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Jimi Hendrix's Last Interview Surfaces
For the first time since being recorded forty-three years ago, Jimi Hendrix's final interview has been released in full, and it reveals an artist intent on staying curious and adventurous in the face of the public's expectations. Hendrix passed away on September 18, 1970, a week after recording the interview with press agent Keith Altham, so it's a bittersweet “what could have been” look at Jimi's future.
When asked about his plans for putting together a band, Hendrix revealed that he was considering playing with two bands—a smaller one and a bigger one.
"I think I'll get a small one together. It's really hard to decide,” Hendrix said. “I'd like to have both, if I could. I'd get two guitarists – one myself – an organist, a singer, drums and bass. That would be out of sight."
Hendrix also admitted that music had briefly lost its sheen for him, but that he was planning on taking a break to figure out which direction to take next.
“I was feeling [unexcited] before, because I was thinking too fast,” the guitarist explained. “It's hard to know what people want sometimes--right now I can't feel anything. I just need to lay back and think about it all."
More than anything, Jimi was afraid of being pigeonholed as an artist: “I’d hate to be in one corner, put only as a guitar player, only as a songwriter, only as a tap-dancer or something like that. I like to move around.”