UNIT - interview [8 November, ManchesterUniversity Students’ Union] The Union Guest Room’ by Steve Barker:
Steve: Is stage work still the most important part of your scene?
Jimi : Well, tonight I was just so frustrated; we just couldn't get it together... People expect you to do this and that, then your guitar gets out of tune and you don't get a chance to play well; I don't like to lay around, I like to play all the time. [...]
Steve:“How big a part do visuals take in your stage work?”
Jimi : “You just do it when you feel like it sometimes. I didn’t feel like leaping about tonight too much. I used to feel I had to do it but not anymore. Man, you’d have a heart attack if you were doing it every night like we were doing two or three months ago. We’d be dead by this time. Anyway, you can’t do it right unless you feel it. Half of the things I do I don’t even know it because I just felt like it at the time. If you have something planned and one little thing goes wrong you think, ‘Oh no, what am I supposed to be doing now?’ Oh yeah I’m supposed to be going like this - do-do-do-de-do-. ‘Hi everybody, I’m doing it!’
Steve: Do you think you are a changed person since you came to England?
Jimi : I didn’t used to talk so much before...
Steve: to people like me!
Jimi : No, that’s all right [ falling about].. .Ho, hum.. . I am as good as bunnies and you know how good bunnies are [this is addressed to the wonderful British public]!
Steve: What would you think if people went off you, like they did with Dylan?
Jimi : I don’t think about it. Ever since he’s been around people have been kicking him around saying, ‘Oh man, he sings like a broken-leg dog.’
At this point Jill Nicholls from the Manchester Independent asked Mr. Hendrix as to whether there was anything he wanted materially. This question was slightly distorted by an outburst of primitive laughter from the male section of the gathered assemble.
Jimi : Eh?
Jill Nicholls: Is there anything left?
Jimi : There’s a whole lot of things left. Thousands of them. I see them downtown every day. Millions of ‘em. Ohhhh! Marvellous!
(Page ?) ‘The Union Guest Room’ by Jill Nichols: “Jimi: “I haven’t heard the latest Bob Dylan tracks [John Wesley Harding] yet. I’d like to, very much. Yeah, he really did have an accident, but everybody needs a rest like that, especially after they’ve been kicked around.” [more text?]
Steve: Do you ever think of going back to the States?
Jimi : I think about it every single day. I really miss it. Like the West Coast... I just like to be out there. I like the weather, the scenery, and some of the people. And you can buy a chocolate milkshake in a drug store, chewing gum at a gas station, and soup from little machines on the road. It’s great, it’s beautiful, it’s all screwed up and nasty and prejudiced, it has everything. The same things we hear from there now about the troubles is the same thing we hear from Russia - it’s just propaganda -just like Radio Free Europe...
We came over here with one purpose and that was to make it. That’s the whole scene. As soon as we start getting behind time that’ll be the time to give up. That might be tomorrow evening about 5.45, but we’ll try for as long as possible to keep our own sound regardless of how it might change. What a pretty microphone!
Steve: Yeah, it’s cute ain’t it? [A comment was made about the phallic shape of his guitar. He looked at it,]
Jimi : "Yeah, thank you"