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Jimi Hendrix

In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes obscured his considerable gifts as a songwriter, singer, and master of a gamut of blues, R&B, and rock styles.

When Hendrix became an international superstar in 1967, it seemed as if he'd dropped out of a Martian spaceship, but in fact he'd served his apprenticeship the long, mundane way in numerous R&B acts on the chitlin circuit. During the early and mid-'60s, he worked with such R&B/soul greats as Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, and King Curtis as a backup guitarist. Occasionally he recorded as a session man (the Isley Brothers' 1964 single "Testify" is the only one of these early tracks that offers even a glimpse of his future genius). But the stars didn't appreciate his show-stealing showmanship, and Hendrix was straitjacketed by sideman roles that didn't allow him to develop as a soloist. The logical step was for Hendrix to go out on his own, which he did in New York in the mid-'60s, playing with various musicians in local clubs, and joining white blues-rock singer John Hammond, Jr.'s band for a while.

It was in a New York club that Hendrix was spotted by Animals bassist Chas Chandler. The first lineup of the Animals was about to split, and Chandler, looking to move into management, convinced Hendrix to move to London and record as a solo act in England. There a group was built around Jimi, also featuring Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass, that was dubbed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The trio became stars with astonishing speed in the U.K., where "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary" all made the Top Ten in the first half of 1967. These tracks were also featured on their debut album, Are You Experienced, a psychedelic meisterwerk that became a huge hit in the U.S. after Hendrix created a sensation at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967.

Are You Experienced was an astonishing debut, particularly from a young R&B veteran who had rarely sung, and apparently never written his own material, before the Experience formed. What caught most people's attention at first was his virtuosic guitar playing, which employed an arsenal of devices, including wah-wah pedals, buzzing feedback solos, crunching distorted riffs, and lightning, liquid runs up and down the scales. But Hendrix was also a first-rate songwriter, melding cosmic imagery with some surprisingly pop-savvy hooks and tender sentiments. He was also an excellent blues interpreter and passionate, engaging singer (although his gruff, throaty vocal pipes were not nearly as great assets as his instrumental skills). Are You Experienced was psychedelia at its most eclectic, synthesizing mod pop, soul, R&B, Dylan, and the electric guitar innovations of British pioneers like Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, and Eric Clapton.

Amazingly, Hendrix would only record three fully conceived studio albums in his lifetime. Axis: Bold as Love and the double-LP Electric Ladyland were more diffuse and experimental than Are You Experienced On Electric Ladyland in particular, Hendrix pioneered the use of the studio itself as a recording instrument, manipulating electronics and devising overdub techniques (with the help of engineer Eddie Kramer in particular) to plot uncharted sonic territory. Not that these albums were perfect, as impressive as they were; the instrumental breaks could meander, and Hendrix's songwriting was occasionally half-baked, never matching the consistency of Are You Experienced (although he exercised greater creative control over the later albums).

The final two years of Hendrix's life were turbulent ones musically, financially, and personally. He was embroiled in enough complicated management and record company disputes (some dating from ill-advised contracts he'd signed before the Experience formed) to keep the lawyers busy for years. He disbanded the Experience in 1969, forming the Band of Gypsies with drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox to pursue funkier directions. He closed Woodstock with a sprawling, shaky set, redeemed by his famous machine-gun interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner." The rhythm section of Mitchell and Redding were underrated keys to Jimi's best work, and the Band of Gypsies ultimately couldn't measure up to the same standard, although Hendrix did record an erratic live album with them. In early 1970, the Experience re-formed again -- and disbanded again shortly afterward. At the same time, Hendrix felt torn in many directions by various fellow musicians, record-company expectations, and management pressures, all of whom had their own ideas of what Hendrix should be doing. Coming up on two years after Electric Ladyland, a new studio album had yet to appear, although Hendrix was recording constantly during the period.

While outside parties did contribute to bogging down Hendrix's studio work, it also seems likely that Jimi himself was partly responsible for the stalemate, unable to form a permanent lineup of musicians, unable to decide what musical direction to pursue, unable to bring himself to complete another album despite jamming endlessly. A few months into 1970, Mitchell -- Hendrix's most valuable musical collaborator -- came back into the fold, replacing Miles in the drum chair, although Cox stayed in place. It was this trio that toured the world during Hendrix's final months.

