When Jimi Hendrix met Spock: the incredible story of the guitar legend's encounter with a sci-fi icon

Leonard Nimoy and Jimi Hendrix
(Image credit: Future / Adam Forster)

Being a musicologist is like being a detective, especially when you’re tracking the artifacts of legendary performers who have passed. You research not in musty libraries but often in conversation with the survivors and cohorts of genius, following leads that take you down sonic wormholes and cultural tributaries. 

I’ve always compared digging up the truth about a legend like Jimi Hendrix to the journalist in Citizen Kane who searches for his quarry’s Rosebud. It’s like foraging for runes in the Great Pyramids, except instead of sarcophagi, you dig up priceless Stratocasters, rare minutiae of photographs and sagas of performances long since silenced.

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Noë Gold was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine.