Jimi Hendrix Album Banned in Malaysia for Featuring Image of Lord Vishnu

"We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it," say the authorities.

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Jimi Hendrix's "Axis: Bold as Love" has been banned in Malaysia, 47 years after it was initially released. As the Malay Mail (via HenneMusic) is reporting, the reason for the ban is reportedly because the cover displays Hendrix and his bandmates as various forms of Lord Vishnu. An unidentified spokes person from the Home Ministry's Publication Control and Quranic Text unit said compact discs with the 1967 album cover art featuring the Hindu deity would be prohibited from entering the country and they would seize such CDs found in Malaysia:

"We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it," said the official. "We'll definitely take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities, whether it's Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other."

Hendrix himself was reportedly unhappy with the record sleeve, stating at the time of its release that "the three of us [the Jimi Hendrix Experience members] have nothing to do with what's on the Axis cover." The guitarist had initially wanted a cover that had an Indian motif - albeit a Native American Indian one - reflecting his own Native American heritage (his maternal grandmother was a cherokee). Rumor has it that the record company misunderstood Hendrix's instruction, hence the Hindu theme.

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    sam165
    I'm deeply embarrassed as a Malaysian. A country ruled by stupid government.
    0zzmosis
    "We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it," Sex you, you mothersexers... and sex your deity. Sex all deities in general. Note: replace each sex with a 4 letter F word.
    LittleRecording
    You know, a part of me, I wouldn't say understands, but I can see, if its across all believes and so, I could see how the idea comes from the right place. But on the other side, the much bigger side, begs and answer to the question: "really". Even though I am not a person of faith, I understand why people turn to faith and such, and with all due respect, if a box art from 47+ years is offending you or gets in the way of your faith, and more importantly makes it less of faith somehow, then its kinda a shallow foundation you have going for you there, and you might want to check your priorities, since again its a box art from a musician from another country from 45 years ago. If that affects you, well, yeah :|
    Bollockser
    Tell the Malaysians and all other cultures that repress women and sponsor terrorism worldwide to quit crying about their fairy tale idols and start crying for their crimes against humanity
    GuitardudeDK
    To be fair, stuff like this has happened a lot, and usually i just feel like it's weird and silly. While this still is, the reasoning behind it is decent enough in my opinion. It sort of does take a bit of a dump on their religion, and as he says, if the cover art isn't there, they don't mind at all. I can sorta get behind that.
    TomWhaley
    This Just In: Malaysia 47 Years Behind Music. "Just wait until the 80's" says rest of world. More at 11.
    BlackLabel5150
    Figured they'd be too busy looking for that missing jet to worry about a Hendrix vinyl.... makes sense.