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The Brief History of Jimi Hendrix - The Guitar Legend

Apr 28, 2008
Who would have thought that a self-taught musician who, as a boy, wanted a guitar so desperately he made one out of a broom before acquiring a one-stringed ukulele, would eventually be hailed by many as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock music history?

Jimi Hendrix, born in 1942, served in the US army as a paratrooper in his youth.Having taught himself the guitar, he played the US' 'Chitlin Circuit' of clubs before moving to New York, earning a spot as the new guitarist for The Isley Brothers' band before joining Little Richard's back-up band and others.

On moving to London in 1966, he formed a 3 man band - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - which acquired rapid fame in Europe. Jimi became recognised for entertaining showmanship, which occasionally included setting his guitar ablaze! With a landmark show at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and huge success of record album 'Are You Experienced?' Jimi became a world-wide star.

Hendrix was the headline artist at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, where he played his controversial war-like fuzz-guitar version of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'. Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27 in 1970, having recorded only three fully-conceived studio albums and more than 300 unreleased recordings.

With his unusual style of playing guitars inverted ('left-handed') and restrung to suit him, Hendrix is accredited with bringing the electric guitar to a higher level. Hendrix aimed to mix what he called 'earth', blues, jazz, or funk driven rhythm musical accompaniment, with 'space', the high-pitched psychedelic sounds he improvised on his guitar.

Hendrix played a central role in establishing the Fender Stratocaster as the highest-selling electric guitar in history and making popular the use of extreme guitar distortion using effects pedals, including the wah-wah pedal, and other pedal units. He pioneered in the recording studio, experimenting with stereophonic and phasing effects.

With his albums among the most influential of the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix changed rock music as the world knew it.
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