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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: Isle Of Wight residents not happy about Hendrix statue. Reply with quote

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A life-size statue of rock legend Jimi Hendrix is causing an uproar on the Isle Of Wight after it was erected outside the former home of celebrated 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. The bronze figure commemorates the late guitarist's appearance at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival shortly before his fatal drug overdose.

But residents on the island, located off the south coast of England, insist it is out of keeping with the Victorian surroundings of the Dimbola Lodge estate, which overlooks Freshwater Bay.

David Lewis, secretary of Freshwater Bay Residents' Association, says, "I do not object to a Hendrix statue but have always had reservations about it being at Dimbola. Freshwater is very much a Victorian town. To some extent it has lost its identity and I do not think that a statue of Hendrix will help it find it."

Another resident, Jean Boulton, argues, "By all accounts he was a drug user and not the sort of person we should be celebrating here."

The figure was installed last week.


http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2006/06/05/residents_of_english_island_object_to_ji
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing you found that bbww all the way over in the US I never heard of it and here I am in London.

However from a different angle for everyone interest...

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Life-Sized JIMI HENDRIX Statue Erected In Isle Of White
2006-06-02 07:44:39


The following report is courtesy of Gavin Foster from Iwcp.co.uk:

Almost 36 years since his death shortly after playing the great Afton Down Festival of 1970, guitar hero JIMI HENDRIX has returned to the scene of his last major live appearance. A life-size statue of Hendrix has been erected in specially designed grounds at Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater, former home of an altogether more genteel cultural pioneer, Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Dimbola trustee John Giddings, who is also promoter of the Nokia IW Festival, came up with the idea of honouring Hendrix. And although those who run Dimbola swiftly embraced the idea, other Freshwater residents say the statue is inappropriate.

Freshwater Residents' Association has written to Dimbola raising concerns and members were recently involved in a heated exchange with Dimbola's president, Ron Smith, at the charity's annual meeting. Dimbola chairman Dr Brian Hinton denied juxtaposing Hendrix - who died after a drink and drugs overdose - and Cameron was incongruous.
He said both artists had similarities. Both were from ethnic backgrounds and both pushed the boundaries of their chosen instruments - Hendrix through his guitar and Cameron with her camera. He said it was also entirely appropriate that the 1970 IW Festival - the largest event of its type yet staged in this country - should be marked in Freshwater.

He said: "I am really angry at the reaction of one or two people, loudmouths who contribute nothing to the Island.
"Where was their concern for the site when it was about to be demolished to make way for flats? I have heard plans for a full opening ceremony were shelved because John Giddings, being the nice man he is, didn't want to offend anyone. I think that is a terrible shame."

The bronze model of Hendrix in 1970 Afton pose was created by Putney-based sculptor John Swindells. It is set in a garden designed and created by Lee Daniel of Ryde-based LD Transformations.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps the good residents of freshwater who object to Hendrix for being a "drug user" should have a look at the historical pharmacetical documents of Queen Victoria who used to holiday on the Island in her famous residence there Osborne House.

Apparently she was rather partial to large quantities cannibas tincture, opium and cocaine..for medicinal purposes of course!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Georgina wrote:
Amazing you found that bbww all the way over in the US I never heard of it and here I am in London.


I'd love to take the credit, I'd just did a Google news search. Wink


Georgina wrote:
Perhaps the good residents of freshwater who object to Hendrix for being a "drug user" should have a look at the historical pharmacetical documents of Queen Victoria who used to holiday on the Island in her famous residence there Osborne House.

Apparently she was rather partial to large quantities cannibas tincture, opium and cocaine..for medicinal purposes of course!


Oh snap.. Maybe if the Queen played through Marshall amps they'd have a problem with her too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just discovered recently. Julia Margaret Cameron is the great aunt of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury group of artists and writers. Their mother Julia Duckworth was often a subject of many of her photographs.

They were a very good group of artists and were very bohemian. "They live in squares and loved in triangles." It was said of them. Orlando by Virginia Wolf-partly an ode to her lover Vita Sackville-West- is an amazing novel and so ahead of it's times in the issues it deals with. I remeber seeing such a good film version of it.

It's actualy quite apt the Jimi statue is there. I dont think they would have found him offensive in the least! what a shame they didn't have an opening ceremony.
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