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Meeting the ghost of Jimi Hendrix

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17.01.2018

The past and the present are inexplicably interlinked, yet we often forget how closely.

I had been thinking of writing a particular musical for some time – oh, perhaps twenty years; like many things it seemed to fit nicely on the back-burner. I had a good idea of its shape, scope, cast of characters, and theme but couldn’t quite figure how to begin.

Then I got the call. Stewart Lerman, a producer friend, had left a package for me at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village - could I pick it up as soon as possible?

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Electric Lady Studios exterior. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Electric Lady Studios exterior. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nothing like a bit of a stroll on a winter's day, particularly to the recording studio built by Jimi Hendrix!

It was always a magical place but never more so than when Pierce Turner and I recorded there back in the 1970’s. The song was called “Neck and Neck (in the race of life)” and I hummed it as I set out on my journey up to 8th Street.

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I remembered little of the nuances of the session, but for the first time one of our songs sounded as good on tape as it did in our heads.

I vividly recalled the psychedelic mural that Hendrix had commissioned for a corridor wall. Years ago I’d heard that a new........

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