Doctor who tried to save Jimi Hendrix says murder claim plausible – Times Online

“The doctor who attempted to revive Jimi Hendrix on the night that the guitarist died believes that it is ‘plausible’ that he was murdered.” says The Times today.

Commenting on claims in a book written by former Hendrix roadie, James ‘Tappy’ Wright, that Hendrix had been murdered on the orders of his manager, Mike Jeffrey, Dr John Bannister said that ‘medical evidence was consistent with claims in a book that Hendrix was killed on the orders of his manager.’

Mysteriouser and mysteriouser.

(Via The Times.)

Hendrix ‘was murdered by manager’

Chris and Danny both have posts on a claim made by James “Tappy” Wright, a former roadie for Jimi Hendrix, that Hendrix was murdered by his manager, Michael Jeffrey. According to Wright’s claims, made in a new book, Wright had an insurance policy on Hendrix’s life and killed him to cash in. Wright says Jeffrey confessed to him afterwards.

Three things strike me about this claim:

1. Wright has a book to sell and nothing sells books like a controversial claim about a well-known and much-loved figure, particularly when it involves a conspiracy theory about that person’s death.

2. Jeffrey is dead and therefore can’t defend himself or be libelled.

3. Hendrix’s death has, despite the official verdict that he choked on his own vomit after consuming alcohol and barbituates, long been shrouded in mystery.

Seems to me that if this were true, Wright would have mentioned it before now. He could have made a fortune by writing on it and appearing on TV shows to talk about it, yet he chose to wait nearly 40 years before telling anyone. It may be true, but I have my doubts.

If you’re interested in reading Wright’s book, you can find it on Amazon by clicking the book picture below.

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How to Play Slide Guitar in Standard Tuning

I love slide guitar, particularly blues slide. And some of my favourite players played slide, from Elmore James and Muddy Waters, to Duane Allman and Bonnie Raitt. I have to confess, though, I’ve never mastered bottleneck slide, and I’ve only ever tried it using open tunings. In this lessson, however, John Tuggles demonstrates How to play slide guitar in Standard Tuning.

As always, John makes it look easy. But I’m certainly inspired to give it another go.

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Video Guitar Lesson: Joe Bonamassa

Guitar Lifestyle picked up on Guitar Center’s posting of a number of videos from Joe Bonamassa’s recent instore guitar clinic.

In the clip below, Joe discusses his slide technique and how corny eighties movie Crossroads, and specifically the Ry Cooder soundtrack piqued his interest in slide guitar. Watch as Joe discusses his slide technique:

Wiring diagram for a three-pick-up guitar

If you’re about to tackle the electrics on your guitar, or just want to know how they work, check out Danny’s post which has an Wiring for Stratocaster & Three-Pickup Guitars excellent wiring diagram for a three-pickup guitar.