During his short career, Jimi Hendrix released three groundbreaking albums in the late ‘60s that helped bridge the blues and psychedelia. But more importantly, the gifted musician showed the world the limitless depths of the electric guitar through his onstage showmanship and studio mastery. He made only three studio albums during his lifetime, all with his excellent trio the Experience: ‘Are You Experienced,’ ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland,’ each increasingly explore the sonic reaches of traditional and contemporary music. Hendrix disbanded his group in 1969 and formed a new one, Band of Gypsys, which headed into jazzier and more groove-influenced territories. More than any of his peers, Hendrix was a visionary artist who never took the easy way out. Since his drug-related death at 27, his many recording sessions have been released on posthumous records that maintain his legacy.
Birthdate: Nov. 27, 1942
Died: Sept. 18, 1970
Selected Discography: ‘Are You Experienced’ (1967), ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ (1967), ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968)
Plenty of experienced filmmakers have tried and failed to get a Jimi Hendrix biopic off the ground, but producer Danny Bramson managed to pull it off without any prior hands-on experience in the film production business. What made 'Jimi: All Is by My Side' different?
It still doesn't seem to have a U.S. release date, but the Jimi Hendrix biopic 'All Is by My Side' is scheduled to arrive in U.K. theaters later this summer -- and you can get an advance look at a scene from the movie right here.
For the eighth year, the music of Jimi Hendrix will be celebrated with the all-star Experience Hendrix tour. The organizers just announced a few more concerts, as well as some of the special guests that will be joining them in certain cities.
On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.' Among the great songs found on that LP was a tune called 'All Along the Watchtower.' Before the album's release, Jimi Hendrix obtained an acetate of the disc and fell in love with it. Less than two months after Dylan recorded it, Hendrix was in the studio recording his own take. On Jan. 21, 1968, Hendrix and the Experience settled in to record what would become the definitive reading of the song.
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