Jimi Hendrix Vs. Pink Floyd – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals
We’re sorry. Some of the choices we ask you to make during the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame voting are just too difficult — perhaps none more so than this particular match-up featuring Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic rock history.
Quite simply, in his all-too-brief time with us, Hendrix explored, expressed and innovated on guitar like nobody has before or since. Also, let’s not forget that he wrote excellent songs and sang them really well, even if he might argue with that last point. Hendrix defeated the Grateful Dead 83% to 17% last week to reach the semifinals.
Pink Floyd, meanwhile, emerged as one of the leading lights of the British psychedelic movement in the late ’60s. Over the next decade or so, they did more to elevate the art form of the album — in terms of songwriting, sequencing, sonics and packaging — than just about any other band in rock history. They beat Janis Joplin 79% to 21% in round one to earn their spot in the semifinals.
So again, we apologize, and we don’t envy you, but sometimes tough choices have to be made. You can vote once a day from now until 11:59PM ET on May 19. Be sure to check out the Hall of Fame’s official rules right here. Finally, mark your calendars for June 1, when the third entrant into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame is revealed.