What Jimi Hendrix did on my birthday


Jimi Hendrix was not very happy on the day I was born (March 22, 1968).

Because I’m in Seattle, I went to MoPOP (the Museum of Pop Culture). And lingered longest at the small exhibits on Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix’s travels.

The latter features Jimi’s diary from 1968, with a facsimile you can thumb through. I learned that on my birthday, Jimi was in Hartford, Connecticut. And feeling blue.


Here’s what he wrote:

Just came back from gig. Terrible – the people thought we were great – stage manager dropped the power right in the middle of our act. So I am depressed. Gonna get completely smashed. Let’s see – where’s that bottle. Hmm…

So I got that going for me.

About Robert Reid

Robert Reid is a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times, ESPN), travel expert (Today Show, CNN's Headline News), travel videographer (76-Second Travel Show) and travel artist (don't ask).
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