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Ezy Rider
10-27-10, 10:13 PM
Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jimi Hendrix drama to focus on bogus 1969 kidnapping

http://www.therockradio.com/jimi-hendrix.jpgA new movie based around the alleged hoax kidnapping of Jimi Hendrix is in preproduction titled, Slide, according to NME.com. The film is based around a supposed incident in September 1969 involving his manager Michael Jeffrey, who in an effort to bolster himself in Hendrix's eyes had him "kidnapped" by New York thugs and then "rescued" him to prove how indispensable he was to the guitar legend.

Director R. H. Greene shed light on the film, telling twentyfourbit.com, "While we have to be speculative because no definitive version of the event exists, this takes it out of the realm of fiction for me. It's part of Jimi's story, and I think it offers an opportunity to show him fully but from a unique angle. That was my aim in writing it, and that's going to be my aim in making it."

Although casting is underway for the movie, so far no actor has been selected to portray Hendrix. Slide will begin production in early 2010.

Hendrix's bassist Billy Cox from his post-Experience group, Band Of Gypsies was asked what he thinks Hendrix would have accomplished had he not died in 1970: [http://www.therockradio.com/realaudio.gif Click to listen (http://www.therockradio.com/backstage/Billy_Cox_on_what_Jimi_Hendrix_would_have_done.rm) if you have a backstage pass (http://www.therockradio.com/backstage-pass/)] "I get asked that question quite often, and we were gravitating toward more, like, The Rays Of The New Rising Sun. We were gravitating toward classical music, I think. We would've taken those modes into a classical vein. And then he had thought about perhaps maybe going to Juilliard, and there's no telling. (He) always talked about it."


Ezy Rider
10-27-10, 10:17 PM
Jimi Hendrix gets ďfictionalized,Ē toured, and reissued

By Alex Young (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=Alex-Young) on December 9th, 2009 in News (http://consequenceofsound.net/category/news/), Tour (http://consequenceofsound.net/category/tour/)

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Next year will mark 40 years since the untimely death of Jimi Hendrix (http://consequenceofsound.net/tag/jimi-hendrix/). If this post is any sign of things to come, itís going to be quite the Hendrix filled year.
Weíll start off with with the forthcoming fictionalized indie film about the legendary guitarist. After all, whatís better than a fictionalized indie film telling the story of two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction? And we havenít mentioned that the plot continues with Hendrix ultimately teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and Hendrix learns to clean up his act. Yes, what you just read is not only real but will actually be be a feature film. According to the Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i63d9141b5e726371c8d6fc7807863ffa), R.H. Greene, best known as being the author of Incarnadine: The True Memoirs of Count Dracula, will write and direct the project, which is titled Slide. Get it? Update: R.H. Greene comments on the filmís actual story (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/#comment-72112)Ö
This is not to be confused with the Hendrix biopic rumored to be in the works (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/08/21/jimi-hendrix-biopic-in-the-works/). However, there hasnít been much of an update with that since we told you about it back in August.

[and here are the comments which are worth checking out . . .]

comments (9)

Whomever they find to portray Hendrix, he has to be able to get past this NYC guy:
http://www.youtube.com/cc4bleu .
This is someone who has been doing the Hendrix show for 41 years non-stop, started while a member of Hendrixís official fan club & someone the Hendrix Estate wishes would just go away & continually is ignored by the Hendrix tour bookers, etc.
His live performance & in-studio recordings of Hendrixís music will astound you.
Also, there were actually TWO such kidnappings & be looking out for NYC filmmaker David Kramer. His upcoming Hendrix doc interviews one of the actual Jeffrey thugs involved in the first kidnapping, as well as over 345 celebs & Hendrix-related folks. It will make all other docs obsolete.
Stacy W (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=stacy-w) December 30, 2009 at 4:38 am (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-73495) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=73495#respond)

Sounds like it could be a good movie. Thereís more about it here http://bit.ly/6bXuYu
Chris (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=chris) December 29, 2009 at 10:23 am (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-73455) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=73455#respond)

