One Legend Draws Another
Over on openculture.com, they have just alerted us to some wonderful drawings that Moebius did of Jimi Hendrix and we had to share them. Thanks to Jason Thibault for tipping us off too…
Here’s a few details from openculture.com about the images:
The 1995 release of posthumous Jimi Hendrix compilation Voodoo Soup has divided fans and critics for over two decades now. But whatever its merits, its cover art should hold an honored place in every Hendrix fan’s collection. Drawn by the legendary cult comic artist Moebius from a photograph of Hendrix eating soup in France , it captures the sound Hendrix was moving toward at the end of his life—his head exploding in flames, or mushroom clouds, or pink psychedelic bronchial tubes. The image comes from a larger gatefold, excerpted below, which Moebius drew for the French double LP Are You Experienced/Axis: Bold as Love in 1975.
Journalist Jean-Nöel Coghe was apparently very upset that he did not even receive mention for taking the original photo, but in the nineties he and Moebius came together again for a project that would do them both credit, a book called Emotions électriques that Coghe wrote of his experiences travelling through France as Hendrix’s guide during the Experience’s first tour of the country in 1967.
Moebius provided the book’s illustrations, many of which you can see above, “each of them,” as the publisher’s description has it, “imagining Hendrix in a classic Moebius landscape of dreams.”
Obviously a huge Hendrix fan, Moebius is in many ways as responsible for the psychedelic space race of the 1970s as the guitarist himself. His work in the French comic magazine Métal hurlant—Heavy Metal in the American version—epitomised the sci-fi and fantasy elements that came to dominate heavy rock. His work with Alejandro Jodorowsky on the Chilean visionary filmmaker’s aborted Dune is the stuff of legend.
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