Jimi Hendrix |  Artist

Jimi Hendrix | Artist

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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter born 1942 in Seattle, Washington. His rockstar career lasted only four years, yet he is regarded as one of the most influential and emulated electric guitarists of the 20th century. Hendrix started playing guitar at fifteen and after a short stint in the army worked as a backing musician in small clubs behind artists such as Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Ike & Tina Turner and Little Richard. He began to be noticed when he got the gig as guitarist for the Isley Brothers, with whom he made his first recording "Testify" in 1964. In 1966 Hendrix moved to New York City and got a residency at Cafe Wha? which was where he began to develop his characteristic vocal/guitar sound. It was at a gig in NYC that he was spotted by Keith Richards' girlfriend Linda Keith, who invited him to London to meet future manager Chas Chandler, the former bass player for The Animals. Within months of moving to London in 1966 Hendrix had recorded three UK top ten hits: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze" and "The Wind Cries Mary", with his band The Experience which comprised Hendrix and Englishmen Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. Hendrix's four studio albums: Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland and Cry of Love, and one live album Band of Gypsies, all recorded between 1967 and his tragic death in 1970, are masterpieces. There has also been excellent live and archival material released posthumously, including BBC Sessions, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (box) and Woodstock. Regarding his guitar technique, Hendrix mainly played right-handed guitars that were turned upside down and restrung for left-hand playing. He was instrumental in popularizing the previously undesirable sounds of amplifier feedback and was one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of sound distortion effects units in mainstream rock, such as fuzz, wah-wah and stereophonic phasing effects. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone wrote: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began".

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