Jimi Hendrix: 'I dig Strauss and Wagner'

The guitar legend's love for the great composers is revealed in a new collection of interviews, Starting at Zero: His Own Story.

The Clash

Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix said he planned to blend a 'new form of classical music' in his new collection of interviews, Starting at Zero: His Own Story.

"I want to be part of a big new musical expansion," he says in an excerpt published in Sunday's Observer . "We are going to stand still for a while and gather everything we've learned musically in the last 30 years, and we are going to blend all the ideas that worked into a new form of classical music. It's going to be something that will open up a new sense in people's minds."

He added: "I dig Strauss and Wagner, those cats are good, and I think they are going to form the background of my music."

Starting at Zero brings Hendrix's interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries and raps together in one narrative volume, offering an insight into the intensely private man. The book is to be accompanied by a film, intended for cinema release early next year.

Wagner

Richard Wagner Composer Richard Wagner

Discover Wagner: full biography, news, features and music to play and download.