It's extremely difficult to separate the facts of Hendrix's life from rumors and speculation. Everyone who knew him well, or claimed to know him well, has different versions of his state of mind in 1970. Critics have variously mused that he was going to go into jazz, that he was going to get deeper into the blues, that he was going to continue doing what he was doing, or that he was too confused to know what he was doing at all. The same confusion holds true for his death: contradictory versions of his final days have been given by his closest acquaintances of the time. He'd been working intermittently on a new album, tentatively titled First Ray of the New Rising Sun, when he died in London on September 18, 1970, from drug-related complications.

Hendrix recorded a massive amount of unreleased studio material during his lifetime. Much of this (as well as entire live concerts) was issued posthumously; several of the live concerts were excellent, but the studio tapes have been the focus of enormous controversy for over 20 years. These initially came out in haphazard drabs and drubs (the first, The Cry of Love, was easily the most outstanding of the lot). In the mid-'70s, producer Alan Douglas took control of these projects, posthumously overdubbing many of Hendrix's tapes with additional parts by studio musicians. In the eyes of many Hendrix fans, this was sacrilege, destroying the integrity of the work of a musician known to exercise meticulous care over the final production of his studio recordings. Even as late as 1995, Douglas was having ex-Knack drummer Bruce Gary record new parts for the typically misbegotten compilation Voodoo Soup. After a lengthy legal dispute, the rights to Hendrix's estate, including all of his recordings, returned to Al Hendrix, the guitarist's father, in July of 1995.

With the help of Jimi's step-sister Janie, Al set up Experience Hendrix to begin to get Jimi's legacy in order. They began by hiring John McDermott and Jimi's original engineer, Eddie Kramer to oversee the remastering process. They were able to find all the original master tapes, which had never been used for previous CD releases, and in April of 1997, Hendrix's first three albums were reissued with drastically improved sound. Accompanying those reissues was a posthumous compilation album (based on Jimi's handwritten track listings) called First Rays of the New Rising Sun, made up of tracks from the Cry of Love, Rainbow Bridge and War Heroes.

Later in 1997, another compilation called South Saturn Delta showed up, collecting more tracks from posthumous LPs like Crash Landing, War Heroes, and Rainbow Bridge (without the terrible '70s overdubs), along with a handful of never-before-heard material that Chas Chandler had withheld from Alan Douglas for all those years.

More archival material followed; Radio One was basically expanded to the two-disc BBC Sessions (released in 1998), and 1999 saw the release of the full show from Woodstock as well as additional concert recordings from the Band of Gypsies shows entitled Live at the Fillmore East. 2000 saw the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience four-disc box set, which compiled remaining tracks from In the West, Crash Landing and Rainbow Bridge along with more rarities and alternates from the Chandler cache.

The family also launched Dagger Records, essentially an authorized bootleg label to supply hardcore Hendrix fans with material that would be of limited commercial appeal. Dagger released several live concerts (of shows in Oakland, Ottawa, Clark University in Massachusetts, Paris, San Francisco, Woburn in Bedfordshire, and Cologne) and a collection of studio jams and demos called Morning Symphony Ideas.

