A TRIBUTE TO JIMI HENDRIX – 70 YEARS ETERNAL TODAY!
James Marshall Hendrix – November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970
Hendrix’ age would have been seventy today.
I was foot-cruising down on Main Street in Venice in the spring of ’98 and outside a bar at the south end of the strip a homeless dude a bit older than me was sitting on the pavement working away on a large drawing.
I wanted to acknowledge a fellow artist’s work so I asked to see it, he turned it around and there was this really nice pencil drawing of Hendrix, I immediately asked him if he would like to sell it and he said yes. I was making very decent money back then so I offered him a very decent price and after we agreed he told me that he wasn’t completely finished and could I come back in about 20 minutes; I said sure and knew right then that whatever this man’s life was about, he had the talent and background of an artist – and the curse of a true artist’s dilemma, “When is a piece of art finished?” Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned” and in this case he would abandon it to me in 20 minutes.
I cruised back on time and he had finished, signed and dated it. He drew it in pencil on the back of a 14” by 20” cardboard advertisement for the L.A. Weekly newspaper – I loved it and it’s always been very special to me.
So to celebrate the birthday of Jimi Hendrix I wanted to share this original hand drawing of Jimi by the artist who drew it, William Davis and the procurer 00individual, who along with all the other millions of Hendrix fans planet-wide wish Jimi a very Happy Birthday!
Hendrix will outlive us all; he’s Immortal!
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Today also marks:
the debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Bag O’ Nails Club in London 1966!
the six month anniversary of this site – thanks to all who visIted!
the birthday of a longtime friend, TFS!
the attendance of this site is equal to “filling” the San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
(a haven for rock concerts in the mid-’60s to the mid-’70s) with a capacity of 10,000!
the Swing Auditorium was destroyed when on September 11, 1981 a plane crashed into the building demolishing it beyond repair!
(Kinda creepy, spooky.)
Also for a treat:
PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS HENDRIX STREET ARTIST – DENNIS DENT – AMAZING!