Where Did Jimi Hendrix Get His Inspiration?
Jimi’s Casually Rocking The Isle of Wight Festival
There was a total of three consecutive music festivals in the Isle of Wight which happened from 1968 to 1970 The last one was held at the Afton Down and began on August 26 and ended on the 31st. At that time, it was the largest musical festival since it had more attendance than Woodstock. The rough estimation was about 700,000 and enlisted Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Chicago to name a few.
Jimi performed on August 30 and he played with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox. Though there were some technical difficulties, Jimi still gave a memorable performance. He was donned in a colorful garment while he carried his black and white fender stratocaster.
While it is evident there are technical problems with Jimi’s amplification, pedals, and guitars (mostly going out of tune) his voice, phrasing, and guitar playing are exceptional, soul-stirring.
He had an electrifying stage presence and his guitar solos were intense and the crowd just loved it! And in this particular clip, he was asked how he gets his inspiration. As a reply, Jimi said: “I get my inspiration from the people.”
Jimi plays soft, raw, loud, and seems to move in the direction of the sound he is trying to create. At times, it appears to be a struggle and there is tension in his playing. Then the rhythm changes and the trio synthesize again to paint a different musical landscape.
That would’ve been such a treat to his fans!