The Beatles were part of the establishment – White Album was slammed by legendary rocker

The Beatles were part of the establishment – White Album was slammed by legendary rocker

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By 1968 The Beatles had announced they would no longer be touring. After becoming fed up with the screaming and life on the road, the Fab Four decided to retire as performing artists and simply become recording artists. Shortly thereafter they released their ninth album, The White Album, to critical acclaim. One of their peers, however, was not impressed by it.

Jimi Hendrix was a passionate fan of The Beatles throughout the 1960s.

Throughout the same decade, his popularity grew, with such chart-topping hits as Hey Joe and Purple Haze.

After The White Album was released, he was quoted as saying: “People are starting to get a little more hep to music nowadays.

“I think The Beatles are going toward the past a little more.” (Via Cheat Sheet)

Hendrix was particularly displeased with The White Album.

He called it “an inventory of the past ten years, rock music you know”.

He added: “There’s a lot of people waiting for something else to happen now, anyway.”

The American rocker also singled out a specific song he didn’t think was very inspired.

Jimi Hendrix performs at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970

Hendrix pointed at the song Happiness Is a Warm Gun as an example of the band’s “declining talent”.

He went on: “The Beatles are part of the establishment. They’re starting to melt that way too.”

Despite Hendrix’s comments, The White Album was extremely successful. The record topped charts in the UK and US.

Since its release, The White Album has been certified 24x platinum.

Previously, Hendrix had praised the band’s creativity.

He said: “They’re one group that you can’t really put down because they’re just too much.”

He also famously made his debut in London covering The Beatles’ song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on stage just days after its release.

Paul McCartney later recalled: “Jimi was a sweetie, a very nice guy. I remember him opening at the Saville on a Sunday night, 4th June 1967. Brian Epstein used to rent it when it was usually dark on the Sunday.

“Jimi opened, the curtains flew back and he came walking forward playing Sgt Pepper, and it had only been released on the Thursday so that was like the ultimate compliment.”

McCartney went on: “It’s still obviously a shining memory for me because I admired him so much anyway, he was so accomplished.

“To think that that album had meant so much to him as to actually do it by the Sunday night, three days after the release.

“He must have been so into it because normally it might take a day for rehearsal and then you might wonder whether you’d put it in, but he just opened with it.”


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