Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

 

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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".[1]

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the Chitlin' Circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager.[2] Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the U.S. after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the U.S.; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

Hendrix was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in utilizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He helped to popularize the use of a wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began."[3]

Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year, and in 1968, Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

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Both Sides of the Sky
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Both Sides of the Sky is an album by musical artist Jimi Hendrix, released on March 9, 2018.
Lover Man
Song
Lover Man is a song by musical artist Jimi Hendrix, released on February 22, 2018.
Mannish Boy
Song
Mannish Boy is a song by musical artist Jimi Hendrix, released on January 16, 2018.
Are You Experienced
 
Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by English-American rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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Julian Casablancas says Jimi Hendrix “didn’t have hits”
  –  March 12, 2018
The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has stated that Jimi Hendrix “didn’t have hits” in a new interview ... When quizzed on the role of The Strokes in Casablancas’ current life, the singer is typically evasive. “To me, the Strokes — I ...
First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'Both Sides Of The Sky'
  –  March 1, 2018
At this point, some 47 years after Jimi Hendrix' death, it's probably unrealistic to expect ... on "Things I Used To Do," and a figure from Hendrix' pre-stardom days, the singer and saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood, steps in for "Georgia Blues."
Julian Casablancas says Jimi Hendrix “didn’t have hits”
  –  March 12, 2018
When quizzed on how he sees the career path of Pink heading, Casablancas draws parallels to the iconic guitarist – “Jimi Hendrix: People don’t realise that it took years for him to get the acclaim that he has now,” he says. “You look at the ...
Jimi Hendrix 'Lover Man' Video Released
  –  March 12, 2018
(hennemusic) The team behind Jimi Hendrix is streaming a video for the previously-unreleased ... with the Band Of Gypsys alongside photographs and home movies of the iconic guitarist. Recorded in December of 1969 by the trio that would come to be known ...
Watch the Sensational Music Video for Jimi Hendrix’s Previously Unreleased “Lover Man”
  –  March 10, 2018
Experience Jimi Hendrix like you never have before ... The music video features archival footage of the legendary guitarist performing the song on his iconic “Flying V” guitar, cut between montages of home movies and photographs from Hendrix ...
New Guest-Filled Jimi Hendrix Studio Compilation Released [Listen]
  –  March 9, 2018
Every few years, rock aficionados are treated to another collection of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. The incomparable guitarist has put out 13 studio compilations since his untimely death, which is ten more than the three albums he released ...
New Jimi Hendrix album 'Both Sides of the Sky' reveals unreleased tracks
  –  March 9, 2018
Jimi Hendrix's legacy fell victim to numerous lawsuits and family quarrels. Meanwhile, a part of the family has established a company dealing with the legendary guitarist's legacy. Now yet another posthumous Jimi Hendrix album, titled "Both Sides of The ...
Eddie Kramer Completes Posthumous Jimi Hendrix Trilogy With 'Both Sides Of The Sky'
  –  March 9, 2018
Producer and engineer Eddie Kramer still remembers the first time he heard Jimi Hendrix play. It was 1967 and he was assigned to work with a young guitarist that everyone in London was talking about. "Jimi got up and plugged into the Marshall stack ...

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