How Did Jimi Hendrix Influence The World

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James Marshall Hendrix was a guitarist that greatly influenced the way that guitarists after him approached the instrument. He established himself in only four albums and less than five years as the person widely believed to be the greatest guitarist that ever lived. His impact on rock guitar is still felt to this day. Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Alan Hendrix in Seattle Washington, on November 27. His father, Al Hendrix, was a jazz dancer who worked as a landscape gardener, and also at other jobs to support Johnny and his brother Leon. Hendrix’s mother, Lucille, drank a lot and would disappear for long periods of time. She wasn’t around much, so Al, their grandmother and some family friends took most of the burden of raising Johnny and…show more content…
Chandler became his manager and suggested Hendrix change the spelling of his name from Jimmy to Jimi. They immediately started auditions for a backing group. John ‘Mitch’ Mitchell was chosen to play drums, and Noel Redding switched over from guitar to bass after failing an audition to play for the new Animals. The band they formed became known as the Jimi Hendrix Experience (American… 2). Their first album Are You Experienced? was released December of 1966 on Reprise records. Their first single was “Hey Joe” which made top ten on the UK charts. The well-received “Purple Haze” followed. The album today is considered by many to be one of the most powerful debut albums ever. The songs “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Foxy Lady,” and “Red House” are now classics. The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their live debut in January of 1967 at the Evereaux in France. Hendrix’s live performance was breathtaking. He stunned audiences by playing his guitar behind his back, behind his head, between his legs and with his teeth. He used noise and feedback to his advantage, coaxing wild and unconventional noises from his Fender Stratocaster guitar and Marshal amplifiers. He dressed in colorful, gypsy-like clothes and had a fiery stage presence. In June of 1967 he set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival. He treated his guitar as if it was part of his body. Hendrix was an expert at using music as a way to convey

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