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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Jimi Hendrix

There are two times in history,
Before Hendrix and after.
In a time of dull conformity,
Jimi came and set us free:
Banishing the black and grey,
The discipline that overstayed
World War Two's necessity.
He blew the war's cobwebs away,
Restored the colours we had lost,
In a glowing rock glasnost;
Helped us articulate our dreams,
Reduced the flow of silent screams.

I still remember Hendrix performing 'Purple Haze' on Top of the Pops. I don't know how the posh Southerners reacted to him, but in the West of Scotland we were gob-smacked.

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