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Jimi Hendrix

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(1942 – 1970)

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; 27th November at Seattle’s King County Hospital, 1942 - 18th September 1970) was a U.S. guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

Hendrix was not very popular in the U.S.A. at the outset of his musical career, only later gaining recognition after taking a trip to England in 1966 with The Animals’ Chas Chandler, where he subsequently formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. While The Experience quickly became popular in England, they remained relatively unrecognised outside the country. It was not until their 1967 performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in the States that The Experience became, quite literally overnight, one of the most popular bands of the era.

Hendrix was mostly self-taught on the guitar. He was ambidextrous but chose to play the guitar upside-down and re-strung for playing left-handed, which suggests that he was more comfortable left-handed. As a guitarist, he built upon the innovations of blues stylists such as B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters, as well as those of rhythm and blues and soul music guitarists such as Curtis Mayfield. Hendrix’s music was also influenced by jazz; he often cited Rahsaan Roland Kirk as his favourite musician. In addition, Hendrix extended the tradition of rock guitar; although previous guitarists, such as The KinksDave Davies, Jeff Beck, and The Who’s Pete Townshend, had employed techniques such as feedback, distortion and other effects as sonic tools, Hendrix was able to exploit them to a previously undreamed-of extent, and made them an integral part of his own private, unique genre, which he called “Red”.

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  • SadSpirits

    Happy birthday! Jim

    Yesterday 8:02pm Reply
  • matheusviola

    I don't believe in God, but if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist.

    Yesterday 2:37pm Reply
  • danielbonza

    ¡Feliz cumpleaños poderoso chamán!

    Yesterday 7:06am Reply
  • Nochek

    The God Of Sound.

    22 Nov 8:37am Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Hyped for his amazing guitar playing and but so underrated for his song writing ability. <3

    11 Nov 1:52pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    “I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” <3 --- Love Jimi (and the Experience).

    11 Nov 12:14pm Reply
  • METALEROARG

    I don't give a fuck about tags

    30 Oct 12:58am Reply
  • nolish

    <3

    29 Oct 10:35am Reply
  • NataMoskalets

    Your music helps me in a hard times.You are forever. Legend

    22 Oct 5:08pm Reply
  • TwistedLogic

    I use both tags (Hendrix and The Experience) depending on recording dates of songs. Anything recorded until 1969 goes to The Experience and the later stuff is just Jimi Hendrix. Of course it is a mess - you have to dig deep looking for recording dates as there are few tricky posthumous releases. For example the track "The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice" is released in 1967 as B-side, then in Smash Hits compilation in 1968 and one more time in the posthumous Loose Ends album in 1973. You have to give credit to Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding. Band of Gypsys also get some appreciation here, but unfortunately they didn't reach official status. It's a name given to the live band by Hendrix himself, first appearing at Woodstock festival as Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.

    18 Oct 10:19am Reply
  • RussellChap

    The first three albums were as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, then a live one under the The Band Of Gypsies name, then (posthumously) as Jimi Hendrix. I think the only official album as Jimi Hendrix was 'The Cry Of Love'. Then afterwards there are lots of cash-ins and bootlegs.

    11 Oct 9:23am Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    << Gary Clark Jr. ( If you want to hear a young electric blues guitar player who walks in the footsteps of Hendrix and SRV )

    8 Oct 4:37pm Reply
  • Juhwithguns

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience or just Jimi Hendrix?

    1 Oct 6:29pm Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Coolest motherfucker to ever exist

    30 Sep 9:09pm Reply
  • LongAway

    Everybody's wishing me a happy birthday... Everybody's wishing, wishing me well.. As a year comes around... When it comes, some people fall... But I'm happy... I'm still hanging around! :-)

    15 Sep 9:39am Reply
  • CousinEarl

    A God among men.

    9 Sep 10:52pm Reply
  • markbjb1972

    Electric Ladyland FTW. Please come to Brazil.

    9 Sep 6:45pm Reply
  • Sandronic

    Дажз гитаристы? а Sonny Sharrock как же ж?

    1 Sep 12:17pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    The beauty about Jimi's guitar playing is that he does all these mightily technical things with it but he never gives you the feeling he does it to show off (like so many other guitar virtuoso's), instead he does it to transfer emotions and spiritual energy in a more direct way than any artist before or after him ever could.

    28 Aug 10:55am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Jimi Hendrix

    25 Aug 10:17am Reply
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