Guitar Solo as Poetry Reading

“To me a guitar is kind of like a woman.
                                 Waylon Jennings

Check out Hendrix at Monterey at 1:33.  See

Guitar solo as cunnilingus giving an audience of thousands pure aural pleasure.

Patti Smith responds to Hendrix's macho solo in her performance of Hey Joe on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1976 beginning at 6:08.  See

Guitar solo as tribbing. 

Sonic Smith and Lenny Kaye are considered guitar gods, but Smith's playing never ceases to interest me as well.  This solo is incredibly allusive.  For example, it is amazing as a gendered  response to Hendrix at Monterey, who Smith eulogized on the Horses album.  A fitting tribute in a sense.  It also functions as frottage, a queering of Hendrix in an over-the-top parody of guitar god stroking.  Furthermore, Smith's frantic rubdown refers back to the locker room rape depicted in Land, which leads into Hey Joe.

Hendrix's version of Hey Joe is truly remarkable, but I have come to prefer Smith's as I think it possesses far more depth and power.  In my opinion, Patti outduels Hendrix here.  Her solo is not only a sexual performance, it is an act of poetry.



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