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Jimi Hendrix

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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned 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 describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army, but was discharged the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville then Nashville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals became his manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US. The double LP was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death in London from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970.

Hendrix was inspired by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in popularizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He was also one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of tone-altering effects units in mainstream rock, such as fuzz distortion, Octavia, wah-wah, and Uni-Vibe. He was the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "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."Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year and in 1968, Billboard named him the Artist of the Year and Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

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August 2, 2022

Mo Ostin, legendary Warner Bros. Records chief, dead at 95

During Ostin's three-decade tenure, the label's roster included the likes of The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more The post Mo Ostin, legendary Warner Bros. Records chief, dead at 95 appeared first on NME.

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August 1, 2022

Mo Ostin, Legendary Warner Bros. Records Chief, Dies at 95

The pioneering executive led the careers of Joni Mitchell, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix and others at the label.

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May 29, 2022

Jimi Hendrix to be honoured with new Blue Plaque in London

The Blue Plaque will be unveiled next month The post Jimi Hendrix to be honoured with new Blue Plaque in London appeared first on NME.

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May 24, 2022

Jimi Hendrix penis cast set to be unveiled at Iceland museum next month

Cynthia Albritton donated the mould to the Icelandic Phallological Museum shortly before her death last month The post Jimi Hendrix penis cast set to be unveiled at Iceland museum next month appeared first on NME.

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April 22, 2022

Cynthia Plaster Caster, artist who made penis casts of Jimi Hendrix, Jello Biafra and more, has died

She was the subject of a 2001 documentary about her craft and famous collection The post Cynthia Plaster Caster, artist who made penis casts of Jimi Hendrix, Jello Biafra and more, has died appeared first on NME.

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April 21, 2022

Cynthia Plaster Caster, Artist Famed for Plaster Casting Musicians’ Phalluses, Dies at 74

Cynthia Albritton cast the erect penises of rockers like Jimi Hendrix, the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, and Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra

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April 3, 2022

Questlove’s Summer of Soul Wins Best Music Film at 2022 Grammys

The Oscar-winning documentary wins over films by and about Bo Burnham, Billie Eilish, Jimi Hendrix, and David Byrne

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February 26, 2022

Watch Nandi Bushell shred her way through Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’

With a week off school, the child prodigy turned to Hendrix for inspiration The post Watch Nandi Bushell shred her way through Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ appeared first on NME.

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February 23, 2022

Should Jimi Hendrix IP Battle Be in New York or London? A Judge Will Soon Decide

Heirs are battling on both sides of the Atlantic over who music created by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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February 21, 2022

Jimi Hendrix lyric sheet torn in half at 1967 gig finally put back together

The guitarist tore the '51st Anniversary' lyric sheet in half to sign for two fans, who have now reconnected and pieced the item back together after 55 years The post Jimi Hendrix lyric sheet torn in half at 1967 gig finally put back together appeared first on NME.

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February 9, 2022

Betty Davis, Boundary-Smashing Funk Singer, Dead at 77

It was her brief marriage to Miles Davis that introduced the jazz icon to the music of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone.

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February 8, 2022

Jimi Hendrix Bandmate’s Heirs Sue Sony Over Copyrights in British Court

A legal dispute that kicked off last month in New York court has now spread to the UK.

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February 8, 2022

Heirs of Jimi Hendrix Experience band members sue Sony Music over alleged copyright infringement

Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell's estates are seeking royalties The post Heirs of Jimi Hendrix Experience band members sue Sony Music over alleged copyright infringement appeared first on NME.

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January 28, 2022

Hear Stunning Audio of Jimi Hendrix’s Final Performance, From Days Before His Death

Recording of guitarist jamming with War, remastered by filmmaker Oliver Murray and his team, features in upcoming doc chronicling London jazz club Ronnie Scott's

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January 20, 2022

Jimi Hendrix estate sues heirs of Jimi Hendrix Experience’s rhythm section

It comes after Sony Music was sent a letter from a lawyer claiming the estates of Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are owed performance royalties The post Jimi Hendrix estate sues heirs of Jimi Hendrix Experience’s rhythm section appeared first on NME.

