Mick Jagger on Why Jimi Hendrix Went ‘Off the Deep End’

by Jeremy Spirogis
A signed picture of Jimi Hendrix smiling

Sadly, Jimi Hendrix died younger from a drug overdose — and Mick Jagger has a idea as to why Hendrix went “off the deep end.” Jagger had a powerful response to Hendrix when he first noticed him carry out. In addition, Keith Richards had an attention-grabbing tackle Hendrix’s musical legacy — and why he nearly ruined the guitar.

A signed picture of Jimi Hendrix smiling
A signed photograph of Jimi Hendrix | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and ‘the same old story’

First, a little bit background. Hendrix was a legendary guitarist who, throughout his lifetime, was most recognized for his hit “Purple Haze.” Hendrix died in 1970, changing into a quintessential member of the so-called “27 Club” of musicians who died on the age of 27.

When Jagger noticed Hendrix carry out for the primary time, it was “exciting, sexy, [and] interesting.” While Jagger wasn’t a fan of Hendrix as a vocalist, he thought he was a fantastic guitarist. Jagger appreciated the fusion of blues music and English rock music in Hendrix’s oeuvre. 

But what did Jagger consider Hendrix as an individual? “He was a really sweet guy,” Jagger instructed Rolling Stone. “A bit confused. It’s the identical outdated story: Jimi Hendrix performed everywhere with all these bands. He’d been a background guitar participant for donkey years. 

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“Purple Haze”

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“And suddenly he gets what he wants, then has to play ‘Purple Haze’ every night,” Jagger continued. “He goes, ‘Uh, I don’t need to play “Purple Haze” each evening. I don’t need to burn the guitar.’ And then when everybody went off the deep finish, he needed to go off the deep finish. He turned a heroin addict.” In different phrases, Jagger mentioned Hendrix succumbed to his private demons as a result of he bought sick of his job.

Why did Jimi Hendrix die?

Hendrix sadly did go “off the deep end,” culminating in his premature dying. However, did heroin play a task in Hendrix’s dying? According to Rolling Stone, the coroner’s report states Hendrix died as a result of he inhaled his personal vomit after he bought excessive on barbiturates. 

In distinction, Ultimate Classic Rock studies Hendrix’s friend, Meic Stevens, says pink wine performed a significant function in his dying. Specifically, Stevens remembers Hendrix mixing pink wine with lager the evening he died. According to Stevens, Hendrix by no means drank pink wine earlier than and didn’t know how one can drink it correctly. Neither of those explanations for Hendrix’s dying contain heroin.

Jimi Hendrix holding his guitar above his headJimi Hendrix holding his guitar above his head
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Keith Richards on how Jimi Hendrix nearly ‘ruined’ the guitar

Like his fellow Rolling Stone Jagger, Keith Richards had fairly a bit to say about Hendrix. While Jagger centered on Hendrix’s private demons within the aforementioned Rolling Stone interview, Richards centered on Hendrix’s musical prowess. Interestingly, Richards felt Hendrix nearly “ruined” the guitar as an instrument — in a great way.

“Jimi Hendrix, bless his heart … almost inadvertently ruined [the] guitar,” Richards instructed The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Because he was the only cat who could do it like that. Everybody else just screwed it up, and thought wailing away [on the guitar] is the answer. But it ain’t; you’ve got to be a Jimi to do that, you’ve got to be one of the special cats.”

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