About Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an American rock musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the genre, despite enjoying only four years of mainstream success before his death at the age of 27 in 1970. A pioneer of the electric guitar, Jimi Hendrix popularised the use of guitar amplifier feedback and the wah-wah pedal, as well as making great strides in the use of stereophonic phasing effects in rock music. Playing with his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix, already successful in Europe, gained fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and quickly became an international musical star. Jimi Hendrix's wildman style and technical skill with a guitar has become an icon of the genre. In addition to his creative riffs and pioneering of guitar effects, he would often perform numerous tricks with his guitar, which became a signature of the legendary guitarist. Among these feats where playing a guitar with his teeth and playing a guitar behind his head. During his career, Jimi Hendrix released three studio albums with his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, these were, "Are You Experienced", "Axis: Bold as Love" and "Electric Ladyland". Each can be found listed on numerous "greatest albums" lists and "Are You Experienced" was in 2005, selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States. Jimi Hendrix and his music was associated with psychedelic drug use throughout his career even though he did not take such drugs, other than marijuana, until later in his career. This later drug use has been attributed as the cause of his death due to asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates on 18th September, 1970. However, the circumstances of his death have been a point of some speculation.

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