Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Who knew? Jimi Hendrix & Philip Jose Farmer

Ed here: Thanks to my friend (and fine writer) Tracy Knight I was able to talk to Philip Jose Farmer and correspond with him. I'd been reading him since I was thirteen. He was and remains one of my heroes. And as a Jimi Hendrix fan I'm glad to see they connected intellectually if in no other way. This is from Galleycat..


Jimi Hendrix and His Science Fiction Bookshelf

By Jason Boog on Sep 08, 2010 02:23 PM

Most people don't remember anymore, but rock legend Jimi Hendrix was a science fiction book junkie. We caught up with one the guitarist's biographers to find out more about his science fiction bookshelf.

In the new book, Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius, authors Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber take a deeper look at the guitarist.

According to Schreiber, Philip Jose Farmer's Night of Light had a big influence on Hendrix. "Night of Light was a science fiction book that in 1966 inspired Jimi to eventually write 'Purple Haze.' Farmer's story had to do with sunspots having a disorienting effect on a distant planet's population. Jimi wrote pages and pages of lyrics for 'Purple Haze,' originally an epic tale of the history of warfare for the control of the planet Neptune," he explained.

He added: "Producer Kim Fowley told us that when he met Jimi early in 1967 in the UK, Jimi had a trunk of books, all science fiction."

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