Rock icon Jimi Hendrix's early recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires is set for a proper release after years of legal roadblocks. The 88 studio recordings Hendrix made as a session guitarist for the R&B group between 1965 and 1967 finally belong to his family's music company, Experience Hendrix LLC.
The deal marks the end of the long battle the Hendrix estate had with music producer Ed Chalpin, who originally recorded the tracks.
Chalpin initially signed Hendrix and Knight to a three-year contract with his company PPX International for just $1 and a one per cent royalty rate.
Just before Hendrix went out to pursue a solo career, his manager Chas Chandler bought out every contract Hendrix had previously signed, with the exception of PPX.
After Hendrix became a success, Chalpin and PPX released a number of Knight's records to make it look like Hendrix was a key member of the band.
In 2001, executives at Experience Hendrix LLC won a lawsuit over Chalpin and PPX, enforcing a 1973 consent decree to limit the producer's rights in Hendrix records to 33 masters. In 2006, Experience Hendrix LLC bosses also secured a court order against Chalpin.
Now, the musician's tracks with Knight will be remastered and issued over the next three years through Sony Music's catalogue division, Legacy Recordings.
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Legendary blues rocker Johnny Winter has died, aged 70.
The veteran musician passed away in Zurich, Switzerland, according to Blabbermouth.net, but no more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx was among the first to pay tribute to the star, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "So bummed to hear about Johnny Winters (sic) passing. I spend (sic) many many years soaking up his music late into the night. #Original #TheBlues."
Winter began his music career as a teenager, landing a record deal at the age of 15 with his band Johnny & the Jammers, and he later released his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. He became a big success with his second record, Johnny Winter, in 1969 and was among the performers at the iconic Woodstock music festival that year.
He continued to enjoy success in the 1970s, and turned to production, heading into the studio with Muddy Waters. Three of the albums they worked on together won Grammy Awards. Winters also received a number of Grammy nominations for his own records, but failed to win.
He is believed to have performed with Jimi Hendrix in a number of jam sessions which became unofficial bootleg recordings after they were stolen from the guitar legend's home after his death.
In later years, Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
Winter's death comes just weeks before he was due to release a new album, Step Back, which features stars including Eric Clapton, ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
The record is slated to hit shelves in September (14).
New Zealand music producer Peter Dawkins has died following a fall at his home in Australia. The 68 year old, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Friday (04Jul14) due to injuries he sustained in an accident at his home in the Blue Mountains.
Dawkins started his career as a drummer in bands such as Me And The Others, and The New Nadir, touring in Europe in the 1960s and performing with guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in London.
He later moved behind-the-scenes in the music industry and is best known for his stellar career Down Under, producing 20 number one hits and more than 50 albums which achieved chart success.
He produced music for acts including Spectrum, Dragon, John Farnham, Australian Crawl, Ross Ryan, Air Supply, Slim Dusty and Billy Thorpe, and also started two record labels and opened a studio.
After Dawkins' diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, his friends in the music industry released a tribute album to raise money for his medical care.
Tragic blues icon Janis Joplin is set to be immortalised on a postage stamp thanks to officials at the U.S. Postal Service. The Piece of My Heart singer is the latest addition to the organisation's Music Icons series, which has previously included Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, whose stamp was released in March (14).
Joplin's stamp features a photo of the smiling star, wearing round-rimmed, tinted sunglasses and a feather boa draped over her head from the cover of her 1972 In Concert album.
The stamp will go on sale in August (14).
Joplin died from a drug overdose in 1970.
Music producer Alan Douglas, who worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Duke Ellington, has died at the age of 82. He passed away at his home in Paris, France on 7 June (14) following a fall, according to his daughter, Kirby Veevers.
Douglas worked on Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Three Blind Mice albums and was credited with bringing trumpeter Kenny Dorham into the studio for his 1962 classic, Matador.
He also worked with Ellington on 1962's Money Jungle, which featured bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach, and was known for his other collaborations with guitarist John McLaughlin and the group the Last Poets.
However, the producer, who later established his own Douglas Records label, is perhaps most closely associated with Hendrix, acquiring the rights to produce the rock icon's previously unreleased tracks four years after his death in 1970.
Douglas is frequently credited with helping to keep his legacy alive, but the posthumous Hendrix work on albums like Crash Landing, Midnight Lightning and Voodoo Soup was not without controversy, with some devotees blasting the producer after it was discovered that he would often bring in new session musicians to dub over Hendrix's original band.
Malaysian officials have banned the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1967 album Axis: Bold As Love because they don't like the cover. The album has been available for decades in Southeast Asian nation, but now censorship chiefs have threatened to seize any existing copies and punish dealers importing the release because the cover art features images resembling various forms of Hindu god Lord Vishnu, according to the Malay Mail.
An unnamed official at the Malaysian Home Ministry’s Publication Control and Quranic Text unit tells the publication, "We don’t care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu’s image, then of course we won’t allow it. We’ll definitely take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities, whether it’s Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other."
