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Jimi Hendrix

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Artist Biographies: The Jimi Hendrix Story

James Marshall Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix and best known as the musician Jimi Hendrix, was born November 27, 1942, and died September 18, 1970. Jimi Hendrix was an American musician (guitarist), vocalist and songwriter. Despite having only received attention for the four year prior to his death, Jimi Hendrix is widely considered one of the greatest American guitarists of all time. We are honored to share the Jimi Hendrix story in this additionof our artist’s biographies.

Jimi Hendrix took inspiration from rock and roll and electric blues. He had his first success in Europe as the main member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he achieved fame in the US in 1967, after a memorable performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix headlined the Woodstock Festival. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix headlined the Isle of Wight Festival, the same year he died of drug-related asphyxiation, aged 27.

Jimi Hendrix was one of the key persons in popularizing the electric guitar. He favored the use of overdriven, high gain amplifiers. He also helped popularize the now famous wah-wah pedal for use in mainstream rock, and was a pioneer in experimentation, using stereophonic phasing effects in his recordings.

After receiving several awards both throughout his career and posthumously, Hendrix’s band the Jimi Hendrix Experience was indicted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland were placed among the top 100 greatest of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, who also ranked Jimi Hendrix as the number one greatest guitarist, and the sixth greatest artist.

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