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Burdon and Hendrix February 18, 2008 8:54 PM

Jimi Hendrix was originally discovered and managed until his death by Chas Chandler who was Eric Burdon's original Bass player In the Animals. Eric was very tight with Jimi, In fact he was with him the night he died. Famous people have called Eric Burdon the best blues singer to ever come out of England. I am very honored to know Eric and to build all of Dean Restum's Guitars. These Guys are still on the road and laying down some of the best Rock Blues Music you will ever hear. If they come to your town you would be a fool not to catch Eric Burdon & The New Animals. -Dean Restum.  [ send green star]
 February 18, 2008 9:06 PM

Jimi, Eric, Noel

The day after Hendrix died, his friend Eric Burdon disturbed many people by some comments he made during the BBC’s 24 Hours current affairs show. “Jimi made his exit when he wanted to,” Burdon told veteran interviewer Kenneth Allsop, “His death was deliberate. He was happy dying and he used the drug to phase himself out of this life and go someplace else.” I watched that interview, and Burdon’s words have tantalized me ever since. Burdon would later curse himself for “being stupid enough to speak publicly about the death of friend,” which is not to say that his original comments are devoid of truth. In the interview, Burdon made much of the elegy which Hendrix wrote the night before his death, and, just two weeks before he died, Hendrix himself told a Danish journalist that he didn’t think he would live to see twenty-eight. This same journalist cites Hendrix as telling her that he’d been dead for a long time and had been resurrected in a new musical body.

It is possible, therefore, that in the last year of his life Hendrix reached a stage of mystical awareness, which not even his closest friends could understand. The one friend who might have understood this was Brian Jones, who’d died the previous year. It may well be that all of Hendrix’ elaborate plans for his musical future were for a future in a different plane of existence; that the Wagner he would hear would, indeed, herald his entry into Valhalla! And perhaps he realized that he’d already done enough to establish his immortality in this plane. If so, he was right.

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 February 18, 2008 9:09 PM

Jimi and Eric On Sept. 18, 1970, Monika Dannemann, a German groupie who was Hendrix's sometime love, woke beside his dead body. Before she took her own life in 1996, Dannemann told many versions of Hendrix's last days (all of them slanted to increase her own importance). By age 27 Jimi Hendrix's drug and alcohol intake was enormous, but his death was accidental. Hendrix was an insomniac as well as a borderline addict. While Dannemann was passed out, Hendrix swallowed some of her sleeping tablets without realizing they were an extra strong prescription brand. He vommited and choked to death in his sleep. Dannemann then called Eric Burdon, lead singer of the Animals, and together they cleared the room of illegal drugs. Dannemann certainly called an ambulance, but her later claim that she held Hendrix's hand in the ambulance is false. Cross writes, "The emergency workers found Jimi alone in the room; neither Monika nor anyone else was present." The sad truth is that Jimi Hendrix died purposelessly and, in the end, alone.

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington is a freelance writer based in Charleston, S.C.  [ send green star]
 February 18, 2008 9:18 PM


Link to this page BURDON CLAIMS HENDRIX'S '70 DRUG DEATH WAS A SUICIDE. Byline: Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith Did Jimi Hendrix take his own life? He did indeed, if we are to believe Hendrix's close friend and fellow '60s rock icon Eric Burdon - though the cause of the legendary guitarist's death, 28 years ago next month, was officially listed as accidental asphyxiation following barbiturate 1. A salt or ester of barbituric acid. 2. Any of a group of barbituric acid derivatives that act as central nervous system depressants and are used as sedatives or hypnotics. intoxication. Burdon was the first to discover the final thing Hendrix wrote - a poem found beside the bed he died in. In Burdon's forthcoming memoir, ``House of the Rising Sun,'' he insists the poem is proof Hendrix was suicidal. ``If I were a detective, and I walked into a room where there's a body on the bed and a note on the floor which says, `Hello, Goodbye, until we meet again,' I don't think I'd have any question about what happened,'' says Burdon, who is penning the book with screenwriter/journalist Jeff Craig. ``He was clearly depressed the last few times I saw him,'' he recalls. Burdon, who shared the stage with Hendrix two days before his death and rushed to his London flat after Hendrix's girlfriend phoned in a panic saying Jimi was unconscious and nonresponsive. In his view, a corrupt manager robbed Hendrix not only of his money but his dreams for the future.  [ send green star]

 February 18, 2008 9:21 PM

That note Eric found:

        I wish not to be alone,
        So I must respect my other heart.
        Oh, the story of Jesus is the story
        Of you and me.
        No use in feeling lonely,
        I am sending you to be free.
        The story of life is quicker
        Than the wink of an eye
        The story of love is hello and goodbye
        Until we meet again.

These are the last lines of a song called The Story of Life, which Jimi Hendrix wrote on the eve of his death. Eric was too upset at the time of his friend's death to realize that the suicide note was indeed a song... a final song.

Was Jimi's death a Suicide? More investigation has to be made.
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 February 18, 2008 9:37 PM

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