Sunday, 11 November 2012

Jimi Hendrix

Born Johnny Allen Hendrix, later changed to James Marshal Hendrix
November 27, 1942
Seattle, Washington
September 18, 1970

Significant Facts About Jimi Hendrix:
Played backup guitar for Ike and Tina Turner, Little Richard, King Curtis, The Isley Brothers, and Wilson Pickett.
Formed his first band - Jimmy James and the Blue Flames - in 1965.
Formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966 and quickly became a hit in Europe.
Couldn't read or write music, but was one of the single most important influences on electric guitar rock.

Jimi Hendrix Career Highlights:

He played with local groups in Seattle before joining the Army in 1961, after which he moved to Nashville and earned a living backing various touring acts before moving to New York and forming his own group in 1966. He was known as a perfectionist in the studio, requiring dozens of takes of each song. Hendrix recorded just four studio albums (one of which wasn’t released until after his death) and one live album before his death at age 27 from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.


Scorched Jimi Hendrix guitar sells for £280,000

The first guitar set alight by Jimi Hendrix has sold at auction for £280,000.

Jimi Hendrix's scorched Stratocaster had lain forgotten in a garage for nearly 40 years.

The rock legend torched his 1965 Fender Stratocaster at the end of a show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, north London, in March 1967.  The stunt sent roadies rushing to put out the flames and left Hendrix needing treatment for minor burns.  But amid the hubbub, press officer Tony Garland cleared away the scorched Stratocaster and stored it in his parents garage in Hove, East Sussex, where it lay forgotten for nearly 40 years.  Even as Hendrix became famous for burning his guitars on stage the instrument remained undiscovered until last year when it was unearthed by Garland's nephew.  The guitar was bought for just over the estimated price at the Fame Bureau's It's More Than Rock And Roll auction at the Idea Generation Gallery in east London, the guitar was snapped up for just over the estimated price.  American collector Daniel Boucher who bought piece of rock history, said: "I thought I'd have to pay a little bit more for it, actually. I am going to play it, I hope some of it rubs off on me.  "It changed music, he raised the bar so high you couldn't get over it. Obviously it is an investment, it couldn't not be an investment for that amount of money, but I bought it because I like it."