“There must be some kinda way outta here, said the Joker to the Theif”
Ahhh, and so, we dive back in to my selection of legendary rock stars and the Rock N Roll decadence that come’s alongside it. King of the 60’s, Mr Jimi Hendrix. Born as ‘Johnny Allen Hendrix’ November 27th 1942 was another iconic artist to have walked the earth.
Although Hendrix’s mainstream career lasted for only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”. Jimi Hendrix was at the roots of what turned out to be the greatest period of music ever, classic rock.
I also believe that Jimi was one of the most influential rock artists because of how much he shined through his vocal and instrumental talents. He started as an earthquake into the world of Rock N’ Roll and his seismic waves are still spreading through to our record players today. In my case, Jimi was among the few artists which I first listened to that gave me my intense love for this genre of music. I think he was an amazing man who inspired hundreds of rock stars that emerged after his time.
Jimi was known as the world’s highest-paid performer. One of his most famous and loved live performances was when he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969. He also headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18th, 1970, at the age of 27. Thus, joining the 27 Club that Janis Joplin would soon be a member of on October 4th.
My favourite albums by Jimi are Electric Ladyland and The second Experience album, Axis; Bold as Love. Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by English-American rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in October 1968 by Track Records/Polydor and Reprise Records in North America. It as double-album and was the only record from the band produced by Hendrix. By mid-November, it had climbed to number one in the United States, where it spent two weeks at the top spot. The album features some of their most popular songs such as “All along the watchtower” and “Voodoo Child (slight return).” Axis: Bold as Love was recorded to fulfil the Experience’s contract, which stated that they must produce two records in 1967. The record features songs such as “One Rainy Wish” and “If 6 was 9.”Axis: Bold as Love was first released in the United Kingdom by Track Records in December 1967, as the follow-up to the band’s successful debut Are You Experienced.
There is no evidence that Hendrix made any statement of racial assertiveness with his own hairstyle. He conformed to widespread hippie fashion that saw men grow hair as long/wild/shaggy as they wished. His hair matched the shirts, jackets and hats in making him a cavalier/troubadour. Not only did he leave his mark musically, but he left a style that no one else could pull off-he really was the king of cool!
A popular rumour has long been around that he would conceal LSD under his headband and let it enter his body through the pores of his forehead. The story has variations: sometimes it’s heroin or cocaine that Hendrix had under the bandana; sometimes he’s supposed to have cut his brow to get the drugs into his bloodstream faster. Whatever the truth is, Hendrix is not around to set the records straight so we are all left without the truth, adding to the intense longing we have for him. Jimi Hendrix will never be forgotten, his legacy will live on forever.