MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Jimi Hendrix’ final interview, Morrissey to headline music festival, & Radiohead’s Thom Yorke does film soundtrack

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Hulton Archive/Getty Image

The last interview that Jimi Hendrix gave, a week before his death in 1970, has been given the “Blank On Blank” animation treatment.

On September 11, 1970, noted music writer Keith Altham conducted the last interview with Jimi Hendrix, one week before Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 in London at the age of 27. The PBS series “Blank on Blank” got a hold of the interview and transformed it into another animated dimension.

Blank on Blank uses old interview audio and new animation to bring back some of the greats in music and entertainment. The series has done shorts on Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Lou Reed, among many others.

Michael Muller
Michael Muller

Morrissey will play four nights at the Sydney Opera House this May for the annual Vivid Live festival.  The ex-Smiths frontman is the first headliner announced for the 18-day fest, which last year featured 80 live shows across a string of Sydney sites.


The Vivid Live Festival in Sydney starts May 18th and is billed as a “unique annual event of light, music and ideas”, and has featured performances from artists such as the Cure, Giorgio Moroder, the Pixies and the late Lou Reed. Brian Eno curated the first Vivid Live in 2009.


Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack have released a free soundtrack to “UK Gold,”  an upcoming documentary on tax avoidance in Britain.  The 12-song score was composed by the musicians and is available to stream via the UK Uncut website now. It also features contributions from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, and Euan Dickinson.

UK Gold, which explores the history of tax avoidance, is directed by Mark Donne and narrated by actor Dominic West.

Watch a clip from the film below.

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