Mainstream Hendrix reissue activity continued during the 2000s and 2010s, spotlighted by major live albums originally recorded at the Isle of Wight (2002), Berkeley (2003), Monterey (2007), Winterland (2011), and the Miami Pop Festival (2013). In 2010, Sony issued a four-disc set titled West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, which offered a full disc of recordings from Hendrix's time as a backing guitarist. ~ Richie Unterberger & Sean Westergaard, Rovi
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swm4ubabe
Jimi is still the man! Way, way before my time but you've got to respect the greatest guitarist ever.
I purchased Are You Experience at the Woolworth store in Hempstead, NY in 67 for around 3.00...what bargain
GREAT
September 18, 2014 ...The 44th anniversary of Jimi's death
One of the only ones I would had love to seen live maybe in the next life peace to you Jimi
Yes, he did learn from the Master, the inventor and the innovator of rocknroll, the man himself, Lil Richard, love you Richard, you will always live in your fans' hearts.
Yes, he did learn from the Master, the inventor, the innovator of rocknroll, the man himself, Lil Richard, love you Richard, you will always live in your fans' hearts.
U r sooo right james!
Jimi Hendrix the best guitar player ever!!! I love jimi Hendrix so much a very talented guitarist they say Elvis is the king of rock jimi hendrix is the legendary god of rock
lillie.wilks
Awesome
I, Did, See, The, Master, Live!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! # # #
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
The master ! Incomparable ! No body now or never can be like you jimmy !!!!
MACHIBE GUN
john.l.thoma s
I likehissingi n g more than guitar playing
Wow. Not many references to Forrest Gump huh? Shocking.
his music will always live on he truly was a great talent !!!
I would have liked to see Jimi play live
we're pregnant
Axis: Bold As Love. Is one of those albums that shook the earth when I first heard it. Expected one thing and got another. It's on the desert island short list, but might not make it because I can sing and remember every note anyway.
Im the next Jim. But better. Haha jk. Much love man. Watch over us every night when we all go to bed listening to your music that touches our souls!!!
Damn. Best songs from him that I have listened to would seem like Fire and Voodoo Chile. I love the way he plays his guitar and it sounds like his ow special tune. Another thing would have to be where he always jams so well by himself.
Yes I am alive! Damn rhy. Porsez. I'm still Alive!
He did back both artists. Confirmed Per EarlyHendrix . c o m on a Ray Sharpe/King Curtis Orchestra album.

It seems that Sharpe was never able to match the success of Linda Lu again but remains popular locally and still lives and performs in Texas. Two of his recording sessions in 1966 under the direction of fellow Fort Worth native King Curtis featured Jimi Hendrix playing guitar.
When the bio says he backed King Curtis, I think they mean Curtis Knight. They made two albums together.
Thxs deadjailmr for that info my friend. U said it F**kin Rocktober right around the cornor. This us going to b the f**kin best fall for carrying the torches. .F**kin Fact. ..ROCK ON EVERYONE
Hey everyone the JIMMY HENDRIX Tribute is coming to the greek theater IN Rocktober in The lost city of Angels in Hollyweird I've also posted in my BLACK Crowes,Also on my Tesla station,also on ZEP station,and on my FAVORITE HEAVY ROCK n ROLL BAND Of ALL TIME(SABBATH ) s t a t i o n for the true Rock n Roll FANantics like me so look out
He definitely is a badass guitar player :) rock on Jimi !
No one will ever play like Hendrix! EVER!
That man still amazes me !!!
Yes.
Omg....perfe c t i o n !
jill_177
Nancy B. I saw Jimi play on New Year's Eve in 70 at the Fillmore East with the Band of Gypsys and one time jamming with the Stones in NYC and Woodstock of course. The best guitarist that ever lived. Miss him & hope people stop taking so many hard drugs. What a loss!
Luya Like a Brother Man!!!!
My teacher in 7th grade said the pop fest was amazingly cool . Mr.kurran .
cottondrum
(1983 A MERMAN SHOULD I TURN TO BE)
none better ever
cottondrum
BEST SONG HE EVER WROTE
The best I ever lived the best I ever play his guitar Jimi Hendrix live on
Hendrix is god!!!!!
Jimi Hendrix is never dead he's the man:"
jimi hendrix is so dead
He is from Seattle my home town just pure power. Yeah
731103081
You made your name known <3<3<3
Waking up to Jimi playing Star-Spangle d Banner in Macon GA. Macon festival? Maybe 71 very foggy, but just sayin the acid rain was sum thing oh what a life. Got to live while this guy rocked us.
dqkfx29ij5
The blues never treated him wrong
davebeck58
Saw him at the Garden with Buddy Miles and at 13 years old I decided to become a hippie! He rocked MSG despite a revolving stage. Man he simply blue all my friends and my mind.
Just think if he was still playing but then you know he is still playing
Jimi Hendrix played a right hand gatir up side down
The one and only. Never get tired of Jimmy.
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