"He was incredibly shy and soft spoken unless he had his guitar in his hand. Watch just about any interview on live television where he was talking one on one with the host--it's awkward and clumsy to the point where you think there's something wrong with him. Add on an intense amount of personal substance abuse and you'll be able to understand why Andre 3000's portrayal of Jimi was spot on."
This is actually complete nonsense. In normal conversation Jimi was not awkward and clumsy.He was bright, witty, and had a sharp intelligence. He did not need guidance from anyone about his music or his appearance. He hated interviews because interviewers kept asking him the same dumb questions and talked down to him. That's why he appeared awkward with them. He was being as polite as he could. The only interviewer he got on with was Keith Altham who was more or less embedded with us. Ridley has got it so completely wrong on so many levels that it is not worth enumerating them all. The storyline is completely wrong. The characterisations are wrong. Linda Keith was not a simpering goodie-goodie as played by Poots. She was a genuine "rock and roll chick" of the times. My memory of her is her screeching like a banshee waving a guitar over her head and threatening to bash Jimi on the head. We didn't see her after that. I can't understand why Ridley didn't talk to any of Jimi's London friends (including me) to get the story right. You can learn more from my facebook page and website.
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