A Purplish Haze: The Science Fiction Vision of Jimi Hendrix

The boy insisted on being called "Buster." It wasn't his real name. That didn't matter. He idolized Buster Crabbe, the dashing, square-jawed actor who portrayed the interplanetary hero Flash Gordon in the Universal Studios serial of the same name. In them, Flash travels to the planet Mongo in a rocketship, where he encounters alien races, rights wrongs, and dazzles the camera with his suave, blond-haired good looks.The boy named Buster was not blond. He was African-American with a branch of...

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