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Strain Hunters is a series of documentaries aimed at informing the general public about the quest for the preservation of the cannabis plant in the form of particularly vulnerable landraces originating in the poorest areas of the planet.
Cannabis, one of the most ancient plants known to man, used in every civilisation all over the world for medicinal and recreational purposes, is facing a very real threat of extinction. One day these plants could be helpful in developing better medications for the sick and the suffering. We feel it is our duty to preserve as many cannabis landraces in our genetic database, and by breeding them into other well-studied medicinal strains for the sole purpose of scientific research.
I am most curious of the story behind the strain known as "purple haze"The original, the old wive's tale that the original strain was lost… Is that a vali…
Jimi Hendrix Wrote ‘Purple Haze’ Between Sets In London On This Day In 1966 [Listen]
Immediately, the words “Purple Haze” conjure a psychedelic image of the ’60s, championed in by the explosive musical force that is Jimi Hendrix. When producer Chas Chandler heard Hendrix tinkering with the song’s opening riff, he said, “That’s the next single!” A truer prediction has never been spoken. With Chandler’s encouragement, Hendrix worked out the rest of the song in a dressing room of The Uppercut Club in London that afternoon, on December 26, 1966. Later that day, Hendrix would play a set, billed as “The American Top Soul Singer.”
–> Over the years, the interpretation of Hendrix’s lyrics for “Purple Haze” would come under scrutiny. At first, Hendrix stated they were derived from a dream. “I dream a lot and I put my dreams down as songs. I wrote one called ‘First Look Around the Corner’ and another called ‘The Purple Haze,’ which was about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.” He later said he had written a thousand words about a “mythical scene,” but the content was reduced to make the single more radio-friendly.
Sometime later, Hendrix claimed that the song was inspired by an experience with a woman in New York. He said that he was transfixed by her, as if she was using voodoo magic over him. “He [the song’s protagonist] likes this girl so much, that he doesn’t know what [state] he’s in, ya know. A sort of daze, I suppose. That’s what the song is all about.”
–> There ar also the drug references associated with “Purple Haze”. While never confirmed, lyrics like “purple haze, all in my brain” optimistically indicate psychedelic drug use. The song has become a symbol of the ’60s counterculture and has since lent its name to a strain of cannabis. Of course, countless debates have been waged through the years regarding the line, “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” which many people initially heard as “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.” Various people through the years have referenced this point as evidence of Hendrix’s allegedly fluid sexuality, though that aspect of his personal life has been frequently downplayed by his estate.
Regardless of what it meant, the Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded the song two weeks later, on January 11th, 1967. After some overdubs and producing, the song was released as a single on March 17th. The Experience’s debut album, Are You Experienced? (featuring “Purple Haze”) would be released a couple of months later. The rest, as they say, is music history…
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Purple Haze” – Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival –> –>
Read the story behind "Purple Haze," one of Jimi Hendrix’s most famous songs, which he wrote in a London dressing room on this day in 1966.