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Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix
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Who is Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix (Born in Johnny Allan Hendrix) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was known for his masterful guitar playing and for his work with his band "The Jimi Hendrix Experience". Jimi Hendrix is considered the most influential guitarist and one of the best musicians of all time. despite having a short mainstream career lasting only four years.
Having been born 1942, Jimi Hendrix was exposed a variety of genres.Many of which include jazz, funk, rock, R&B and soul. He drew influence from many artists of his generation. Early influences include B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Holly, and Robert Johnson. These musicians were a few of the most influential and early pioneers of rock and roll. Jimi incorporated the multitude of genres and techniques to create a truly other worldly playing style.
Jimi Hendrix set the bar for all guitarists and musicians alike. Jimi Hendrix made a huge impact on music despite having a short mainstream career of only four years! Unlike many musicians however, he was unable to read or write music which was truly remarkable because of what he was capable of. He fully explored the range of the electric guitar and has done what no musician has ever thought of doing. Jimi is known for his technical ability and creative application of different devices such as the wah wah and distortion which heavily influenced rock and roll and modern music today!
Jimi Hendrix's Legacy
Origins
Who Jimi Hendrix has influenced
Jimi Hendrix has influenced a multitude of guitarist, many of them virtuosos. A few guitarists include Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Besides guitarists, he has also influenced multiple artists such as Drake who said that the he was a big fan of Jimi Hendrix and that his latest tour would was inspired by him.
Jimi Hendrix's Influences
Jimi Hendrix (whose birth name was Johnny Allan Hendrix) was born on November 27th, 1942 to Lucille Jeter and James "Al" Hendrix. James was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama when his son was born but took responsibility for raising his son when he returned. At the age of four, Jimi's father had changed his sons to James Marshall Hendrix. Al bought Jimi his first guitar, a second hand acoustic guitar which cost $5. One year later, Jimi's father bought him an electric guitar,
Supro Ozark 1560 S.
Rise to Fame
Jimi met Chas Chandler, former bassist of the Animals. Chandler convinced Hendrix to move to London. When he moved to Britain, he discovered and absorbed the British "psychedelic" movement and it was at this time when he changed his name to Jimi. While in Britian, he formed a band consisting of bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, this band would later be known as "The Jimi Hendrix Experience". Jimi achieved widespread fame in Britain.
Later years
Jimi Hendrix found fame in America because of his performance with his band at Monterey International Pop Festival in Monterey, California. The Rock & Roll hall of fame described the performance as a "virtuosity and mastery of the emerging psychedelic style". The Experience recorded 2 more albums, Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland. Axis: Bold As Love as known as an album-length experience, and Electric Ladyland had a sound that exhibited Hendrix's otherworldly, electronic, alien like sound. Jimi had performed multiple times, his most notable performance was Monterey and Woodstock, which would go down in Rock and Roll history as one of the best performances.
Signs of Fatigue and Death
By 1970, Jimi Hendrix showed signs of exhaustion due to non-stop work, pressure, creative demands, drug use, and him becoming a sudden celebrity. This was evident in his mediocre performance at the Isle of Wright Festival during the August of that year. His last performance was on September 6th. Jimi Hendrix passed away on the 18th from the inhalation of his own vomit due to intoxication. Jimi Hendrix was 27.
Psychedelic Era (Psychedelia)
During the 1960's many would use drugs such as LSD or Acid. This would affect the cognitive and perceptive ability, this would alter the view of a persons view on the world. Artists and musicians alike who were on these drugs would try to replicate the experience by using "highly distorted and surreal visuals, sound effects and reverberation, and bright colors and full spectrums and animation (stated by wikipedia)". Jimi Hendrix along with a few other notable groups, such as the Beatles, are a few examples of those whose music would have been "psychedelic".
References

http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/jimi
http://rockhall.com/inductees/the-jimi-hendrix-experience/bio/
http://www.slashparadise.com/background/influences-slash.php
http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-discusses-his-roots-his-rep-and-his-latest-album-1986-guitar-world-interview
http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/flashback-eddie-van-halens-first-interview/152258
http://www.rockhall.com/inductees/the-jimi-hendrix-experience/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gln7r
American influence over Jimi
There were many Americans who influenced Jimi Hendrix. Jimi's style of play was unique because of his capability to "fuse " different genres together, something quite unique in its time. Jimi was born at a time where some of musics finest made a huge splash in the American music industry. Many aspiring musicians drew influence from them, one of these musicians was Jimi Hendrix.
Success!
Jimi achieved widespread fame in Britain. The Experience's first three singles “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary” all made the British top 10. Their debut album, "Are you Experienced?", was released on May 1967. It reached #2 in the U.K and stayed on the charts for 8 months. The was released in the U.S 3 months later, the album peaked and remained at #5 for 2 years on the Billboard.
American and Global View of Jimi Hendrix
Without a doubt, a large majority considers Hendrix to be the most influential guitarist of all time, he also received international acclaim. America holds a very positive view of Jimi Hendrix. He is considered to be the best Guitarist to be born. America holds a very positive view of Jimi Hendrix, many modern guitarists look to him for inspiration and drew influence from his playing. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame considers Jimi to be "arguably the best instrumentalist of all time. BBC agrees stating that he revolutionized music and IS the greatest guitarist of all time.
Secret Video! (Purple Haze from "Are you Experienced Yet")
Ha, you probably expected this video :) Some "Psychedelia" for you. (The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix and the Experience
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