Jimi Hendrix at home, Brook Street, London, 1969. Photo by Barrie Wentzell.
This week, Jimi Hendrix charted a Top Five album, when the new posthumous album Valleys Of Neptune entered the Billboard Top 200 at #4. It's been 40 years since Jimi died at just shy of his 28th birthday. Nobody else has ever had an album in the Top Five so long after their death. Elvis Presley was the previous record-holder with an album that charted 26 years after he died. It's Jimi's third posthumous Top Five album, and it dragged no fewer than three other Hendrix albums into the current Billboard 200 with it.
There was some revising of history going on in photography, too. This week, the Associated Press is re-captioning a 68-year-old photograph. For many years, the picture above was believed to show the infamous Bataan Death March in the Phillipines. But an 87-year-old veteran, John E. Love of Albuquerque, N.M., remembered it differently. He believed it showed a burial detail in the weeks that followed the march itself; he knew, because he was there.
His memories eventually led to a months-long investigation by the AP, which eventually made the very unusual decision to revise the picture's caption, 65 years after the photo and caption were first released and 68 years after the event it depicts. The original picture is now in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
The story is on the wire, including here on MSNBC.
(Thanks to Bill Mitchell)
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