A week before Jimi Hendrix unexpectedly passed away in 1970, he sat down with British journalist Keith Altham for what would be his last known interview. PBS’ animated web series Blank on Blank has gotten hold of the audio tapes and animated six minutes of their conversation, where Hendrix lightheartedly explains his views on politics, radicals, raging against the machine and more.
The best part, though, is when Hendrix is asked about his role in creating “psychedelic music.” He sluffs off the notion inititally, strikes a match and then responds with a rather direct statement. “The way I write things, the way I write is [a] clash between reality and fantasy, mostly,” he says. “You have to use fantasy to show different sides of reality … that’s how it can bend. I don’t really round it off too good. It’s almost naked, you know? I just hate to be in one corner – I hate to be just a guitar player, or a songwriter, or a tap dancer, you know?”
Along with more serious topics, Hendrix also addresses what he thinks a successful lifestyle should entail. “I want to get up in the morning, just roll over in my bed to an indoor swimming pool and swim to the breakfast table. Come up for air, get a drink of orange juice . . . Is that luxurious?”