Outkast’s Andre 3000 stars as the 1960s superstar in All Is By My Side, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend.
It’s long been known that Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis were making plans to record together the year before Hendrix’s death in 1970, but it turns out they were hoping that Paul McCartney would join them on bass. Hendrix, Davis and jazz drummer Tony Williams sent a telegram on Oct. 21, 1969, to the Beatles’ Apple Records, hoping to get McCartney in for a session.
Happy birthday, Jimi Hendrix! The guitarist would have turned 70 today.
From the All Things Considered archives, hear the story behind “Purple Haze,” with thoughts by original Jimi Hendrix Experience engineer Eddie Kramer and this quotable nugget from Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid: “He was unabashedly sexual. He didn’t apologize to black people for being wild, and he didn’t apologize — he certainly didn’t ask for permission from white people. He laid down a gauntlet, you know, he said, ‘Are you prepared to be free?’”