Documents concerning Jimi Hendrix's arrest in Sweden, January 1968,
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Documents concerning Jimi Hendrix's arrest in Sweden, January 1968,
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Documents concerning Jimi Hendrix's arrest in Sweden,
January 1968,
comprising twenty-four sheets in Swedish and one with English text, containing a report of the incident leading to Jimi's arrest, statements from various witnesses, including a porter from the Hotel Opalen, Mitch Mitchell and Jimi himself, a list of the costs of the damage Jimi caused to a hotel room, and a Prohibition To Leave The Country, in English, signed in blue ballpoint by Jimi, the first paragraph reading, American subject Hendrix James Marshall born on 27/11 42 is on reasonable grounds suspected of having committed damage at Gothenburg on 4th January 1968 There is reason to believe that he/she might abscond or otherwise evade legal proceedings or punishment. For this reason the public prosecutor Curt Bokelund has this day issued an order of prohibition to leave the country..., the document further stating that Jimi should report daily to the Gothenburg police at 14:00 hours from 9th January, this sheet 21 x 29.5cm (8¼ x 11½in)

Footnotes

  • The Experience arrived in Gothenburg on 3rd January for several dates in Scandinavia. After a concert in the city that night, Jimi and Mitch went out clubbing and returned to their hotel, the Opalen, in the early hours. Around 4am, after complaints about noise, the night receptionist, Per Magnusson, let himself into Mitch's room and found almost everything in it had been damaged and Jimi himself lying on the bed with his right hand bleeding quite badly. The police were called and several officers were needed to calm Jimi down. He was handcuffed, taken to the police station and charged with damage to the hotel room. He claimed that he had not drunk a great deal but believed his drinks must have been spiked and this caused him to become agitated enough to smash the room up.

    After concerts in Copenhagen and Stockholm, Mitch and Noel went back to England whilst Jimi returned to Gothenburg, and on the 16th he appeared in court. He was fined 3,200 Swedish Crowns, equivalent to about £200 at the time.

    Literature:
    'Jimi Hendrix Electric Gypsy', Harry Shapiro & Caesar Glebbeek, William Heinemann Ltd., 1990, pps. 238-240.
    'The Hendrix Experience', Mitch Mitchell & John Platt, Pyramid Books, 1990, p. 86.
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