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'I was so cocksure with Jimi': How rock photography pioneer Gered Mankowitz captured Hendrix and the cream of the 1960s

Gered Mankowitz wasn't yet 21 when his pictures captured London's groovers at their hippest. As the portraitist prepares to put his Hendrix archive on show, Nick Coleman meets the man who invented rock photography

Hats off to the ones who wear 'em well

Foreign Secretary William Hague has come in for a lot of stick for yet another hat-related fashion faux-pas.

Simon Calder: A Jimi Hendrix experience on the Isle of Wight

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Hendrix in Britain <em>and</em> Handel's house

By all accounts iconic ‘70s rock star Jimi Hendrix and eighteenth century classical composer George Frideric Handel, are pretty dissimilar. But there is a surprising connection between the musical pair: they lived at the same address in Mayfair, London, albeit 209 years apart.

The Standells reminisce about Good Guys and Jimi Hendrix's guitar as they prepare for first UK gig

There's a reason we're all dressed in black," says keyboardist Larry Tamblyn as he launches into the classic garage-rock riff of "Good Guys Don't Wear White". Cult US Sixties proto-punks the Standells are, 40 years after they split, tearing up their very first gig in the UK, at London retro night Le Beat Bespoké.

Baroque 'n' roll: Jimi hendrix and the Handel connection

Forty years after the guitarist's death, a new exhibition reveals how he found unlikely inspiration in the life and works of England's master composer. Jonathan Brown reports

Pierre Perrone: A marketable mystique that the living can't match

The music industry, and especially the four major labels, have made a significant shift, and one emblematised by Sony's deal with the Michael Jackson estate: from a model predicated on signing new talent, with all the attendant pitfalls and shortfalls that entails, to one where the real money is made maximising revenue from tried and tested acts by selling their work to an older demographic that buys CDs at the supermarket.

Album: Jimi Hendrix, Valleys Of Neptune (Sony/Experience Hendrix)

Valleys Of Neptune is the opening salvo of what we're promised is a "monumental" 2010 Hendrix Catalogue Project, involving various CD/DVD reissues of the original studio albums and, doubtless, several more ransackings of the tape vaults like this.

Album: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live 1967/68, Paris/Ottawa (Experience Hendrix/Universal)

There are apparently more than 120 different concert recordings of Jimi Hendrix circulating among collectors, of which the "official bootleg" label Dagger Records has issued around a dozen over the last decade, including the 1968 show at Paris Olympia which, bolstered with three tracks from a Canadian show of that year, is the centrepiece of this set. It's reissued as part of a box set alongside a coloured-vinyl record containing seven tracks from the previous year's Paris show, the package bulked out with T-shirt, web-access goodies and sundry ephemera. Despite the tape hiss and equipment problems, the guitarist's genius shines through, his superb solo on the 1967 "Red House" demonstrating how he was already supernaturally at one with the developing technology. For Paris 1968, he offered his own revolutionary blues programme, opening with "Killing Floor" and a "Catfish Blues" featuring flourishes that he would later employ on "Voodoo Chile", before sowing the seed-corn of heavy metal with the brutal sonic sexuality of "Foxy Lady". It's a fraught gig – constant re-tuning, a bust snaredrum skin – but it all comes good for the outstanding climactic versions of "Little Wing" and "Purple Haze".

Story of the song: Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

Like those other emblems of Sixties pop, "Yesterday" and "Satisfaction", "Purple Haze" was nurtured during sleep. Jimi Hendrix awoke after dreaming that he was "walking under the sea".

Video: Top 20 guitar riffs of all time

A new poll has named the top 20 guitar riffs of all time — the timeless classics that rock star wannabes practice in front of the bedroom mirror with a tennis racquet when nobody else is around.



Album: James Blood Ulmer, In and Out (In And Out Records)

Almost 30 years since his unlikely post-punk semi-hit Are You Glad to Be in America?, guitarist/ vocalist Ulmer sounds like an even bluesier version of his former self, oddly accented rhythmic flurries poised somewhere between Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix.

Ginger Baker: Drum cat who got the Cream

Even if you missed growing up in the 1960s, you're bound to have heard Ginger Baker's explosive drumming with the rock bands Cream and Blind Faith. In both beat combos, Baker was an amazing sight.

Album: Lethal Bizzle, Go Hard (Search & Destroy)

In 2004 Mobo award- winning MC Lethal Bizzle's single "Pow" was so loved it was banned at raves due to the chaos it created.

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