London Film Museum

Ok so this isn’t guitar related but we went to the London Film Museum today. After music , movies are my next favourite thing. Well actually food is better but movies come close! There were three really interesting exhibitions on today; Aliens, Ray harryhausen and Charlie Chaplin.

What man of my generation wouldn’t be excited about seeing a pulse rifle or motion tracker up close? Seriously how awesome were the props for the film Aliens. If I was allowed, I would have put that armour on and run round the museum pretending to be Corporal Hicks. I need to grow up.

It’s a shame you’re not allowed to take pictures in the Harryhausen exhibition as the level of detail in those models is staggering. As I walked around I couldn’t help thinking what a shame it is that we are losing this physicality from movies. Most CGI and 3D nonsense isn’t a patch on the artisty involved here.

The highlight of the Chaplin room had to be the original chicken suit from The Gold Rush. Maybe I just like chicken suits? Mmmm time to stop waffling and point you to the pictures below!

If you are interested in films you should check out my friend M00ch’s blog

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Poll Time!

Ok, so I need some suggestions on the next Classic Riffs article so it’s time for a poll! Thinking back to the early-mid nineties, these are the bands that really inspired me to keep playing the guitar.

Thanks for voting!

Jimi Hendrix: 40th Anniversary

Today is the 40th anniversary of Henrix’s tragic death and I feel compelled to share my admiration. James Marshall Hendrix is without any doubt, the greatest guitarist there has ever been.

There really is only one choice for my favourite Hendrix album: Electic Ladyland. I have listened to this album from start to finish so many times and it still sounds as exciting and relevant as the first time I heard it. This is the album where it all came together. His guitar technique, composition and production skills reached a whole new level. I really do believe this was just the start though, his follow-up album would have been his magnum opus and it’s such a shame this will never be heard. I often wonder what ideas he had in his head and he was rumoured to be working with Miles Davis so who knows what it would have sounded like!

My favourite Hendrix song has to be All along the Watchtower. Hendrix idolised Bob Dylan and I don’t consider this a cover in the traditional sense, it’s a re-imagining of a song from one of his idols. He took a song with three basic chords and re-worked it into a stunning arrangement where every single drum beat, bass note and guitar part seems to exist so other people can hear what he imagined this song to be in his mind. Dylan himself has stated that Hendrix’s composition is the true version of that song and also said: “when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way”.

If you want to know about how Hendrix created his sound, have a read of this interview with Roger Mayer.

R.I.P

James Marshall Hendrix , November 27th 1942 – September 18th 1970.