Skip to comments.The Day They Stopped and Frisked Jimi Hendrix
Posted on 01/16/2014 8:27:19 AM PST by Red Badger
The jacket Im wearing now is Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1898 I believe. Very good year for uniforms. The other night I was about half a block away from the Cromwellian Club, wearing this gear. Up comes this wagon with a blue light flashing, and about five or six policemen jump out at me.
They look into my face real close and severe. Then one of them points to my jacket and says, Thats British, isnt it? So I said, Yeah, I think it is. And they frowned and all that bit, and they said, Youre not supposed to be wearing that. Men fought and died in that uniform. The guys eyes were so bad he couldnt read the little print on the badges.
So I said, What, in the Veterinary Corps? Anyway, I like uniforms. I wore one long enough in the United States Army. They said, What? You trying to get smart with us? Show us your passport. So we did all that bit too. I had to convince them that my accent was really American. Then they asked me what group I was with, and I said the Experience. So they made fun of that as well and made cracks about roving minstrels.
After they made a few more funnies and when theyd finally got their kicks, they said they didnt want to see me with the gear on anymore, and they let me go. Just as I was walking away one of them said, Hey, you said youre with the Experience. What are you experiencing? I said, Harassment and took off as quick as I could.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...
I just figured out that it’s 1934 in the Jim Crow south, and all of us are negroes now.
IIRC, Hendrix’s military career lasted about a year, and it was far from distinguished.
I thought the headline was a bit misleading, though. I assumed the article was about one of his drug busts.
The liberal scum must rub salt into the old wounds from time to time so that they will not heal: ‘The Butler’, Twelve Years a Slave’, Mississippi Burning’, ‘Django Unchained’, Did you hear they are re-making ‘ROOTS’ ?..............................
Before Hendrix was 19 years old, law enforcement authorities had twice caught him riding in stolen cars. When given a choice between spending time in prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. After completing eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed him at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived there on November 8, and soon afterward he wrote to his father: "There's nothing but physical training and harassment here for two weeks, then when you go to jump school ... you get hell. They work you to death, fussing and fighting." In his next letter home, Hendrix, who had left his guitar at his girlfriend Betty Jean Morgan's house in Seattle, asked his father to send it to him as soon as possible, stating: "I really need it now." His father obliged and sent the red Silvertone Danelectro on which Hendrix had hand-painted the words "Betty Jean", to Fort Ord. His apparent obsession with the instrument contributed to his neglect of his duties, which led to verbal taunting and physical abuse from his peers, who at least once hid the guitar from him until he had begged for its return.
In November 1961, fellow serviceman Billy Cox walked past an army club and heard Hendrix playing guitar. Intrigued by the proficient playing, which he described as a combination of "John Lee Hooker and Beethoven", Cox borrowed a bass guitar and the two jammed. Within a few weeks, they began performing at base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals.
Hendrix completed his paratrooper training in just over eight months, and Major General C.W.G. Rich awarded him the prestigious Screaming Eagles patch on January 11, 1962. By February, his personal conduct had begun to draw criticism from his superiors. They labeled him an unqualified marksman and often caught him napping while on duty and failing to report for bed checks. On May 24, Hendrix's platoon sergeant, James C. Spears filed a report in which he stated: "He has no interest whatsoever in the Army ... It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible." On June 29, 1962, Captain Gilbert Batchman granted Hendrix an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability. Hendrix later spoke of his dislike of the army and falsely stated that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.[nb 8]
What I’m referring to is more than the race mongering that is going on. The attitude of the police, bureaucrats and government seems to be that lowly citizens do not have rights that they must respect. The way a black person felt under democrat rule in the 1920s is how I feel now.
They wanted ‘egalitarianism’. They got it.....................
Some people are just not meant for the military. It happens. Not the end of the world.