Posts Tagged ‘Jimi Hendrix’
Given the opportunity to delve into the vault of any deceased musician, Jimi Hendrix will be high on the list, if not the top.
Well, Hendrix’s fans need not wait much longer to hear some gems from the unreleased follow-up to “Electric Ladyland.”
The album “Valleys Of Neptune,” in honor of the 40th anniversary of Hendrix’s death, will be released this March.
The posthumous 12 song album is a collection of tracks mainly from sessions at London’s Olympic Studios and New York’s Record Plant in 1969. The recording includes the famed guitarist’s final recording with the original Jimi Hendrix Experience lineup and his first work with bassist Billy Cox.
In addition to the album’s title track, “Valley Of Neptune” will include renditions of: “Red House,” “Fire,” and “Stone Free.” Also expected an enlightened cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”
The Guardian reported Hendrix’s sister Janie, who oversees his estate, indicated the guitarist’s “brilliance shines through on every one of these precious tracks.”
The album will be available March 9, and reports indicate the Hendrix vault is still ripe with tracks for future releases.
I would also be remiss in writing about Hendrix to not recommend “Room Full of Mirrors” by Charles R. Cross. This is by far the most comprehensive biography on Hendrix.
“To fathom hell or soar angelic just take a pinch of psychedelic.”
– Humphry Osmond, British psychiatrist and early LSD researcher
The 1960s and 70s featured some of the best music in history. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Yardbirds and Grateful Dead were common headliners.
It only stands to reason that the album art for such bands is as innovative and creative as the musical acts that they were promoting.
Through July 19 the Denver Art Museum is hosting the Psychedelic Experience, a fantastic gallery of more than 300 rock posters from the San Francisco Bay area spanning from 1965-71.
Artists included in the historic gallery, which bleeds vibrant colors, trippy shapes, twisted images and mind-bending music, are: Wes Wilson, Bonnie MacLean, Victor Moscoso, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Lee Conklin, David Singer and my personal favorite Rick Griffin.
The extraordinary works of art, heavily influenced by hallucinogenic drugs, provide a window into a subculture that was more influential than it was ever aware.
In addition to the art, the exhibit does a good job of describing the artists and their relationship with the music. The context of the entire San Francisco scene, from Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests to the history of each artist, is contained within the museum walls.
Majority of the posters were for shows at the famed Fillmore Auditorium or Avalon Ballroom, and the images depict the shift from underground fringe audiences to more mainstream appeal as the images and text shifted towards the early 70s.
In addition to the main exhibit there is a side room filled with vinyl records, magazines and backlight posters from the era. There is also a chance for visitors to make their own collage style poster. The museum also has a limited number of authentic artist autographed posters on hand.
Tickets for non-members are $15. For more information visit www.denverartmuseum.org