This week would have been the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix – the man who tops nearly every poll which searches for the greatest guitar player ever, and who despite not living life as long as others in years, he managed to cram more into it than most.
It’s also been revealed that in March next year a previously unheard album from Hendrix will be released called People, Hell and Angels so what better excuse do we need to celebrate the most iconic axeman the world has even seen than with a special Now Playing dedicated to his music and his wider cultural impact.
Born in Seattle, Hendrix was brought to London in 1966 by Chas Chandler – the bassist of The Animals who was looking for talent to manage. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed and almost instantly the likes of Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton were enthralled by him.
He’s responsible for some of the greatest guitar riffs ever, is still to this day a fashion icon and his live sets at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight have gone down as the greatest nights in musical history.
What to include in the Ultimate Jimi Hendrix Playlist? It’s all down to you – but to help you out here are some ideas:
• Classic Hendrix tracks from Voodoo Child to The Wind Cries Mary or perhaps you’d rather some of his more unknown ones
• Artists who became fans of his in London like Eric Clapton, The Who and The Beatles
• People who influenced his music from blues pioneers such as B.B. King to Howlin’ Wolf, or equally Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry
• Great guitarists who wouldn’t have played the instrument the same way if it wasn’t for Hendrix – Prince, Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic, or Ernie Isley to Slash, Mick McCready or Kirk Hammett
• Even Questlove, Chuck D, Ice-T and Miles Davis have all spoken of their admiration for Hendrix
There’s so much scope for you to have fun and go off with this one, but you need to let us know what you want to hear on Sunday evening. Leave a comment on this blog or our Facebook page, Tweet #Jimi6Music, e-mail us your idea or drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist.
And remember to listen from 6-8pm this Sunday on BBC 6 Music for the Ultimate Jimi Hendrix Playlist.
Despite being released twenty-one years ago Massive Attack's is far from coming of age - it did that years ago. Since 1991 tracks like Safe From Harm and Unfinished Sympathy have become some of the most iconic and loved electronic music tracks of the past three decades, while the band have influenced a whole host of other musicians with both their music and their electrifying live show.
This week the record was re-released, remastered and still sounding as fresh as ever and we at Now Playing thought what better excuse do we need to celebrate the mighty Bristolians with a two hour playlist based on the band and picked entirely by you.
Blue Lines will also be Classic Album of the Day on Friday and we want you to pick tracks which shout Massive Attack, the record in question, Bristol and Trip-Hop. For example:
• The best track from Blue Lines itself, or any other Massive Attack song be it single, B-side or rariety
• Neneh Cherry who initially funded the band as well as Portishead and Tricky
• Fellow Bristolians who’ve utilized electronic sounds from Burial to Julio Bashmore
• People they’ve collaborated with which is as wide ranging as Madonna to Horace Andy through Sinead O’Conner, Mos Def and David Bowie
• Or other exponents of trip-hop like DJ Shadow and the sounds that inspired from Gorillaz to The Flaming Lips.
There’s so much stuff to get your teeth into here so let us know what you want to hear by leaving a comment on this blog or Facebook, Tweet #MA6Music, e-mail us your suggestion or drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist – and remember to tune into 6 Music from 6pm on Sunday for two hours of music inspired by Massive Attack.
This week the 6 Music Breakfast Show have been honoring some of the biggest and most influential names in music. Keith Richards and Johnny Marr have already been in chatting to Shaun during Legends Week, and Chris Cornell will be in tomorrow – but on Now Playing this Sunday we want you to help us build a show around today’s guest, Noel Gallagher.
Without doubt he’s one of the most influential artists of his generation. He helped Oasis establish themselves as poster boys of Brit Pop in the 1990s, while their success continued well into the new Millennium until their acrimonious split in 2009, which set the path in motion for Noel to form the High Flying Birds.
With controversy, spats and sibling rivalries throughout his career he is unquestionably a rock and roll star, and will forevermore be regarded in the highest esteem thanks to his songwriting, musical talent and distinctive voice.
So accept our challenge and help us pick the Ultimate Noel Gallagher Playlist and make it something reflective of his status as a living legend. You could go for:
* Your favorite Oasis hit, B-side or rarity
* Something he’s made by himself as part of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
* Tracks from people he’s collaborated with be it The Chemical Brothers, Paul Weller, Goldie or even Ricky Gervais
* One of his many influences - The Smiths to The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Stone Roses
* Or one of the bands he’s inspired like Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Lilly Allen and The Cribs
Get involved by leaving your suggestions and stories below, post them on our Facebook page, you can Tweet us using #Noel6Music, e-mail us, or add your suggestions to our collaborative Spotify playlist - but be warned, Oasis aren't on Spotify so use it for influences, collaborations and so on.
If you love this legend, don’t miss out on two hours of the music he’s made, influenced or been inspired by on Sunday from 6pm.
Twenty years ago Manic Street Preachers released their debut album Generation Terrorists. Its blend of buzz -saw guitars and political sloganeering launched the career of one of Britain's most successful alternative rock bands and got everyone talking when they told the music press that it was going to sell a million copies after which they'd promptly split up.
Thankfully they didn't keep their promise and the Manics have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of the last two decades. This Sunday on Now Playing we want you to help us celebrate their unmistakable impression on British music by creating the Ultimate Manic Street Preachers Playlist.
So when you think of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and co - what instantly springs to mind?
* Is it one of the band's classic singles or one of your favourite B-sides or album tracks?
* The band's inspirations, like The Clash, The Smiths, Iggy Pop or The Jesus and Mary Chain
* Bands that the Manics have covered such as Primal Scream, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana or The The
* Acts that have remixed The Manics - perhaps David Holmes, Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack
* Collaborators and conspirators from The Cardigans' Nina Persson to Gruff Rhys via Shirley Bassey... Oh and don't forget Kylie.
It's up to you - to get involved leave your suggestions below, post them on our Facebook page, Tweet them to us using #Manics6Music, e-mail us or add suggestions to our collaborative Spotify playlist. And remenber, if you're a Manics fan it'll be the music you love for two hours on Sunday from 6pm.