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Jimi Hendrix

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.

47 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell + More Hold MLK Tribute Jam Session

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Hulton Archive/Central Press, Getty Images

On April 7, 1968, some rock and blues legends paid tribute to Martin Luther King, who had been killed a few days earlier.

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48 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Sets His Guitar on Fire for the First Time

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Distinguishing yourself in the colorful musical climate of 1967 wasn't easy.

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45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Band of Gypsys’ Arrives After Band Implodes

Capitol Records
Capitol Records

In the months following his triumphant August 1969 Woodstock performance, Jimi Hendrix’s professional life took a turn for the worse.

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Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ Featured in New Chanel Commercial

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YouTube

When you're trying to sell perfume that promises "a view into the eyes of a man" and is designed for "a man who knows his freedom has no limits," who can you turn to for your commercial soundtrack?

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David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Plant Among Featured Releases for Record Store Day

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recordstoreday.com

A number of classic rock artists highlight the list of exclusives on tap for Record Store Day 2015, which takes place on April 18.

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Listen to Previously Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Song, ‘Station Break’

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Legacy

On March 24, some of Jimi Hendrix's earliest recordings will be released as You Can’t Use My Name: Curtis Knight & the Squires (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) - The RSVP/PPX Sessions.

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Jimi Hendrix Was Reportedly Woodstock’s Highest-Paid Performer

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YouTube

When a guy can play "The Star-Spangled Banner" with his teeth, you don't haggle over his booking fee.

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Mitch Mitchell Vs. Alex Van Halen: March Drum Madness

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George Stroud / David Becker, Getty Images

Two legendary drummer face off in the opening round of our new March Drum Madness competition, as Mitch Mitchell (who backed guitar great Jimi Hendrix) goes up against Alex Van Halen (who backs guitar great Eddie Van Halen).

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Watch Jimi Hendrix’s Last Interview in New Animated Video

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YouTube

In September 2013, audio of Jimi Hendrix's last-ever interview was discovered and broadcast.

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56 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Gets Fired Halfway Through His First Gig

Experience Hendrix / Legacy
Experience Hendrix / Legacy

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

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