According to the Hendrix biography Room Full of Mirrors by Charles R. Cross. Jimi himself claimed to have left the military in 1962 due to a parachute jumping injury. Cross, on the other hand, says that army records show that Hendrix had been discharged for ‘homosexual tendencies’ after telling a base psychiatrist that he had fallen in love with a fellow soldier! The guitar god is even said to have originally enlisted for less-than-admirable reasons. Cross states that Jimi only joined the service to avoid jail time for stealing a car back in Seattle!


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