters. These old dudes could rock at the blues to the grave. Heck BB is still playing.

    On the otherhand, Jimi was a bright light. These bright lights tend to burn out. How can you be a so far in front and maintain it?
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    Quote Originally posted by Mark View post
    These bright lights tend to burn out. How can you be a so far in front and maintain it?
    Quote Originally posted by Badfinger
    Don't you know that you are a shooting star And all the world will love you just as long as you arrrrrrre a shooting star!
    If you think about it there does seem to be some sort of cosmic propensity for creative geniuses to die before their time. TRUE.

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