Yesterday morning I listened to The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first album, Are you experienced? As a sort of homage to Mitch Mitchell, the Experience’s drummer, who died on Thursday (13 November). I was too young to see Hendrix live, alas, but I certainly saw the film, back in 1973. He was a prodigy; certainly as revolutionary as Paganini in his day. Anecdote has it that, having seen Hendrix’s extraordinary talent, the great Eric Clapton thought about giving up. All this leads me on to a spurious rhetorical question: is air guitar to modern music the equivalent of pretending to conduct a non-existent orchestra to classical music?