...and now Mitch Mitchell has passed away at the age of 62. The Experience is no more.
"Bob Dylan's Grandma" was Hendrix's affectionate nickname for his drummer Mitch Mitchell. Here's a drum solo from Mitchell...
The Jimi Hendrix Experience in Sweden, January 1969... Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
The Dirty Mac (Mitch Mitchell, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards) on the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, 1968... Yer Blues
File under the "Gee, that's cold" category
I used to work with a guy from Syracuse who came of age in the sixties. Huge Jimi Hendrix fan. Went to Woodstock, was sweating out the draft, the whole bit... One September day he was hanging around the house with a buddy of his listening to records. His father stopped in, a square straight-shooter who'd put in his 30 years or so at the Carrier air-conditioner company, and dropped a newspaper in his lap. "Here, look at this... Your hero just choked to death on his own vomit."
While I'm here reporting the news on sixties icons...
Andrew Greeley on the mend? He's in "critical but stable" condition
I carry a link to Father Andrew Greeley's columns over on the right. He's pretty liberal in a predictable sense, but he's always enjoyable to read. I hadn't heard until today that he was badly injured last week in a freak accident. He was getting out of a cab and got his coat caught in the door. When the cab pulled away he fell and fractured his skull. He's been in critical condition since Friday of last week. Prayers go out to him.
The Rev. Andrew Greeley remains in critical condition Thursday morning, six days after falling and fracturing his skull during a cab accident.File under the "Gee, that's cold" category
He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he remained in critical condition as of 4 a.m. Thursday, according to a hospital nursing supervisor, who said his condition had not changed.
Earlier, his niece Laura Durkin said he was in critical but "very stable" condition and doctors were pleased with Greeley's progress from Friday to Saturday.
Although he was swollen and bruised, Greeley's color looked good Saturday morning and he was "resting comfortably" after a restless night, Goggin said.
"You know, he's a fighter and a tough guy," Goggin said. "He's got everything they want in a patient. All the signs are very positive."
I happened to notice in the reactions on one blog some examples of the milk of human kindness you often see offered up in comboxes nowadays..
Andrew Greeley is finally going to meet his maker. I hope he is judged well for the many evil things that he has done in this life. I hope he has asked for forgiveness of his many sins. May God have mercy on Rev Andrew Greeley. May God turn him away from his evil ways of devout socialism...Nice.
This wolf in the fold's heresy has destroyed the faith of many. May he beg for mercy.
Ah, the blogosphere. It warms the cockles of the heart, doesn't it?