Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970
When I first heard Jimi Hendrix I was expecting a life altering experience. I didn't really get it at first. I mean, I liked the music, but I didn't really understand it. It took me years to fully appreciate what a true genius the guy was. Besides being a peerless guitarist he was also a master songwriter and lyricist, a recording studio wizard, and he reportedly had a huge cock. The price for these gifts was apparently a very short and troubled life. Reports of alcoholic rages, rampant drug abuse and sexual conquest are doubtless understated. I once got to smoke a joint with Noel Redding (bassist of The Experience) who said that Hendrix was the nicest most humble and laid back guy he'd ever met. That doesn't surprise me a bit. At any rate eventually the guy changed my life. Everything I need to know about playing the guitar I learned from Jimi Hendrix or guys that he taught. So Jimi, wherever you are, here's to you man.