According to UltimateClassicRock.com, the decision follows controversy at a book fair in March (14), when sales of a poster of the record’s cover art upset a Hindu group.
Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in America, has saluted the Malaysian authorities for banning the artwork, telling WENN, "No faith, large or small, should be ridiculed and the inappropriate use of Hinduism concepts and symbols is not OK.
"The entertainment industry should not be in the business of trivialising Hindu deities, who are meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely on CD covers."
Woodstock organiser Michael Lang is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event with another installment of the legendary music festival.
Lang served as a co-creator of the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in 1969, and also promoted two official follow-up events in 1994 and 1999, as well as a 40th anniversary edition in 2009, and now he is planning another big gig for 2019.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, he says, "I think we're certainly done until the 50th. We're starting to think about it now." Lang reveals he and fellow organisers are already exploring various locations for the event, which was initially held in Bethel, New York, and hosted the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Linkin Park are the latest music act to receive an honour on Hollywood's RockWalk. The rockers will leave their mark outside Los Angeles' Guitar Center during an induction ceremony on 17 June (14) , following in the footsteps of stars including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and KISS.
Frontman Chester Bennington says, "We're honoured to have our music recognised by our peers, but to be added to Guitar Center's RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard, right where we started, is pretty surreal. We're really grateful to be here alongside so many of the artists that inspired us."
Dave Weiderman, chairman of RockWalk, brands the group "innovative and influential," adding, "It is due time they put their hands in some cement."
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We've somehow suffered 40 long years without a single big screen biopic chronicling the life of Jimi Hendrix, so it's only natural that the universe has decided to reward us with two. That's right, the life of the legendary guitar virtuoso is going to be chronicled in two very different films with very different actors in the central role. The first, All Is by My Side, features Outkast's Andre 3000 as Hendrix, while the other, simply titled Jimi, has just cast actor Anthony Mackie as the tragic artist. While both Anthony Mackie and Andre 3000 are both very talented individuals who each bring something unique to the table, we wonder which actor can bring more justice to the role. We've decided to compare the two performers over several categories to decide who will play the definitive version of Hendrix.
Acting AbilityActing ability should really be the category that carries the most weight on this list. These are films, not tribute albums after all, and Makie has proven himself to be a fine dramatic actor over the years. Mackie even has biopic experience, fitting himself quite nicely into the role of Tupac Shakur in Notorious. Andre 3000, on the other hand, is a decent actor with a handful of supporting roles under his belt, but we haven't seen any evidence to show that he can carry a whole film by himself. This one goes to Mackie very easily. It also helps that Jimi Hendrix's vocals were never the biggest draw to his music anyway.Advantage: Anthony Mackie
MusicialityThis one is no contest. Andre 3000 is an actual famous musician. He's one half of the hip-hop duo Outkast, who have been producing some of the most original and genre-bending hip hop for the past 20 years. Besides all that, the actor has actual on stage experience with the electric guitar, Jimi's instrument of choice. Three stacks would likely understand the creative process of being a musician more acutely than Mackie, even if he lacks the acting experience. Mackie could do his best to fake it, but Andre 3000's genuine passion for music would likely be more convincing.Advantage: Andre 3000
LooksFrom a height standpoint, it's a draw, with both men standing at 5'10'' while the real-life Hendrix was 5'11'', but the category slips into Andre's favor once you look at other physical characteristics. Andre has similar head shape and facial features to the late musician, and has even sports the same wiry afro Jimi frequently from time to time. Andre 300 is also pretty slender, which is a match for the lanky rocker. Mackie, on the other hand, is quite muscular, and is likely still shedding some mass from his roles as a murderous body builder in Pain and Gain and a soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to play the artist.Advantage: Andre 3000
PersonalityHendrix is often described by those that knew him as a dreamer, a gentle free spirit who didn't take things to seriously. His personality fits right into the spacey vibes of his music. Similar things could be said about Andre 3000, who's often a bit soft-spoken in interviews. Conversely, Mackie is full of loud, boisterous charisma that doesn't quite mesh with Hendrix's persona. Mackie is an actor that all, and he could tone down his personality for the role, but Andre's temperment is a more natural fit.Advantage: Andre 3000
Captain America's new movie sidekick Anthony Mackie is set to take Andre 3000 on at the box office after re-signing to play Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic about the last nine days of the guitar great's life. Mackie will play the rocker in director Ol Parker's movie Jimi, which has been in the works for several years.
Parker's wife Thandie Newton will appear opposite Anthony and Noomi Rapace, the star of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will portray Hendrix's ex-girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
Anthony was attached to the project when Paul Greengrass was on board to direct, but resistance from the Hendrix estate torpedoed the film.
Outkast star Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, will hit the big screen this summer (14) as the guitar legend in the biopic All Is By My Side.