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I was skeptical but curious when I learned there’s a biopic about Jimi Hendrix coming out. The fact that there’s no actual Hendrix music in it made me wonder: why bother? After researching it further, I’m appalled and disgusted, and I’m sure I never want to see it. I don’t care whatever they may have gotten “right” – the whole thing is wrong because of one thing: the movie portrays Jimi Hendrix beating up his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. It’s fiction, and Kathy Etchingham is alive and well and denouncing this horrible offense to Jimi Hendrix’s memory.

Why the hell would they do this? What, they think this makes the movie more marketable? They think they have a right to do that? Perhaps their lawyers inform them they have a legal right as it’s free speech etc., but as a Jimi Hendrix fan I reject that, they have no right if truth has any value! I have no idea what brain-damaged decision making process was behind this, but we can’t let it stand. Jimi was an absolute sweetheart, everyone who knew him says so.

Why take artistic license rewriting the life of someone as interesting and entertaining as Jimi Hendrix? And why in the name of all that is right, would you rewrite him as someone who was violent and abusive to his girlfriend? I don’t doubt Andre 3000 did a good job in the role. But the writers failed outright.

Jimi Hendrix did a fine job in his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in real life, a recent and great life, which ended way too soon. And look, this is not like some mystery man, this is not a Robert Johnson who is difficult to research. Hendrix’s life and career are very extensively documented in every kind of media. There are thousands of credible articles, interviews with his friends and family, books, footage, freakin’ postcards, this is just not a person you need to make stuff up about. What, he wasn’t interesting enough?? You have to make him VIOLENT to the woman he wrote “Foxy Lady” and “The Wind Cries Mary” about, to sell more TICKETS maybe?? Is nothing at all safe from stupid, heartless greed? The more I think about it, the more it makes me furious.

Don’t give ‘em a nickel. I hope they get properly sued for character defamation or whatever might stick. I’m not a lawyer. But it’s Jimi, man.

If you want to see a good doc on the real Jimi, check out “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin” on Netflix. Listen to his records. Watch some live footage. Experience the real deal.

Update 7-12-2014:
I neglected to include, the title of the movie is: “All Is By My Side.”
Thanks Alan G. for the heads-up.


A Summer Dream of 70′s Hot Rod Guitars and Bad Motor Scooters

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How odd, I haven’t heard this song in a hundred years or so, and last night I dreamt it. The whole thing. So of course I have to blog it. I love the guitar work on this, Ronnie Montrose evoking a loud, two-wheeled motor vehicle peeling out, shifting gears and skidding like a maniac. It’s […]

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I like mornings. Mornings are great. Every time I get one, I think, wow, another one! We get a certain number and then we don’t. Some folks find morning people annoying. I understand that. I’d find myself annoying in the morning too if I weren’t me. I mean I get so damn chipper with the […]

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T.V. Guns Block Off The Streets To Shoot

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This song is about guns, media, and the Great Suckery. It’s from the Uptones’ “East Bay Orbits” CD, you can get it at iTunes or Amazon, or download it from the link below if you like. Here are the lyrics. Not sure these topical songs make any difference ever, but what can we do other […]

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I still don’t know who this Ben Ghazi guy is, or why he’s famous.

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I keep hearing about this Ben Ghazi dude, who is he? Did he photo-bomb Kim and Kanye, or have sex with Rush Limbaugh, or how did it happen? People get famous so fast these days I can’t keep track. But I try to keep up. Talking points, weird, batcrazy tea-hatters, Iraq in collapse, Ann Coulter’s […]

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Trench Warfare’s Punk Rock Heart Of Gold

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I met the kids in Trench Warfare when I was coaching at the Music Camp Rocks program out in Pleasanton last summer. They weren’t all in the same group then, the combos were assembled based on age, skill level, musical interests, you know, band camp. After that, of course I wondered whom of them I’d […]

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Saturday Links With Coffee Fest

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Nothing as uniquely satisfying as a lazy weekend morning with coffee, cats and some tasty links. Today saw some good ones, so here they are for your amusement, edification and lollygagging. Firstly, I just discovered Ash Beckham, oh, my, gawd. What a brilliant thoughtful genius original clever profound funnyperson. I’m an instant fan after watching […]

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T-Bone Burnett Addresses Music Streaming Companies’ Naked Greed

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Record producer, musician and many-time Grammy winner T. Bone Burnett’s piece in the LA Times is nice to see, on the ongoing saga of music streaming companies striving to use musical content, profit from it, and pay as little as possible or nothing for it. Seems Pandora and SiriusXM are willing to exploit a legal […]

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From Another Generation To Another Generation

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The youtube below contains one of my favorite songs from the debut record from one of my favorite bands. The Uptones have played a lot of fun shows with Fishbone over the decades, starting when we were all fresh out of high school. We’ve seen them go through many trials, tribulations and triumphs in their […]

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