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Jimi Hendrix Tits 'N Ass LP Cover Brown-Bagged In England

December 7, 1968
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
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LOS ANGELES — Jimi Hendrix says that the Jimi Hendrix Experience will be moving on to other things after Christmas, including the eventual dissolution of the group as a group. Hendrix, who has been living in Los Angeles for the past several weeks while flying back and forth to gigs in various parts of the United States, explained that except for very special concerts and some recording, he and drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding will not be doing much together.

He was quoted to this effect in the English paper Melody Maker, which spoke to him by phone. Contacted later, Hendrix said that he did not mean to say the group was breaking up, but just looking for other things to do in addition to concerts and the like.

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On other fronts with Hendrix, the English double-LP release of Electric Ladyland, delayed in Great Britain for two months after American release, has met resistance and censorship in many record shops and outlying provinces in the British Isles. This is because the jacket, a double fold affair, features about 20 naked ladies reposing in various poses, some of them even holding Jimi Hendrix LP's.

Several of the leading London record wholesalers say they will stock the record, but only make it available in brown wrappers. The fight for decency moves on.

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The cover on the English LP was made after Electric Ladyland was released in the States with another cover altogether. Licensing arrangements on Hendrix product provides for no uniformity of covers, although it has been a fairly standard practice for the past several years with rock product. No censorship was involved. Nonetheless, it is a rather dashing looking thing.

This story is from the December 7th, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

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