Memorial Day Special – Remembering Hendrix: ‘The Jimi You Never Knew’

The world of alternative and indie rock would not be the same today if Jimi Hendrix had never broken through in the U.S. at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. His career only lasted a few years, but changed the face of rock music forever before his sudden death in 1970 at the age of 27.

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More than 40 years after ‘s death, the guitarist and singer’s legacy continues to grow. Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released People, Hell and Angels this past March, an album of 12 previously unreleased recordings that Hendrix was working on for a planned follow-up to 1968’s epic Electric Ladyland.


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People, Hell & Angels, showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive audience that had established the Experience as rock’s largest grossing concert act and simultaneously placed two of his albums in the US Top 10 sales chart, Jimi was busy working behind the scenes to craft his next musical statement.

These twelve recordings encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles incorporating many of the elements—horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar—Jimi wanted to incorporate within his new music. People, Hell & Angels, presents some of the finest Jimi Hendrix guitar work ever issued and provides a compelling window into his growth as a songwriter, musician and producer.

In this two-hour Memorial Day radio special, The Jimi You Never Knew, World Café host David Dye showcases new Hendrix music that has surfaced over the past few years. Featuring interviews with Hendrix’s sister Janie, engineer Eddie Kramer, bass player Billy Cox, and other musicians including Steve Winwood (Blind Faith, Spencer Davis Group), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Taj Mahal, Angela Davis, and Bootsy Collins (Parliament/Funkadelic), this special delves deeply into the legend of one of rock’s most influential stars.

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