I know about the kidnapping Ė actually there is a documented 1st hand account from one of the drivers for Michael Jefferys who went to Bethel, NY to pick him up that I witnessed at a screening for funding for another Hendrix film Ė I was asked to be a consultant on that project but they never obtained funding,
Peter Feola (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=peter-feola) December 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72598) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72598#respond)

Who indeed. There are so many versions of the truth out there that we will never know the real answers. Itís time to get back to the music and enjoy the legacy not agonise over facts that have gone to the grave with many people. Not least of all Jimi.
Jimpress (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=jimpress) December 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72203) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72203#respond)

who knew a discussion about Jimi could become as heated as ďabortion or politicsĒ? I certainly didnít.
bobbyrisigliano (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=bobbyrisigliano) December 10, 2009 at 1:18 am (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72171) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72171#respond)

He told Monika Dannemann this? Oh, well then, it must be true!
Isnít that the women who changed her story about the events that led up to Jimiís death every single time she told it. Her story seemed to fit whatever circumstance she was in and never made any sense what so ever. In the end it looked more like she had a direct connection to why Mr. Hendrix suffered the fate he did. Her fictitious stories all having to due with covering up her role in feeding him the sleeping pills and pouring wine down his throat from which he drowned being so knocked out from the effects of the drugs. They are quite certain now that the wine was not present when he died, thatís according to the toxicology reports I have read.
And this is the very same women who made a career out of being Jimiís fiancťe after he died,
Such a stable source of information on Hendrix she wrote books and channeled his spruit for years after until of course she took her own life following a British High Court order decision regarding her repeated character defamation allegations against Kathy Etchingham?
Yeah, Iím pretty sure thatís the one your referring to, and if your trying to tell me you think anything she has to say could possibly be true, and you actually believe that, then your movie should be classified as fiction.
Iíve done probably as much research into Hendrix as you and I donít believe a word of it. His movements at the time were incredibly well documented and there was never a time he went ďmissingĒ for several days. No matter how you want to spin this its a complete fabrication, a re-writing of history and I take exception to these types of films taking creative license from innuendo and complete bullshit and portraying it as if it actually happened. I mean how difficult would it be to just write a true accounting of how Jimi lived and died, how he came from nothing and made himself something, more than something, a cultural icon who will never ever be forgotten.
That would just be to simple and straight forward, probably would not sell in the box office either right? So, lets go and make some shit up.
I think its shameful and certainly in no way paying tribute to a man who struggled how entire life, never knew any real riches, and was taken advantage from the very first contract he signed, to the disgraceful way his legacy has been treated by the wicked step sister who met him once.
I for one will not be going to see your fictionalized version of this mans life, I have way to much respect and admiration for him to do something like that!
3goldens (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=3goldens) December 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72165) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72165#respond)

Mr. Greene I donít believe Hendrix was an addict, no do I feel his death was an accident. Most of the research I have done does not suggest he was addicted to heroin or cocaine. I am tired of Hendrix being portrayed as a drug addict. In this light, how will Jimi be portrayed? What drugs is he abusing here? What has your researched reveled? What is your opinion of his death and the accounts of John Bannister, Reg Jones & others in comparison to Dannemann? How will Michael Jeffrey be portrayed? Ė thanks
Underground Sounds (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=underground-sounds) December 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72123) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72123#respond)

Thanks, R.H. We amended the article to include your information.
Alex Young (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=alex-young) December 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72115) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72115#respond)

