Jimi Hendrix

Born 27 November 1942. Died 18 September 1970.
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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US. The double LP was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

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  1. Review of People, Hell and Angels

    People, Hell and Angels 2013

    Reviewed by Patrick Humphries
    A tantalising glimpse of how Hendrix's genius might have progressed.
  2. Review of West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

    West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology 2010

    Reviewed by David Stubbs
    There's much of precious worth across these four CDs and a Bootsy Collins-narrated DVD.
  3. Review of Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

    Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Or, more accurately, It’s Father’s Day: Have a(nother) Jimi Hendrix Best-Of.
  4. Review of Valleys of Neptune

    Valleys of Neptune 2010

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    The latest posthumous Hendrix album offers underwhelming ‘new’ material.
  5. Review of A Film About Jimi Hendrix (DVD)

    A Film About Jimi Hendrix (DVD) 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Jimi may have been a shy boy, beset with as many worries as the next cosmic guitar...
  6. Review of Jimi Plays Berkeley

    Jimi Plays Berkeley 2003

    Reviewed by Rob Fawcett
    This is the strongest newly-released Hendrix material in a long time.
  7. Review of Blue Wild Angel

    Blue Wild Angel 2002

    Reviewed by Rob Fawcett
    Sadly, given such auspicious circumstances, he arrived jet-lagged, studio-lagged,...
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