03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

French Students Need To Know Their Jimi Hendrix To Pass High School Degree Exam...

When France's high school students sit next June for the exam that determines if they graduate, culture-and-arts majors will be quizzed on a song by 1960s drugs-and-love rock icon Jimi Hendrix, according to the education ministry.

"Acting funny but I don't know why, excuse me while I kiss the sky," Hendrix sang in his 1967 classic "Purple Haze", taken as a paean to mind-altering substances by the baby-boom generation now approaching retirement.

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