Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has been collecting vinyl since he was a teenager at art school. One day he combined his two passions of art and music, and started painting musicians on to their records. ‘The Beatles were the first,’ he says, ‘of course.’ He uses acrylic paint and prefers to use records that would otherwise be thrown away, although the flipside can still be played. ‘I like the tangibility of vinyl, the memories,’ he says. ‘I remember what the cabinet smelled like with my dad’s records, the sound of the shrink-wrap crinkling, the feel of the record in your hand as you flip it from one side to the other.’
Jimi Hendrix / And the Gods Made Love (Polydor)
Jilala Wedding Procession from Moroccan Trance Music: Jilala, Gnaoua
Flying Lotus / M Theory (Warp)
Twinkle Brothers & The Trebunia Family Band / Don’t Betray Me (On-U Sound)
Andy Fairley / Precinct of Sound (On-U Sound)
King Midas Sound / Frequencies (Hyperdub)
Sonido Martines / Rebajadas van a Brooklyn (Soot/Dutty Artz) Tom Zé / Curiosidades – Amon Tobin Remix (Luaka Bop)
The Melvins / Civilized Worm
Boogie Down Productions / I’m Still No.1 Public Enemy / Rebel Without a Pause (Def Jam)
The Cramps / TV Set (EMI)
Boards of Canada / You Could Feel The Sky (Warp)
Ninja Tune XX Presents King Cannibal ‘The Way Of The Ninja‘ / Welcome To Our Ageing Sideshow (Ninja Tune)
Jimi Hendrix / Moon, Turn The Tides…Gently, Gently (Poydor)
Oh, I get it now, it’s the lead up to the 40th anniversary of Jimi’s passing. The Guardian have a photo spread / feature about a photo exhibition
covering the months that Jimi lived in London. I didn’t know until a minute ago that he lived in the same house as the composer Handel. More photos here
When Jimi Hendrix returned to his native USA as a star, the country he knew had changed.
This afternoon, Tom Robinson presents a radio program to tie in with the 40th anniversary of the guitarist’s death, exploring the pressure Jimi was under to make an explicit political declaration.
Tom explores Hendrix’s 14 months in the Screaming Eagles 101 Airborne Division that saw him parachute a total of 26 times before he was invalided out with a broken ankle. Brother Leon Hendrix discusses his elder bother’s time in the military, along with comments from author Charles Sharr Murray.
Singer and friend Eric Burdon explains how, after the riots in Grovesnor Square, Jimi trotted out the American government’s party line on Vietnam – the so-called “Domino Theory”.
The Soft Machine supported Hendrix as they traveled across America and drummer Robert Wyatt recalls how Jimi responded to media questions about the war, and the emergence of the Black Power movement. Hendrix was receptive to the Black Panther Party and found the Seattle Chapter of the organization run by two former high school friends. Both Panthers, Aaron and Elmer Dixon talk about how receptive Hendrix was to the cause.
The programme culminates with Jimi’s Woodstock Festival performance of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, an eloquent (and wordless) statement against the Vietnam war. In retrospect, it can also be read as a swan song for the era of peace and love and for Hendrix himself, who died in his sleep the following year. Jimi Hendrix is more than a blues guitarist who got lucky in the 60s. He did the best he could to be his own man without openly taking sides, and we are still trying to get to know him 40 years after his death.