Read the original (banned) booklet story for the Jimi Hendrix :Woodstock CD

The Reviews:

"Best Reissue of 1994"
- Rolling Stone - January 1995

"Jimi Hendrix :Woodstock...includes an essay by Hendrix scholar Michael Fairchild, who rhapsodizes that Hendrix made his guitar sound like 'jet engine orgasms.'"

- Los Angeles Times - June 21, 1994

"Liner notes are by Michael Fairchild of Rochester, a veritable walking archive of Hendrix lore."

- Democrat & Chronicle - August 7, 1994

"In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, MCA Records announced this week the release of Jimi Hendrix :Woodstock, a musical celebration of Hendrix's famous head-lining appearance at the Aquarian Age's ultimate music festival. The release includes a 28-page booklet with an extensive behind-the-scenes Woodstock history written by Hendrix scholar Michael Fairchild, author of A Touch Of Hendrix. On the then-new tune, Izabella, Hendrix debuts the Univibe, a new electronic device that, in Fairchild's words, 'makes his guitar sound like jet engine or orgasms.' The band closes with an etheral A-minor masterpiece known as Villanova Junction Blues, 'Like a butterfly floating to a halt,' Fairchild concludes, 'this serene prayer returns the audience to their futures.' Hendrix's technique was so revolutionary that many of the things he did 25 years ago remain a mystery to this day."

- Sacramento Observer - July 27, 1994

"Jimi Hendrix is arguably the greatest electic guitarist who has ever lived. You won't get any argument from local Hendrix historian, Michael Fairchild. He's a paid consultant on MCA's new Jimi Hendrix :Woodstock CD and home video. And take a look at what Fairchild's doing at Woodstock this weekend: The Jimi Hendrix Exhibition is a multi-media tribute to the rock legend, and, since it was Michael Fairchild's idea, he'll accompany it this weekend. The Exhibition has been touring the country for about a year now and it's part of Woodstock '94's free 6-acre 'Mind Expansion Village.'"

- R-News TV, Rochester, NY - August 11, 1994

"MCA released ':Woodstock' in 1994, and 'Live at Woodstock' in 1999. :Woodstock (1994) was one of the crown jewels of the Alan Douglas regime, a masterpiece of compression…The booklets that came with the releases are the area on which I want to focus. The :Woodstock (1994) booklet features an essay by Michael Fairchild. The more current essay (1999) was written by a man named David Fricke, a name I have never seen in association with Jimi Hendrix's music. These two essays approach the Woodstock show in completely different ways.

"Before I begin to discuss the content of Fricke's essay, I want to mention a couple of typographical errors….So what if there's a word missing here or there? So what if David Fricke doesn't know what a serial comma is, right? So what if some of his longer paragraphs are actually one sentence? Why do these things matter? They matter because they are indicative of an overall attitude: an attitude of ignoring details within the essay…is Fricke saying that the Woodstock performance of Beginnings was never released in complete form until 1999?...the 1994 MCA release of the same concert includes the complete version of Beginnings.

"Grammar and punctuation are not two of Jane [Fujita] [producer of Live at Woodstock] areas of expertise. I do think it's funny to see everyone thanked with a picture of garbage as the visual backdrop for the text…The Live at Woodstock booklet is full of the same old tired euphemisms, the same old statements about the "Star Spangled Banner," the same old insights that are about as insightful as the religiously-themed thank-you notes on the last page. Michael Fairchild's essay on Hendrix at Woodstock is much more interesting than Fricke's essay. Perhaps the most revealing difference between the two essays is the frequency with which the authors quote Hendrix himself. There are 18 Hendrix quotes in the Fairchild essay; Fricke quotes Hendrix in his essay only two times…Fairchild also quoted the event organizers, the people who worked at the scene, and other musicians who performed at Woodstock. Fricke's only lengthy quote comes from a man who was neither at Woodstock nor old enough to remember it. There are no bibliographical notes in the Live at Woodstock booklet, no real suggestions for further reading. Is David Fricke worth reading at all?...I am disturbed by this decision to sacrifice honesty and accuracy in the name of poorly-written prose."

- Alex Thayer in Seattle - Internet Review - 1999

[NOTE: Paul Allen and Jane Fujita replaced Michael Fairchild's "Woodstock Hurricane Story" with the "uninteresting" and "same old tired euphemisms" junk by Mr. Fricke that Mr. Thayer notes above. Allen and Fujita's "new" Hendrix company aims to dumb-down Jimi's legacy and promote their "releases" to a tiny crowd of non-thinking collectors and guitar greasers. Most of the products they put out are purchased by "billionaire" Paul Allen's organization to make it appear that a significant number of people are interested. Their main concern is to persuade media everywhere to follow their example and conceal all insights from Michael Fairchild. The booklet stories they have replaced Michael's insights with are totally insignificant, they are intentionally uninteresting and designed to be mere filler in the packaging. Their aim is to snuff out all connections that Jimi's story naturally has with universal concerns and instead promote embarrassing superficiality, while simultaneously hiding Michael's insights.

- James Sedgewick]


Woodstock Diary CD, booklet by Michael Fairchild,
on Atlantic Records 1994.

"Hendrix's words and music are being kept alive by a man who is known all over the world as one of the top authorities on Hendrix; Michael Fairchild. Fairchild is working on a CD called On The Road, it will be a double CD of the best of the unreleased live concert music and is due out in September. He has also compiled a manuscript entitled Rock Prophecy, which contains quotes from every source available concerning the non-musical side of Hendrix. 'I want to take the concept of Rock Prophecy and introduce it to people who don't know anything about the music of Hendrix and show how it pertains to religion and American history. Jimi had a vision and was trying to communicate it to the world'...Fairchild was also involved with the release of Woodstock Diary (Atlantic Records - August 1994) [see right], a compilation of songs that did not appear on the original soundtrack for Woodstock."

- BackFlash Magazine - August 1995

Dominator Blues - A report on the 2003 PBS program, The Blues, produced by Paul Allen, which like his 2001 Evolution program, and Deep Impact movie, continues this Microsoft founder's obsession with producing low-brow rebuttals to Rock Prophecy. Dominator Blues links to the original booklet text for the 1994 MCA release of the Jimi Hendrix :Blues CD, which, in a fit of jealousy, Mr. Allen had banned from the market.

Rock Prophecy vs. Evolution - A report on the 2001 PBS program produced by Paul Allen, his convoluted attempt to "answer" the concepts in Rock Prophecy.

Jimi Code vs. Da Vinci Code - Da Vinci Code contains dozens of sections that overlap (some are near word-for-word) with Rock Prophecy.

[NOTE: Please be aware that for years the owners and staff at the Yahoo search engine have artificially/surgically removed this rockprophecy.com website from all listings under the words "jimi hendrix." Following the example of Paul Allen, the owners of Yahoo are intent on concealing the insights and research of Hendrix scholar Michael Fairchild, out of sheer pathological jealousy.
- James Sedgwick]

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