I've been swapping a few emails with morning with Steve Roby, the Jimi Hendrix biographer, who reads from his recent collection of interviews, Hendrix on Hendrix, Nov. 26 at Seattle Central Library downtown. Roby is writing a piece for Reverb that will run next week. In our emails today, he shared with me a portion of an interview Hendrix did with Melody Maker in 1969. This excerpt, in particular, caught my eye:
How does Jimi feel about money?
"It's great stuff if you use it wisely," he laughed. "Everybody needs it and you can't give all your money away. But when you have enough for your own needs then you can go back on the road and try and do a little preaching. The trouble with money, like drugs, is that most people let it rule them instead of using it as a step to something else."