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Jimi Hendrix

Career
James Marshall Hendrix better known as Jimi Hendrix was an inspiring rock guitarist,
singer and composer of the ’60s who fused American traditions of blues, jazz, rock, and soul
with techniques of British avant-garde rock to redefine the electric guitar in his own image.
The story of Jimi Hendrix goes a little something like this: troubled childhood, a fast
rise to stardom and an even faster fall from the top. But what made Jimi’s journey different
were his revolutionary methods — ones that left an indelible crater in the annals of music. His
psychedelic sounds defined an entire era with ear-splitting amplifier feedback and a healthy
use of the wah-wah pedal. Hendrix was the heart of Woodstock and he remains almost
inarguably the best electric guitarist of all time.
Though his active career as a featured artist lasted mere four years, Hendrix altered the
course of popular music and became one of the most successful and influential musicians of
his era. 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 his short career, Jimi Hendrix released three groundbreaking albums in the
late ‘60s that helped bridge the blues and psychedelia. But more importantly, the gifted
musician showed the world the limitless depths of the electric guitar through his onstage
showmanship and studio mastery. He made only three studio albums during his lifetime, all
with his excellent trio the Experience: ‘Are You Experienced,’ ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and
‘Electric Ladyland,’ each increasingly explore the sonic reaches of traditional and
contemporary music. During Woodstock(1969) Jimi Hendrix famously played his version of
the Star-Spangled Banner was so controversial that people gave positive and negative
feedback and cause a riot because of the song. Jimi Hendrix had a passion for music and
expressed it a different way than others that lead to a great impact to his fans. Jimi Hendrix
would be described as a unique person, and didn’t care if people had their opinion about him.
Jimi’s music made him stand out more than other musicians. As a man he was unusual
because he could make a guitar sound like different things.
The Woodstock experience was the heyday for his career, and some of the
improvisations were used after his death in some porthumes albums.
He died at the age of 27, in 1970 in a tragic way. Dieing at that age made him part of
the 27 Club.

however. His lefthanded skills were much to the chagrin of his father who believed it was a sign of the Devil. Jimi is an American Icon because he was never scared to perform the music that represented everything that was going on around him. than with a performance that has become an integral part of American history. His iconic performance of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock in 1969 was not a symbol of national pride. as a trainee paratrooper. His fashion style was characterize by antique army uniforms. which became staples of his early career. Hendrix influenced the rock industry with his talent and brought a new perception upon guitar playing. an American Icon would be someone who had a journey to reach to their success. . Kentucky. and work hard to stay on the same level for become even more successful. scarves. as his manager Mike Jeffrey feared it could spark a riot. behind his back. brooches. A more subtle unorthodox technique of his. Interesting Facts He dropped out of High School and enlisted in the Army in May 1959. Jimi debated whether or not to perform the anthem. During some of his concerts he played guitar in many funky ways even with his teeth. and badges — accompanied him every step of the way. Fortunately for music fans everywhere. And while Hendrix’s look became progressively brighter and more bell-bottomed as years passed. less than a year later he received a medical discharge after breaking an ankle on his twenty-sixth parachute jump. rather an attack on America’s continued occupation of Vietnam. He debuted in London in 1966. deciding with the world watching that there was no greater stage to display his disgust and contempt about the war and its reverberations. amazed his audiences and contributed to his reputation as a showman. a slew of accessories — hats. and without touching the strings. Seconds before going onstage. They would have to deserve to be who they are.What makes him an American Icon? First of all. becoming a member of ‘The Screaming Eagles’ 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell. was that he played his Fender Stratocaster upside down to accommodate his left-handedness. and his manager was the bassist of Animals. Hendrix’s more outrageous guitar techniques. medallions. Second of all. Besides his musical style he impose himself with a genuine image. Jimi ignored his concerns. such as playing with his teeth. He played with his electric guitar solo and told a story with every song that he performed.

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