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How gifting will lay asleep in a boy, waiting for the opportunity to awaken and win the hearts of mankind. As a young boy, Jimi was shy and sensitive, but no one seemed to notice or care.
His mother, when around, would dump him off with friends so she could live the nightlife. When she died, his father stuck whiskey in his hand, and told him basically to get over it. In all this, his gift lived. but Jimi, was dieing on the inside. Maybe we lost him long before he played his last song.
Musicians the world over agree on one thing; Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music. He was born 1942 in Seattle, Washington as Johnny Allen Hendrix, but would at the age of 4, by his father’s desire, become James Marshall Hendrix. As an adult, his name would change one final time to Jimi Hendrix. His father, Al, was stationed in Alabama when Jimi was born, and wouldn’t see his son until he was 3 years of age. While Al was away, Jimi was cared for by different family members and friends, as his mother preferred the nightlife to staying home with her baby. When his father was discharged from the Army, it took him two months to find his son. Jimi was living in California with a family friend, and his mother was nowhere to be found. Eventually Jimi’s parents did reunite, but with alcohol abuse, poverty, and intense violence, it wasn’t a nurturing environment. All total they had five children—three were sent to foster care and eventually surrendered for adoption. Jimi and his younger brother, Leon, were remanded to the care of their father when their parents ultimately divorced. In a 1967 interview, Hendrix explained that the inspiration behind the song Angel was his mother. He had a dream that she was being carried away on a camel amongst a big caravan and she was saying “Well, I won’t be seein’ you too much anymore, you know.” And he said, “Yeah, but where are you goin’?” “I will always remember that...I never did forget...there are some dreams you never forget.” Jimi’s mother died at 33 from cirrhosis of the liver, but his father refused to take the boys to the funeral. Instead, he gave them shots of whiskey and instructed them that this was how men were suppose to deal with loss.
Read the article in its entirety in the April 2015
Bevil newsletter, which accompanies the cover.
First Day of Issue
March 13, 2014
Austin, Texas 78710
First Day of Issue
Here's an issue in which I went to sleep the night before, knowing exactly how I was going to approach it, design and color wise. I knew because just a few months earlier I produced the Janis Joplin issue, and I wanted these two issues to be connected. After all, they both performed at Woodstock. The three portrait boxes at the bottom are painted to mimic a style called loose-cut silkscreen. Pop artist Andy Warhol popularized the technique with his Marilyn Monroe portraits.
Released to collectors April 20, 2015, along with