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Posted by admin On November - 13 - 2008

-A.S. People often laugh when I tell them I took a class on Jimi Hendrix in college. It was the best summer school semester of my life, actually. I was enrolled in Astronomy, The Music of Jimi Hendrix and the History of the Beatles. True story.

I tell you this, because I want you to understand the deep appreciation and admiration I have for the Rock and Roll drummer that is Mitch Mitchell. I remember listening to Hendrix song after song, analyzing them and picking out parts the class liked. Our friend Golan was known by our teacher as a “Mitch Guy.” Granted, masterful guitar was usually the first thing discussed, but there was always something to be said for the work on the drum kit.

The best example I can think of to explain how highly I think of Mitch Mitchell is the song “Bold as Love.” The Jimi solo that comes in at the end is one of my favorite guitar moments of all time, but I never hear the solo in my head without hearing Mitch’s echoing drums first. I don’t know if that comes off as a compliment, but I certainly mean it as one.

In looking for some Mitch Mitchell videos to post for you, I stumbled across an absolute gem. It is John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell. For all of you keeping score at home, that’s three of the greatest musicians ever to walk the face of the Earth and Jimi even sat this one out. The fact that those guys wanted to play with him to just shows as to how highly regarded he was.

2 Responses

  1. Matthew Said,

    when mitchell played with clapton and the rest of those guys it was part of a thing called rolling stone’s rock n roll circus…

    great drummer, but he will now be pounding the skins with buddy miles and jamming with noel and jimi

    Posted on November 13th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  2. Teibs Said,

    thats funny he called golan mr. mitch. there was a mr. mitch in my hendrix class too. Rock n’ roll heaven just got a little better.

    Posted on November 13th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

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