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January 20, 2022

Estate of Emergency: Jimi Hendrix’s Heirs Preemptively Sue Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell’s Heirs

After estates representing the Jimi Hendrix Experience's rhythm section filed a legal notice to Sony, Hendrix's family wants a judge to set things straight

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January 19, 2022

Jimi Hendrix Estate Sues Heirs Of His Bandmates Over Copyright Threats

The iconic rocker's estate says his former bandmates signed away their rights decades ago.

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December 20, 2021

BTS, Harry Styles & More Offering Rare Collectibles for MusiCares Auction

Joni Mitchell is set to donate an artist proof print of her original painting of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

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June 21, 2021

Joni Mitchell Announces Archives Vol. 2 Box Set, Shares Blue 50 Demo EP: Listen

The collection will include a full 1968 Ottawa coffee house performance recorded by Jimi Hendrix

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June 21, 2021

Joni Mitchell Surprise-Releases ‘Blue’ EP, Preps 50th-Anniversary Box Set

EP contains the rarity "Hunter," while the upcoming box set includes a 1968 show famously recorded by Jimi Hendrix

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June 14, 2021

Kurt Cobain’s Self-Portrait, Elton John’s Piano, Prince’s Guitar and More Items Nab Nearly $5M at Auction

More than 1,000 items were sold over three days from artists including Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Cher, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Bernie Taupin, Tom Petty, Tupac Shakur, Whitney Houston, The Doors and Little Richard.

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April 4, 2021

Alice Cooper reveals his first experience with drugs was with Jimi Hendrix

It also involved a vibrating bed which Hendrix referred to as "a spaceship" The post Alice Cooper reveals his first experience with drugs was with Jimi Hendrix appeared first on NME.

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April 2, 2021

In Computero: Hear How AI Software Wrote a ‘New’ Nirvana Song

Computer-generated artificial tracks by Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison highlight a new project that helps bring attention to mental illness

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February 28, 2021

John Burks, Rolling Stone’s First Managing Editor, Dead at 83

During tenure, Burks interviewed Jimi Hendrix and Jim Jones, covered the Altamont tragedy and helped guide the magazine's coverage of political issues

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February 23, 2021

Watch a new Mick Jagger-narrated clip celebrating The Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary

The short film features footage of the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and Florence & The Machine performing at the London venue The post Watch a new Mick Jagger-narrated clip celebrating The Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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February 18, 2021

Amazon Prime Video Hosts ‘Coda Collection’ Channel of Music Docs, Concert Films

Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui, The Rolling Stones on the Air, Johnny Cash at San Quentin among initial wave of 150 titles

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February 7, 2021

Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp cover Jimi Hendrix in latest ‘Sunday Lunch’ video

"Excuse me while I kiss this guy" The post Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp cover Jimi Hendrix in latest ‘Sunday Lunch’ video appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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January 13, 2021

Jimi Hendrix’s Brother, Niece Found in Contempt of Court for Violating Trademarks

Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon Hendrix and niece Tina Hendrix are in contempt of court for violating an injunction against infringing on the late guitarist's trademarks.

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November 28, 2020

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live in Maui

Near the end of his life, Jimi Hendrix recorded two concerts in Hawaii for an ill-fated film. A new reissue reveals him elevating above an earthly debacle to offer a glimpse of transcendence.

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Discs

Live In Maui

November 20, 2020

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Band Of Gypsys (50th Anniversary / Live At Fillmore East, 1970)

March 27, 2020

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Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts

November 22, 2019

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At Last...The Beginning - The Making Of Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes Sampler

November 9, 2018

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Both Sides of the Sky

March 9, 2018

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Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival (Live)

August 28, 2015

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Miami Pop Festival

November 1, 2013

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People, Hell & Angels

January 1, 2013

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Winterland

September 13, 2011

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Valleys Of Neptune

March 8, 2010

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Live At Monterey

January 1, 2010

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Live At Berkeley

September 16, 2003

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Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix At The Isle Of Wight

November 12, 2002

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

November 1, 1999

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Live at Woodstock

July 6, 1999

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BBC Sessions

June 2, 1998

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South Saturn Delta

October 7, 1997

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First Rays Of The New Rising Sun

April 22, 1997

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Hendrix In The West

February 1, 1972

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The Cry of Love

January 1, 1971

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Rainbow Bridge

January 1, 1971

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Electric Ladyland

October 25, 1968

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Axis: Bold As Love

December 1, 1967

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Are You Experienced

May 12, 1967

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