Archive | Feb 07, 2017

Certain Songs #783: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Purple Haze”

Album: Are You Experienced
Year: 1967

How do I even deal with Jimi Hendrix?

I mean, he was a complete game-changer, an absolutely incandescent comet who redefined heavy rock ‘n’ roll guitar and then up and died before he could get old and boring. And so many words have been spilled about him that I’m sure I don’t have a whole lot new to add.

Except this confession: I’ve always felt that I never quite got Jimi Hendrix the way that everybody else did, and while I appreciate his guitar wizardry, it never spoke to me the way that some of his less-skilled contemporaries — like Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page — did.