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Mitch Mitchell by perfectbitch on 13 November 2008 9:35am
The last remaining member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience has died. Noel Redding passed in 2003 and Jimi over 3 decades ago. (Is it really that long?).

I still listen to their music. Gypsy Eyes is one of my favourites. RIP.

Re: Mitch Mitchell by Spursfan on 13 November 2008 12:40pm
I love (note the present tense) Jimi Hendrix - my favourite track is Voodoo Chile Slight Return I think. In fact with its words 'If I don't meet you no more in this world I'll meet you in the next one so don't be late, don't be late' I'd like it played at my funeral.

My husband is also a fan - he always wanted to come back after death as a note of Jimi's music.

He also saw the ambulance take Jimi away on that sad night in September 1970 as he happened to be going past.

One of the funniest memories of our married life is the husband opening Electic Ladyland (which some of you will know has a bevy of naked ladies on the front open out cover - the days of vinyl!!) at Xmas in front of some elderly relatives of mine whose eyes were out on stalks!!

They will all be sadly missed.
Re: Mitch Mitchell by suzulu on 13 November 2008 1:47pm
Rest in peace, Mitch.
Re: Mitch Mitchell by mrsthing on 13 November 2008 1:47pm
I wonder what would have happened if Hendrix had lived? How different would music be? Would he eventually have faded into obscurity, or would he be popular still, like Paul McCartney?

Jus' ruminatin'.
Re: Mitch Mitchell by johnnythemonkey on 13 November 2008 1:56pm
Sorry to hear of Mitch's passing. I still listen to their music occassionally but I'm not sure if Jimi would've altered the path of music. Now, if Buddy Holly had lived longer.........

( edit ). I think guitarists would probably say that Jimi's all too short career did alter music.
Re: Mitch Mitchell by canaveralgumby on 13 November 2008 4:01pm
You know, mrsthing, there are some whose brilliance shines so bright, it seems like they just can't stay here. It's like the Earth couldn't handle it.

Well, may Mitch drum in peace. He broke that cardinal rock'n'roll rule - the drummer outlived the rest of the band!

(My fav - If 6 Was 9)
Re: Mitch Mitchell by MMMmmm... on 13 November 2008 10:43pm
It happened here in Portland.

*Much Love to You Mitch*
Re: Mitch Mitchell by bIG bLOGGER on 14 November 2008 5:54pm
I am sad to hear of the death of 'Mitch' Mitchell.His real name was John Mitchell,born 1947 in Ealing,West London.He started playing in rhythm n'blues groups and did a couple of years' stint with Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames,before joining the Jimi Hendrix Experience which was a very influential and 'progresive' 3-piece group in the 1960's. I liked Mitch's crossover rhythm patterns,which lent an extra urgency to their music,he adopted what he had learned from the great American jazz drummers such as Art Blakey,Elvin Jones and Jack De Johnette.
Mitchell played on the albums : "Are you Experienced?",and "Axis;Bold As Love"; but by their third album Hendrix added other musicians before deciding to disband the "Experience" and form his Band Of Gypsies,using American black musicins Billy Cox (on bass),and Buddy Miles (on drums) but it was Mitchell who played drums with Hendrix at the iconic Woodstock Festival in August,1969.
I was sad also to hear of the death in February this year of Buddy Miles, who died at his home in Austin,Texas,aged 60.
Re: Mitch Mitchell by ev on 9 December 2008 4:20pm
Just learned about this yesterday and think it's worth bringing to the fore again. I'm a drummer too and really like his playing style.

However it doesn't really surprise me when rockers die so young.. on Mitch's MySpace page, 3 of his top 10 'friends' are Marijuana, Alcohol and Camel cigarettes..
Re: Mitch Mitchell by bIG bLOGGER on 9 December 2008 5:04pm
...It makes me wonder who his 7 other top 'friends' were! I suppose you could make a case for the quintessential rock-and-roll lifestyle having a health warning stamped on it : "BEWARE--THIS LIFESTYLE CAN BE REALLY DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH (AND LIFESPAN)".

Anyway,I'm pleased to hear that you're a drummer,ev. I have always liked listening to the best drummers: here are just some of my favourites : Billy Cobham,Jack De Johnette,Billy Higgins,Jon Hiseman,Elvin Jones,Peter Erskine,Bobby Colomby,Art Blakey.
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