Sunday, July 31, 2005


'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy

An AP wire reports that Jimi Hendrix had a little trouble with his whammy bar while in the Army:

Jimi Hendrix might have stayed in the US Army. He might have been sent to Vietnam. Instead, he pretended he was gay.... Publicly, Hendrix always claimed he was discharged after breaking his ankle on a parachute jump, but his medical records do not mention it.

In regular visits to the base psychiatrist at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in spring 1962, Hendrix complained that he was in love with one of his squad mates and that he had become addicted to masturbating, Cross writes. Finally, Captain John Halbert recommended him for discharge, citing "homosexual tendencies."

This revelation comes from an upcoming Jimi Hendrix biography by Charles Cross, Room Full of Mirrors. But Cross believes that that Hendrix was faking it to work the system: "He just wanted to escape the army to play music; he had enlisted to avoid jail time after being repeatedly arrested in stolen cars in Seattle."

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