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Chris San Felipe Mooney ENG1123 Research Paper 11 September 2014 The Life of Hendrix Thesis: By looking at his early life, the start of his career, and how he is remembered, one can see that Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential guitar players of all time. I. Introduction II. Early Life A. Growing up B. Guitar Playing III. The start of a career C. Early Stage D. Rise to Fame IV. Most memorable performances E. Monterey F. Woodstock V. How he is remembered VI. Conclusion The Life of Hendrix Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential guitar players of his time. His playing style sprung an obsession by other people and artists to try and imitate, but most…show more content…
He joined the army and became a paratrooper in the 101st airborne division. Stationed at Fort Ord, California, Jimi Hendrix sent a letter to his home, and it said: “The Army’s not too bad, so far. . . . All, I mean, all my hair’s cut off, and I have to shave. . . .” (qtd. in “Jimi Hendrix”, Rockhall) He eventually missed his guitar so much that he asked to get it shipped to where he was stationed. He was always getting judged badly from his peers who thought he was a crazy and freakish person for being so obsessed with his guitar. Billy Cox, a bassist who was also stationed with Hendrix, overheard him playing in a club on the camp, and thought it sounded “somewhere between Beethoven and John Lee Hooker” (“Jimi Hendrix”, Encyclopedia). Cox and Hendrix decided to form a quintet, so they could jam and make time pass by a little faster. They performed for the other troops and became quite popular along the camp. In late 1962, Hendrix broke his ankle and got let off of the army with an honorable discharge. Cox left the army two months after Hendrix, and they continued to…show more content…
He changed his name from “Jimmy”, to “Jimi”, and formed another group there, a trio called the Jimi Hendrix Experience, (“James Marshall Hendrix,” Bio) with new members: bassist, Noel Redding and drummer, Mitch Mitchell. Their group was becoming so popular so fast, due to Jimi’s playing style. He eventually gained admiration from the members of the Beatles, the Who, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones. One critic for the British music magazine Melody Maker said that he "had great stage presence" and looked at times as if he was playing "with no hands at all.” (“James Marshall Hendrix,” Bio). “The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first three singles – “Hey Joe”, “Purple Haze”, and “The Wind Cries Mary” – all made the British Top ten, with “Purple Haze” peaking at #3. Their May 1967 debut album, Are You Experienced?, became one of the defining releases of the psychedelic movement, reaching #2 in the U.K. and remaining on the British charts for eight months.” (“Jimi Hendrix”,

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