Jimi Hendrix Learns You Can't Win Them All

The high school dropout gets an honorary diploma – and loses a legal battle

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Jimi Hendrix photographed at home in 1967.
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Jimi Hendrix received two presents from his home town of Seattle, Washington, last month: a key to the city and an honorary diploma from Garfield High School – which he dropped out of six years ago. Hendrix, now 20, was in the area for a performance at the Seattle Arena on February 12, entertained the Garfield student body at a special assembly.

On another front Hendrix was not so successful. U.S. District Court Judge Charles M. Metzner of New York refused to grant an injunction that would have restrained Capitol Records from selling or distributing any Hendrix recordings, particularly the Curtis Knight/Hendrix Get That Feeling LP. The judge did order Capitol to change the jacket design on that album. He felt it could be confusing to record buyers.

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Voyle Gilmore, Capitol vice president for A&R and creative services, had this to say about the ruling: "Naturally we're pleased that we shall be able to continue to sell what we feel to be very fine recordings including the talents of a great musician, Jimi Hendrix. We are now in the process of designing a new album cover that will satisfy the requirements of Judge Metzner's opinion."

This story is from the April 6th, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 8: April 6, 1968