The sci-fi movie that Jimi Hendrix never got to make

In some ways, Jimi Hendrix was more of a character than a man. He is a superpower that has descended from far away, from another planet where melody is a language and riffs can be summoned beyond the confines of a six string. How else can you combine the greatest guitarist in history and his unparalleled talent?

Well, this mythologized idea is one that even humble Hendrix would enjoy. Along with melodies, he wanted to weave a second love into his music: science fiction. Anthems like “Purple Haze” are directly drawn from this colorful realm.

The anthem appears when the guitar hero has a dream in which he is walking under the sea in a plume of purple mist, which was directly inspired by reading Philip Jose Farmer’s book The night of light. The book’s synopsis reads: “Once every seven years, a world orbiting a binary star is bathed in a strange glow that rearranges physical reality.” This strange glow is described in the book as a “purple haze”.

So Hendrix was already mixing his own otherworldly influences and ghostly experiences into a song. However, there was one event too grand and awesome to fit into a six-minute song. And as such, Hendrix set to work on a script. The movie would be called transformation, and will tell the story of Hendrix’s encounter with a UFO during his childhood.

One night Hendrix was looking out the back window of his old house in Washington with his brother Leon. What they saw that night would stay with them forever. Some mysterious lights flashed across the sky, causing them both to stand up in alarm. Since Hendrix is ​​such a big fan of Flash Gordon that he insisted on being called Buster Crab, this sci-fi apparition was manna from heaven.

Naturally, he moved on from that point, but his influence never left him in a creative sense. He has always been obsessed with somehow reaching further with his music and entering a space outside of the norm. He wanted to do much the same with the script, which unfortunately never materialized, Distortion.

The handwritten screenplay was scratched out by Hendrix between 1969-1970. In a rock opera that combined the powerful effects of rock and roll music with alien encounters, the truly original work was meant to be a film like no other. Featuring scenes where an “innocent little girl” hears a rock band for the first time while cautiously hiding behind a rock and envisioning the music as dragons and mystical beasts dueling in the air, the fantasy script offers great insight into the mind of Hendrix himself.

During the 38-page journey, lights flash over strange fields, Arabian tents show mystical connections, and a series of other stratospheric developments unfold. Unfortunately, however, Hendrix would die before he could expand his vision beyond the mere inkwells of his imaginary thoughts. Regardless, he shines a light on the innocence and adventure that colored his rock with a healthy sense of depth that often gets lost amid the loud talk of his pointless life.

In what some may perceive as a mystical trend, Hendrix is ​​not alone when it comes to megastars watching bright lights in the night sky – he joins Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Black Francis, Lemmy, Sun Ra, Keith Richards and others in citing celestial observations. In fact, there is even a community that wonders if the music of these numina has been conveyed messages from the Martians they have encountered.

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