Pulped Fiction
Pulped Fiction
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments

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Any new camera and lens I have owned while in the Emerald City, has gone through what I like to call the “Jimi Hendrix experience” by taking a shot of the legendary Seattle guitar slinger’s iconic statue on Broadway. The latest to do so, is the simply sublime Zuiko 21/2 – a truly wonderful wide-angle lens.

 

There’s also a new Hendrix film out now, Jimi: All Is By My Side – but just how much of the biopic is true? While the new movie is written and directed by the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley, like most biopics, however, it seems there’s a fine line between artistic licence and lies.

 

[Spoiler Alert] The film includes many harmless urban myths about Jimi – but there is also a fair amount of ugly rumours taken as fact. There’s a scene in which Hendrix, played by Outkast rapper André Benjamin, clubs his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham around the head with a telephone handset. Soon after, Etchingham, played by Hayley Atwell, is shown overdosing on sleeping pills, before waking up in a hospital bed.

 

These stories, which have their roots in a book written by Hendrix’s former band-leader Curtis Knight, have been debunked by many who were close to Jimi. Etchingham herself says she was never interviewed by Knight. She took legal action against the publishers of the book, which was pulped in the UK – a sort of ‘Pulped Fiction’, if you will. She says also she wasn’t consulted for Ridley’s film, which she calls “absolute nonsense”.

 

Olympus OM1 & Zuiko 21/2
Kodak TMax 100
HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 10 minutes)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan

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  • Ahhhh, all the Lenses go thru the 'Hendrix Experience' to prove their worth....
    I want to see that & the James Brown flick !

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  • I'll make it down there. Dick's Deluxe first though. I'm getting a 35mm for my Mamiya 645E. I used to work at Dick's on Broadway (1974). Prolly a similar crowd but more tats I would think.

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