“Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.” – Jimi Hendrick. Some people are bigger than the instruments they’re playing, Hendrick’s falls in that category. Today, September 18, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 death.
“There was no one like him around. He was startling. Jimi Hendrick pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. Hendrix was a rock 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.”
“Such a large gathering of people shows that music must mean something,” said Hendrix. Showtime aired ‘Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church,’ a documentary about Hendrix’s performance at The 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival, the last of the great pop festivals. The documentary is rare footage of Hendrix as the headlining act of the festival that has never been seen – Until Now!
“He was probably the biggest thing in rock-n-roll at that time and rock-n-roll was the biggest thing in music.” The documentary includes interviews with Hendrix’s bandmates Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell, as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi. Hendrix made every night a magical moment. No one could imagine that a short time after the festival, just two months later, Jimi Hendrix would be gone.
“He was a great musician.” Hendrix’s style of combining feedback and controlled distortion created a new music form. He 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, Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year.
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