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Post 45: Accent colours

Wonderful colours

Wonderful colours

So what colour springs to mind when you think of Hendrix? For some reason orange popped into my head. I think possibly because we borrowed a wonderful velvet jacket from EMP in Seattle for an exhibition we held here in 2010 and I think that is a strong visual memory for me. The other colour is pink – the colouring of the lettering on the Are You Experienced album cover but it is hard to know how much input Hendrix had in that, particularly given his views on one of his other album covers.

I know that colours were important to Hendrix and it is thought he may have had synaesthesia, which is a “union of the senses” when two of the five senses that are normally separate are automatically joined together. So for Hendrix this would have meant experiencing colour when he heard sounds. Certainly the clip from the about-to-be-released movie that is bouncing around the internet at the moment suggests colour was important to him.

Apparently some people who have synaesthesia can also experience taste, smell, shape or touch in almost any combination. Can you imagine how handy it would be if you skipped lunch and just looking at the colour yellow made you think you could taste a  cheese sandwich – could save money, time and waistline…

Enthusiasm level: Glorious inspirational rainbows
Progress: All about the look
Quote: “Surely not purple?”


About Sarah Bardwell

Handel & Hendrix in London Trustee and leading the team that is reinstating, in the adjoining building, Jimi Hendrix's London flat to open to the public. Quirky twist of chance meant that baroque legend Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in the 18th century and that rock legend Hendrix lived next door in the 1960s.

2 comments on “Post 45: Accent colours

  1. Robert Padam
    15 July 2014

    ‘Must there be all these colours,
    Without names, without sounds?’

  2. Anny S
    15 July 2014

    Gone but not forgotton-re a triallist for Oxford United in friendly last Saturday a certain Miles Welch ‘Purple’ Hayes -a forum post read “Assist by Purple Hayes – kiss the sky!”

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