The PBS web series “Blank on Blank” has produced an animated video accompaniment to the last-known interview given by Jimi Hendrix. Once week before his tragic death, the legendary guitarist spoke with British journalist Keith Altham on a range of topics—including “psychedelic” music, the “establishment” and contemporary blues. “The way I write is [a] clash between reality and fantasy, mostly,” he says, at one point. “You have to use fantasy to show different sides of reality ... how it can bend. I don't really round it off too good. It's almost naked, you know? I just hate to be in one corner … hate to be put as only a guitar player, or as only a songwriter, or a tap dancer, you know?”
Asked if his music contained “anger” against “establishment principles,” Hendrix essentially said, “No.” He did, however, admit to wishing “the establishment” didn’t exist. “It’s the blues, that’s all I’m singing about,” he said. “Today’s blues.” To watch and listen to the six-minute-plus interview, click here.