Message to Mitch
Mitch Mitchell, one of the lesser-known contributors to the British Invasion of the late 60s, passed away this week. Listen to his contributions to the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Rolling Stones's Rock and Roll Circus.
Mitch Mitchell died at age 61. Before joining the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he played with another amazing (but often overlooked) group, the Pretty Things, as well as the Blue Flames and John Lennon's ad hoc The Dirty Mac for the Rolling Stones's Rock and Roll Circus. Then, with the Experience, he played at Monterey, the Isle of Wight, and Woodstock. All of this, and when Jimi died, Mitch was only 23.
Encomiums are understandably being posted widely across greater blogdom, and Pitchfork helpfully compiled a selection of videos featuring the band and some of Mitchell's best work. I also find it worth noting that my very first post to the Digest featured the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The song linked below is a live performance from Berkeley of "Message to Love." Rest in peace, Mitch.