Oct. 22, 2022 – Philip Norman’s 2020 book Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix, detailed Hendrix’s life prior to fame as well as his career after his breakout. Hendrix’s father was born with extra fingers on his hands, which was considered a mark of the devil back then. As a result, his extra fingers were starved of blood until they fell off. 

“The youngest of their four children, James Allen — always to be known as Al — arrived in 1919, strong and healthy but with an extra finger on each hand,” Norman wrote. “Back then, such infant deformities were widely believed to be marks of the Devil for which, not long previously, the luckless infant would have been quietly suffocated. However, infanticide had given way to do-it-yourself amputation: Zenora [James’ mother, Jimi’s grandmother] was advised to bind the superfluous digits with silk cords, starving them of blood until they simply dropped. This they did, only to grow back in an undersized, shriveled form, complete with miniature nails.” 


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