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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” -
Jules Larson lives and works in New Haven. He has had several solo exhibitions.
Jules' many community efforts include: rePublicArt's community banner exhibitions, and many elementary school residencies. As a member of the Free Artists of New Haven, Jules volunteers many hours as an activist to support social and economic equity in New Haven.
We crowd into Jimi's metal-fleck silver Stingray ("I want to paint it over – maybe black") for a sunrise drive to the waterfalls. ("I wish I could bring my guitar – and plug it in down there.") The talk is of puppies, daybreak, other innocentia. We climb down the rocks to the icy brook, then suddenly discover the car keys are missing. Everyone shuffles through shoulder pouches and wallets. "Hey, don't worry," Jimi says. "They'll turn up. No use being hassled about it now." Jimi's taking pictures and writing poetry. "I want to write songs about tranquility, about beautiful things," he says.
“I don't want to be a clown anymore. I don't want to be a 'rock and roll star,'" Jimi says, emphatically. The forces of contention are never addressed but their pervasiveness has taken its toll on Jimi's stamina and peace of mind. Trying to remain a growing artist when a business empire has nuzzled you to its bosom takes a toughness, a shrewdness. For those who have a hardness of conviction but not of temperament it isn't a question of selling out but of dying, artistically and spiritually. Refusing to die yet ill-equipped to fight dirty, many sensitive but commercially-lionized artists withdrew. I watch Jimi quietly digging the pictures of faraway people and places in a book, The Epic of Man ("South America ... wow, that's a whole different world. Have you ever been there?") and I wonder just where he will be and what he will be doing five years from now.
Excerpt from Rolling Stone - November 15, 1969
Jimi Hendrix: "I Don't Want to Be a Clown Anymore"
By Sheila Weller
Jimi died the following year September 18, 1970. At the age of 27, the American musician Jimi Hendrix died in London. One of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, he is described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music."