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    Jimi Hendrix Army Photo and Book. After getting into trouble with the law over a stolen car, Hendrix traded a two-year jail sentence for a stint in the U.S. Army, enlisting on May 31, 1961. After boot camp in Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a trainee paratrooper. (Other paratrooper divisions would later claim that he was part of their unit.) His letters home indicated that Hendrix was adjusting to Army life and was very excited to be a part of the respected 101st Airborne. His military records, however, suggest that Hendrix was a less-than-stellar soldier, repeatedly caught sleeping while on duty and missing at bed-check.Tellingly, one superior said that "his mind apparently cannot function while performing duties and thinking about his guitar." On May 31, 1962, after one full year of service, Hendrix was recommended for discharge for behavior problems, and finally had time to pursue his music career. Hendrix would later state that the sound of air whistling through the parachute shrouds was one of the sources of his "spacy" guitar sound. Featured here is a Fort Ord Training Center boot camp graduation book featuring a photo of Hendrix and an 8" x 10" platoon photo that features the legendary guitarist in the back row, third from the left. Both are in Excellent condition with some minor wear to the book's spine.

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