Jimi Hendrix Expierence

By: Izzy Hall

How Jimi Changed Rock and Roll Forever

Jimi Hendrix, or Mr. Guitar himself, is responsible for expanding the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar above and beyond the limits of any traditional musician. Claimed to be not only the greatest of his time, but the greatest to ever be associated with the guitar, his creativity and stylistic experimentation transformed the face of rock and roll for eternity.

What Made Hendrix Such a Hit?

The Jimi Hendrix guitar stylings have made him an American Guitar Playing Icon. Did you know that Rolling Stone Magazine has Jimi at #1 on their list of the greatest guitarists of all time in 2003? So that makes him the king of the guitar players universe. Mr.Hendrix had an amazing arsenal of guitar tricks and techniques. I don't know where he got them all from...maybe he made alot of them up but their timeless and out there in the guitar universe.

All About the Roots of Rock and Roll

Rock and roll is a form of popular music that emerged in the United States in the late Forties and early Fifties. But rock and roll's roots can be tracked back centuries to drum beats in Africa and Celtic folk music in Europe. As people from these regions immigrated to America, they brought their music with them, and as they were exposed to each other's music, they began to incorporate different styles. The more immediate roots of rock and roll lay in the so-called "race" music, or rhythm & blues, and "hillbilly" music, or county & western of the Forties and Fifties. Other significant influences include blues, jazz, gospel, boogie-woogie, folk and bluegrass.

Why Jimi Hendrix Still Reigns Popular

More than any other musician, Jimi Hendrix realized the fullest range of sound that could be obtained from an amplified instrument. Many musical currents came together in his playing. Free jazz, Delta blues, acid rock, hardcore funk and the songwriting of Bob Dylan and the Beatles all figured as influences. Yet the songs and sounds generated by Hendrix were original, otherworldly and virtually indescribable. In essence, Hendrix channeled the music of the cosmos, anchoring it to the earthy beat of rock and roll. This much and far more make Hendrix so popular even to this day.

Top Jimi Hendrix Hits

Jimi Hendrix Timeline



1968

The Experience embarks on a major U.S. tour. The first show is at the Fillmore, in San Francisco. On February 12, Jimi Hendrix returns to Seattle for a show at the Center Arena. Jimi’s family is seated in the front row.


1968

Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” is released. “Before I came to England, I was digging a lot of the things Bob Dylan was doing,” Jimi said. “He is giving me inspiration.”


1968

Electric Lady land, a double album recorded in the U.S. and England, is released. It becomes Hendrix’s first Number One album in the U.S. and includes such tracks as “Voodoo Child,” “Crosstown Traffic” and “All Along the Watchtower.”


1969

The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last British performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.


1969

The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays the final date on its last American tour at the Denver Pop Festival. At the height of its popularity, the group breaks up.


1969

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, held on the weekend of August 15-17 in the tiny town of Bethel, in upstate New York, attracted an estimated crowd of 450,000. The event featured everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker, to Arlo Guthrie and the Who.