Under the Hood: Vernon Reid on Jimi Hendrix

Since the passing of Jimi Hendrix, dozens of books have been written about the man.  Some focus on his image and lifestyle, while most concentrate on his incredibly innovative guitar playing.  Vernon Reid of Living Colour — no slouch on the six-string himself –  offers a uniquely holistic view of Hendrix.

See there was no dividing line in Hendrix between the song, the improvisation, the singing. It was all one thing. I mean that’s what really makes him part of an American folk tradition, the troubadour and balladeer tradition going back many many centuries. But he also broke the tradition. And he was influenced in real time by what was happening in folk music. Particularly with Bob Dylan. - Vernon Reid