But in the 60s and 70s heyday of album-oriented rock, it was about the band, and almost no one put together bands that better complemented his playing than Jimi Hendrix. But the meeting left me crushed. My only solution, the lawyer said, was to go back to the Philippines and accept a 10-year ban before I could apply to return legally.If Rich was discouraged, he hid it well. “Put this problem on a shelf,” he told me. “Compartmentalize it. Yet even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own. My first challenge was the language.