Watch Jimi Hendrix’s Last Interview in New Animated Video
In the six-minute clip, which you can watch above, the guitar legend talks to writer Keith Altham about his ideal living arrangement, his decision to tone down his image and most importantly, his music. Hendrix laughs when told that he's considered to be the inventor of psychedelic music. "A mad scientist approach," he begins, as he strikes a match. "But the way I write things, I just write them with a clash between reality and fantasy, mostly. You have to use fantasy to show different sides of reality – that's how it can bend. As a word, 'reality' is nothing but each individual's own way of thinking, and then the establishment grabs a big piece of that."
But he rejects the notion that his music is a rage against the establishment. "It's nothing but the blues," he says. "That's all I'm singing about -- today's blues."
The interview took place on Sept. 11, 1970. Hendrix died a week later, on Sept. 18, in his girlfriend's London apartment after overdosing on barbiturates and choking on his vomit.
The Blank on Blank series features animated versions of interviews of some of the 20th century's most creative minds. Other videos include chats with David Bowie, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, Ray Charles and Lou Reed. Check out those and many others at their website.
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