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Did dick (yes, with a small "d") Cavett show Hendrix proper respect?
American media in the 60s treated rock musicians with contempt - although Mike Douglass and Ed Sullivan were notable exceptions. Dick Cavett was always pretentious - not just to Jimi Hendrix, but to everyone.
Didn't seem like a dick to me. OTOH Hendrix seemed like he was truly wrapped up in that 60s hippy trippy mumbo jumbo.
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Yeah, he was pretty dry and could definitely come off as being a pretentious prick but more in the 'elitist university professor' way rather than just a dismissive sort of way.
My guess is if you could have asked Jimi what he thought of Cavett three days after that show, he'd probably have responded, 'Seems nice enough on the tube but I've never met him so I don't really know.'
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I did not sense any disrespect at all. That was Cavett's sense of humor. At that time, he was the "hip" talk show host. If I remember correctly, Jimi only appeared on The Dick Cavett Show. I think Jimi appeared again after Woodstock.
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Dick Cavett was very well-liked by musicians who considered Cavett cool--which is why so many musicians appeared on his show, even though they seemed to, otherwise, eschew appearing on TV.
Another cool appearance is a very young Frank Zappa on the Steve Allen show. While Allen definitely had fun with the idea of Zappa playing a solo on the bicycle, it was clearly with the understanding that Zappa was having fun with it himself, and there was never an air of condescension toward his guest. In fact, right after Zappa's performance, Allen mentioned that it reminded him of the work of Alwin Nikolais, describing him as a very gifted composer.
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