Jimi & the U.S. Army

hendrixarmyJames Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix is another artist whose dedication to his art—and resistance to authority—show up clearly in his military file.

Hendrix enlisted in the Army in May 1961, at the age of 18. Under the heading “Avocations and Sports,” his Enlisted Qualification Record states, “Plays Guitar (3 yrs).” Both creativity and nonconformity are revealed by other enlistment documents, such as a security questionnaire on which Hendrix takes a novel approach to filling in check boxes.

Hendrix’s interest in guitar seems to have taken precedence over any commitment to military service. “Pvt Hendrix plays a musical instrument during his off duty hours, or so he says,” declares one Sgt. Louis Hoekstra. “This is one of his faults, because his mind apparently cannot function while performing duties and thinking about his guitar.” A training record from July 1961 shows Hendrix at the bottom of the heap in marksmanship—ranked 36th out of a group of 36. While he may have been right on the mark with a guitar, with a rifle he was not even close.

In a request that Hendrix be subjected to physical and psychiatric examination, a Capt. Gilbert Batchman asserts, “Individual is unable to conform to military rules and regulations. Misses bed check; sleeps while supposed to be working; unsatisfactory duty performance. Requires excessive supervision at all times.” A May 1962 document recommending that Hendrix be discharged from service states tersely, “No known good characteristics.”

Within a few years, Hendrix would be hailed as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time.

(thanks to dr.Wu for sending it in)

Music for Gaza & Steely DAM


Taken from http://musicforgazainternational.blogspot.com

Welcome to the international weblog of Music For Gaza, a project of composer-musician Merlijn Twaalfhoven. We’re very busy preparing the 4th edition of the Music For Gaza project, a CD-exchange event and benefit concert. This time in the south of the Netherlands, the city of Heerlen.

Cultural Cafe De Nor will be hosting our project. In collaboration with the Center for Diversity and the Peace Agency Heerlen we’ll give it our best shot to turn May 3 into a memorable day. We have 2 months to organize the event, so exciting times lie ahead!

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And when looking for rappers and musicians with an Arab or Israeli trademark, we stumbled upon Sagol 59. And somehow, even if we’re all focused on Gaza, we end up back where we once started out. Because who does this Sagol 59 list among his influences…?

Ice Cube, Kool G. Rap, Too Short, Ras Kass, Johnny Cash, EPMD, Rakim, Organized Konfusion, Public Enemy, John Lee Hooker, Lord Finesse, Big L, Scarface, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Ramones, Pere Ubu, Big Daddy Kane, Allman Brothers, Akinyele, Steely Dan, Woody Guthrie, A Tribe Called Quest, Jonathan Richman, Devin The Dude…

Sagol has received much critical praise for his numerous groundbreaking collaborations with both Israeli and international artists, particularly “Summit Meeting” (feat. Tamer Nafar of Palestinian crew DAM & Shaanan Streett of Hadag Nachash), the first-ever collaborative recording featuring both Israeli and Arab MCs. He regularly hosts the Corner Prophets/Old Jeruz Cipher Hip Hop series, a cultural initiative meant to unite the diverse cultural communities located in Jerusalem through a shared interest in hip-hop. By working with Corner Prophets, Sagol’s goal is to inspire a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians that turn to art—not violence—as a means to find a common ground.

Walter Becker, dub your heart out :-)