Jimi Hendrix

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Even With Few Tunes, Jimi Hendrix Biopic Works

Critics praise Andre 3000 of Outkast in 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

(Newser) - Writer and director John Ridley takes audiences back to 1966 and '67, before Jimi Hendrix was a rock god, in Jimi: All Is by My Side. The new flick starring Outkast's Andre 3000, also known as Andre Benjamin, has been called "fascinating," yet also downright weird.... More »

20 Iconic Songs That Are Actually Covers

Cyndi Lauper didn't come up with the idea that girls just want to have fun

(Newser) - Next time you find yourself belting along to Cyndi Lauper singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or Joan Jett singing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," know this: Cyndi and Joan didn't originate those songs, they just made them famous. Huffington Post rounds up 20 hit... More »

After 43 Years, a New Hendrix Album

'People, Hell & Angels' out tomorrow

(Newser) - More than four decades after Jimi Hendrix's 1970 death, the guitar icon is releasing a new album tomorrow. People, Hell & Angels includes 12 previously unreleased tracks the rocker completed in the studio between 1968 and 1970, the Raw Story reports. The recordings "encompass a variety of unique... More »

Hendrix Voted Greatest Guitarist Ever

Rolling Stone panel puts legendary axeman at top of best 100 list

(Newser) - Rolling Stone assembled a team of top guitarists and industry experts to vote on the greatest 100 guitarists of all time and few will be surprised to find '60s legend Jimi Hendrix topping the list. Eric Clapton came second and Jimmy Page third, with Keith Richards and Jeff Beck... More »

NYC's Storied Chelsea Hotel Closes Doors

Guests barred in landmark that once housed legends like Dylan and Hendrix

(Newser) - It looks as though rock and roll could lose one of its most storied landmarks. The Chelsea Hotel in New York City will be closed to guests for an indefinite period of time, reports the New York Times . A developer is set to spend $80 million on the dingy throwback... More »

LSD King Owsley Stanley Dead at 76

Counterculture pioneer takes final trip

(Newser) - Owsley Stanley, LSD cook, sound engineer, sculptor, and one of the most influential figures in '60s counterculture, has been killed in a car accident in Australia at the age of 76. Nicknamed "Bear," Stanley manufactured millions of doses of high quality "Owsley Acid" at his San Francisco... More »

Jimi Hendrix Flat Opened to Public

London's Handel museum puts on Hendrix exhibition

(Newser) - The London flat Jimi Hendrix called home for the last year of his life is being opened to the public next month for the first time since the rock legend's death 40 years ago. A museum next door devoted to George Handel—who would have been Hendrix's neighbor if he'd... More »

11 Surprising One-Hit Wonders

We all love Norah Jones, but she's still on this list

(Newser) - You would never guess, but Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hit wonder. Yep, the definition of the term is “an artist or band who only has one song make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,” regardless of album sales or performance on other charts,... More »

Rock Photog Jim Marshall Dies at 74

Captured Hendrix, Dylan, Joplin, many more

(Newser) - Jim Marshall, whose iconic photography captured many of the stars of rock and roll’s 1960s heyday, died in his sleep last night at 74, Rolling Stone reports; cause of death is still unknown. Marshall shot everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis to the Beatles, Janis Joplin... More »

New Hendrix Disc the Real Deal

Don't expect new musical frontiers, but the Experience still sounds great

(Newser) - At long last, the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s music have been settled, and tomorrow we’re getting our first blast of never-before-heard psychedelic rock with Valleys of Neptune. Does it satisfy? The critics weigh in:
  • Most posthumous Hendrix releases have been “exploitive scraps,” writes Greg Kot of
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Highest Earning Dead Celebs

Michael Jackson, predictably, made the list—but not at No. 1

(Newser) - The stars on Forbes ' annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities number, appropriately, 13. To make the list, a "deleb" must have brought in at least $6 million in the past year. This year's list is notably missing former mainstays Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Steve McQueen, and... More »

Got $40K? Own Madonna's Naughty Messages

Erotic messages go up for auction with other rock memorabilia

(Newser) - One way to make a quick buck: Sell erotic phone messages Madonna left on your answering machine. That’s what former bodyguard-turned-boyfriend Jim Albright is doing, the New York Daily News reports, and the 17 minutes of recordings are expected to fetch $40,000. Also up for grabs: A 15-minute... More »

The Best Rock Frontmen

(Newser) - Frontmen are at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll—no matter how amazing the musicians in the band are, they still needs someone with the right mix of talent and charisma to reach the crowd. The Independent compiles the best:
  1. Johnny Rotten, Sex Pistols. Like so many other rockers,
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Hendrix 'Murdered by Manager'

(Newser) - Jimi Hendrix's manager murdered the legendary rocker to cash in on a $2 million life insurance policy, an aide reveals in a new book. Hendrix was "worth more dead to him than alive," according to roadie James Wright. Wright said manager Michael Jeffrey confessed to him that he... More »

Oscar for Ledger? You Must Be High

'Pretty good actor who did away with himself' doesn't deserve award

(Newser) - It’s time to put an end to the inane campaign to give Heath Ledger an Oscar for The Dark Knight, writes Eric Lucas in the LA Times. Ledger’s much-fawned-over performance “ultimately devolves into a can-can dance of snuffling pseudo-psychopathia,” Lucas writes. “It has all the... More »

Rolling Stone's Top Guitar Classics

The greatest riffs, from Bill Haley to Metallica

(Newser) - There are those tunes driven by the rhythm section, but nothing lights a fire in the blood quite like the power of the perfect guitar riff. Thus, Rolling Stone suggests its favorite guitar anthems, hitting all stops between BB King and King Crimson. The top five:
  1. Johnny B. Goode: Chuck
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Smells Like Teen Nostalgia

As baby boomer baubles grow less desirable, collectors turn to Nirvana, G N' R

(Newser) - Grunge is passé, but the market for its collectibles isn’t, reports Portfolio. Nostalgia plays a big role in determining what's hot, and prices on items of baby boomer vintage, even from the likes of the Fab Four, are starting to drop. Meanwhile, the demand for Gen X artifacts—skateboards,... More »

See Jimi Get Experienced for $39.95

Guitar hero is intimate with two foxy ladies on disputed sex tape

(Newser) - Eleven minutes of footage showing a man having sex with two women have been packaged into a 45-minute Jimi Hendrix experience by a porn company notorious for releasing tapes of exposed celebrities. Whether it's actually the 1960s guitar hero is contested: Vivid Entertainment relies on private detectives and Hendrix acquaintances—... More »

Pacino, Ono Push for Dead Celeb Bill

NY law would bar unauthorized bobble heads for 70 years

(Newser) - Actor Al Pacino and Yoko Ono are lobbying the New York legislature to make it a misdemeanor to merchandise unauthorized images of dead celebrities for up to 70 years after their death. The use of sound recordings, or faces and names on anything from T-shirts to bobble heads would require... More »

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