Folks Ė
Thanks for your coverage of my upcoming movie. There were a few things reported on your page that originated elsewhere and arenít really completely accurate, which is obviously nobody on your endís fault. Still, since you (rightly) objected to one of them, I thought Iíd take a minute and send of an email about where this script came from and what itís actually about.
Some of the initial coverage used the word ďfictionĒ to describe this project. After digging into the various accounts of Jimiís kidnapping and dramatizing what seemed to me the most likely sequence of events, I would say thatís a simplification that borders on inaccuracy.
The finished script is actually inspired by a pervasive story that has circulated for 40 years saying that Jimi Hendrix was kidnapped shortly after his performance at Woodstock and held for several days. I did extensive research on Jimi, the incident itself and the period, and discovered among other things that Jimi had told two of his closest associates (including Monika Dannemann, his reputed fiancee and the woman who slept beside him as he died) that it was true, though their accounts of what Jimi said happened varied. The details died with the participants, but thereís strong circumstantial evidence something occurred, and the known facts, including the actual murder of a Hendrix associate during the same time period, have all been adhered to in SLIDE.
SLIDE is therefore much more grounded in actual events than, say, ME AND ORSON WELLES or LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, to name two recent films that blend real events and actual personages with created characters.
And additional reports that Jimi teaches one of his kidnappers some sort of a life lesson are news to me. Nothing like that is in the script, and nothing like that will be in the movie. Your disdain for this idea is shared by me ó I would never put something so pat and trite into a film that wants to depict Jimi truthfully and in full.
Itís inevitable that reporting on something that hasnít happened yet will contain speculation, so no harm no foul. Still, despite the fact that SLIDE necessarily contains conjecture and speculation (for no definitive version of this very pervasive story exists), I promise to do my best to make the movie and the depiction of Jimi within it as truthful as humanly possible.
best, R. H. Greene
R. H. Greene (http://consequenceofsound.net/users/?user=r-h-greene) December 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/comment-page-1/#comment-72112) Reply (http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/12/09/jimi-hendrix-gets-fictionalized-toured-and-reissued/?replytocom=72112#respond)

10-28-10, 05:32 AM
Thanks for this, esp the Cox snippet. The whole thing stinks really, what a pile of shite:-)

11-01-10, 10:42 PM
Jimi (actor with preposterous wig and headband) is shooting some heroin while three Jeffrey thugs storm in his Shokan retreat.
They force 'Jimi' in a mafia van and drive him to an (of course) abandoned warehouse with only one lightbulp hanging from the ceiling.
They give him some drugs which 'Jimi' consumes eagerly.
Then they open some bottles of wine and try to waterboard him after this fails they proceed to have a caviar and champagne dinner.
While in the warehouse they take the opportunity to make a porn movie of 'Jimi' and some prostitutes. This film exists and is available on eBay.
This is of course proof that the whole thing happened.
'Jimi' starts talking about spirituality and gives the mafiosi a life-lesson, upon which, they quickly realize their mistake and put down their guns. Then Morrison and Jefferey storm the building, a la SWAT tactics and free the hostage.

Now THIS I have to see man. What a blockbuster this must be!!!

And what 'Hendrix associate' is he talking about? The only one that I can think of is Salvation's owner Bobby Woods. Supposedly it had to do with his troubles with mobsters. Again Bob Levine seems to be the only witness to this as he reportedly got the call from the mobsters that they held Jimi hostage.

07-06-11, 05:05 AM
Just out of a matter of interest, does anyone know when the kidnapping story first surfaced ? I can't for the life of me remember first reading about it.

07-06-11, 08:42 AM
Electric Gypsy (1990) is where I first read it.

07-06-11, 10:17 AM
Electric Gypsy (1990) is where I first read it.

Thank's for that - haven't read Electric Gypsy in years, guess it's time I checked it out again. I do remember telling some friends about it in the mid nighties but they just looked at me like I was making it up...

Ezy Rider
07-07-11, 04:45 AM
the mid nighties

nice misspelling :-)

07-07-11, 06:30 AM
nice misspelling :-)

It must be age, new glasses or bad habits...

07-09-11, 12:35 AM
nice misspelling :-)what, a lost Hendrix tune? ---> "Nice MissPelling"

Ezy Rider
07-09-11, 12:46 AM
no, simply the Dark Ages of Modernity