Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix Song)

Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix Song)

"Machine Gun" is a song written by American musician Jimi Hendrix, and originally recorded by Band of Gypsys for their self-titled live album (1970). It is a lengthy, loosely defined (jam-based) protest of the Vietnam War, and perhaps a broader comment on conflict of any kind. Although a proper studio recording was never released, there are several other live recordings on album, including Live at Berkeley and Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.

The Band of Gypsys performance is often lauded as Hendrix's finest, and is widely considered one of the finest electric guitar performances in the history of recorded music. The Band of Gypsys version of "Machine Gun" is roughly 12 minutes long. Hendrix's long guitar solos and percussive riffs combine with controlled feedback to simulate the sounds of a battlefield, such as helicopters, dropping bombs, explosions, machine guns, and the screams and cries of those wounded or grieving.

Read more about Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix Song):  Origins, Midnight Lightning Version

Other related articles:

Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix Song) - Covers - 2010 Arrangement By Kyle Sanna
... In October 2010 the band The Knights of New York performed an arrangement by Kyle Sanna for orchestra and cello soloist at the Staatstheater Darmstadt ... The work was performed as part of the Musikalischer Herbst in Darmstadt, Germany, by the Philharmonie Merck of Darmstadt by the German cellist Jan Vogler of Dresden, Germany, directed by Eric Jacobsen ...

Famous quotes containing the words hendrix, machine and/or gun:

    Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
    —Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970)

    The machine unmakes the man. Now that the machine is perfect, the engineer is nobody. Every new step in improving the engine restricts one more act of the engineer,—unteaches him.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    What cannot stand must fall; and the measure of our sincerity and therefore of the respect of men, is the amount of health and wealth we will hazard in the defence of our right. An old farmer, my neighbor across the fence, when I ask him if he is not going to town-meeting, says: “No, ‘t is no use balloting, for it will not stay; but what you do with the gun will stay so.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)