Jimi Hendrix Performs "Hey Joe"
Hats off to Janie Hendrix and Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. for publishing so many previously unreleased songs and live versions of familiar songs in recent years, all with the highest production quality, and thanks to the Monroe County Library System for bringing such music to me free.
Murder ballads like this were the target of Hurray for the Riff Raff, my favorite band with a transgender fiddler, with their song "The Body Electric" suggesting such songs were about "violence against women." They are, but they aren't. Cisgender Alynda Lee Segarra's moral grandstanding is far too simplistic.
It is true that Joe "shot his woman down" because "he caught her messin' round with another man," but did Joe act out of misogyny or jealousy? Murder is the wrong legal and moral choice, but it can be understandable. Less understandable is today's man's resignation to being cucked.