Born on November, 27 1942 Jimi Hendrix will be remembered as the hero of one generation, Voodoo Child which opened hearts to the power of love, danger and Rock N’ Roll.
In 1942 when Jimi was born, his mother had 17-years-old and his father was in army, so he grown up with his relatives living in dire poverty. As a teenager he was expelled from high school and later he was caught how he stealing cars. After that, he had to choose: conditional jail or army. He chose the army.
Jimi is icon of the era of hippie movement, and today he is considered for the best guitar player of all times. In only four years, Jimi was above all the limits and he wrote special music history. If he was alive today, he would have been 75 years old.
From the beginning, he was a guitar master. Improvisation, experiments and strong guitar sounds were motive for Jimi to do something new and “unintelligible” for the time. After leaving the army, Jimi performed in a band that fulfills then music hits, but that frustrates him more than fulfills it.
At the time Jimi was known as Jimi James, he gets his first arrangement for recording vinyl in 1965, with guarantee him club performances around New York City. He formed the band and later he started with experiments with LSD.
At the time Jimi made new feedback effects with help of merged amplifiers. Jimi was left-handed guitarist and he introduced new guitar techniques. His techniques were doing he could sound like he was on two guitars at once.
During the years Hendrix had many music collaborations, girls and affairs. One of the affairs at the time, was the affair with French sex-symbol Brigitte Bardot. In 1969 Jimi was the world’s highest paid rock musician. In August he headlined the Woodstock Music and Art Fair that included many of the most popular bands of the time.
For the concert Jimi performed with Gypsy Sons & Rainbows band composed of musicians: Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Larry Lee, Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez. Crown at his performance at the festival was the performance of the American anthem. The band rehearsed for less than two weeks before the performance, and according to Mitchell, they never connected musically.
Otherwise, Hendrix was the most expensive paid musician at the festival, with a salary of $32,000, according to promoters’ notice, while, according to other sources, his fee was as much as $125,000.
Woodstock will be also remembered as the three-days-concert of peace, love and music. Jimi will be always in our hearts as the completely new expression of art who changed every way of the Rock N’ Roll music.
Jimi Hendrix (27 November 1942 – 18 September 1970)