I just finished a phone interview with David Kramer. We spoke for 2 hours of the 60's and some more about JIMI HENDRIX. David was at CBS Video for many years as an editor/producer and left a couple of years ago to concentrate on the LIFE of JIMI HENDRIX series which will probably air on PBS or HBO in 2003. He has videotaped 250 interviews all over the world delving into the life of JIMI. The Cafe' au Go Go figures prominently in the story in that I played him and connected him with Charles Chandler (Animals) who brought JIMI to London and in two short years developed him into a major Superstar. I enjoyed the relaxed conversation and I hope helped him to move his project along. I wish I could provide him with some of the audiotape of Jimi, B.B., Butterfield jams but the material is in Tony Arnold's studio in France and I no longer have any access to it as well as the Fred Neil material. We talked about the inequities in the music business and how an amazing number of stars and musicians who played on mega hit albums and are today broke and near starving because of the unscrupulous business tactics of the record companies, publishers, attornies, who prey on the naivette and trusting nature of the artists. Perhaps one day it will all change as more protections develop to give the artist his rightful shares. He asked me why I dont sue and go after my stolen material and royalties and I said, I just want it out there, released, and that money and law suits would only stand in the way and I don't want to spend the valuable time on something old and gone when my energies are better spent on things that are new and relevent. Of course I'd love to have control of my archive but it just isnt to be for now.
Edited 3/13/2002 3:50:58 AM ET by solomoney