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Monday July 21



88 Early Jimi Hendrix Recording To Be Released

(BM) More rare Jimi Hendrix recordings will be released over the next three years. We were sent these details: Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced that they have acquired the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & The Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967. They announced that they plan on releasing these historic recordings--properly mixed, mastered and annotated--in definitive new editions, curated and remastered under the direction of Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's long-time sound engineer) over the next three years. The total buyout of these master recordings places a historic exclamation point following decades of litigation between Jimi Hendrix, Ed Chalpin and PPX Enterprises. All 88 tracks recorded by Chalpin and PPX from 1965-1967 are finally under complete ownership and control of Experience Hendrix LLC. In the early 1960s, before launching a solo career that continues to influence pop, rock and soul music, Jimi Hendrix was a little known sideman, working for short periods with a variety of artists including the Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and the Harlem-based R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires. Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer who founded PPX International, Inc, in 1960; PPX specialized in providing backing tracks for movies, TV shows, trailers and commercials, working with a variety of artists, producers, directors, music supervisors, record companies, and production companies. During his tenure as a guitarist for the Squires, Curtis Knight introduced Hendrix to Chalpin. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin inked a notorious three-year recording contract--for $1.00 and a 1% royalty--with Jimi (then "Jimmy") Hendrix and Curtis Knight & The Squires that would prove endlessly problematic, once the guitarist hit big with his own group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1967. Knight's single releases featuring Hendrix as a sideman did not enjoy commercial success and the guitarist relocated to Greenwich Village where he formed Jimmy James & The Blue Flames in 1966. Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Hendrix performing at the Café Wha? as Jimmy James that summer and offered to take him to London.

Read more: Monday July 21

Friday July 18



Eric Clapton Ready For Retirement

(Classic Rock) Eric Clapton is considering retirement after making one more album, he's revealed. Slowhand has been speaking about ending his career for some time now, and recently announced to fans in Japan they'd seen him for the last time. Now he tells Rolling Stone: "I think this could be it. I don't want to work that hard any more. I was planning to write and record another record, so that's the next thing I would do. "Next year I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it - I'm off.' Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."

Read more: Friday July 18

Thursday July 17



Johnny Winter Dead At 70

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died on Wednesday (July 16, 2004) in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, confirms his representative Carla Parisi of Kid Logic Media. He was 70. Reports of Winter's death surfaced on Wednesday night with American Blues Scene reporting that that several independent sources close to Winter confirmed his passing. The wife of Winter's collaborator Rick Derringer, Jenda Derringer, also reported his passing on her Facebook page: "We were just told by a reliable source that Johnny has passed." She later added, "He passes early this morning in Zurich, Switzerland." When asked how it happened, she said, "That I do not know, but he was not in good health and was very frail and weak." Kid Logic Media confirmed the news early Thursday morning. They sent over the following message, "Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time." Classic Rock reports that Winter was due to release his 19th studio album "Step Back" in September. Winter - elder brother of Edgar - was born in the Mississippi delta and started out playing alongside Muddy Waters, B.B. King and others in his teens. Following the launch of 1968 debut album The Progressive Blues Experiment he signed to Columbia for the largest advance ever paid.

Read more: Thursday July 17

Wednesday July 16



Fan's Brain Injury Not Motorhead's Problem

(Classic Rock) Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has no sympathy for the fan who ended up with bleeding on the brain from allegedly headbanging at one of the band's concerts. The guitarist took a less compassionate view than his bandmate Mikkey Dee, who last week said he hoped the 50-year-old German fan was okay. The man was treated at Hannover Medical School in Germany after complaining of a constant headache in the weeks after attending the gig. It was discovered he had developed a subdural hematoma on his brain which doctors linked to headbanging. But Campbell insists that if fans overdo it in the moshpit, they have no one to blame but themselves. He tells TeamRock Radio: "I read it in the paper. That's just journalistic crap. It's nothing to do with Ace Of Spades or music. We don't have a problem with anyone. We just do our own thing. "If people get into trouble while we're playing, that's their problem. It's a bad thing, but we don't try to get people to get into trouble or whatever."

Read more: Wednesday July 16

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