The second album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967’s Axis: Bold As Love, has been banned in Malaysia, 47 years after its release.
The reason for this decision is because the cover — which shows Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell as Hindu deity Vishnu — could offend some religious beliefs. A spokesman for the Home Ministry Publication Control and Koranic Text Department says, “If it uses Lord Vishnu’s image, then of course we won’t allow it. We’ll take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities – whether it’s Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other.”
Hendrix also wasn’t a fan of the cover. He asked that it be representative of his American Indian culture. The art department at Reprise misunderstood and commissioned an idea taken from the culture of India.
I was never a big fan of the cover myself…but I loved the music..