Saturday, August 13, 2005

Hendrix Kicked Out of Army for Soloing?

My musically astute friend Kent B. directs us to Jimi Hendrix' Army records, obtained from the Military Personnel Center by The Smoking Gun.

Prior to revolutionizing rock guitar, Hendrix was drummed out of the Army in 1961 at age 19 amid poor performance evaluations from his superiors. Capt. Gilbert Bachman said Hendrix slept on the job, didn't follow rules and was once "apprehended masturbating" in the latrine at Fort Campbell, Kentucky by a suspicious fellow soldier who thought he was sleeping in the stall.

Hendrix paid homage to this fateful life event at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival.

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