In 2005, Jimi's debut album Are You Experienced? was inducted into the United States National Recording Preservation Board's National Recording Registry.
Jimi was somewhat ambidextrous. Although he wrote right-handed, he naturally played guitar left-handed - much to the chagrin of his father who believed that playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil. Jimi's brother says that Jimi would play right-handed when his dad was present, but once he left the room, Jimi would use his famous left hand. Because of this, unlike Paul McCartney, another famous lefty, he was also able to play right-handed guitars without restringing - which served him well when "auditioning" guitars in music stores.
Jimi's father, James "Al" Hendrix, the sole heir to the Jimi Hendrix estate, had signed away the rights to portions of his son's work to several international conglomerates in the 1970's. Claiming he'd been misled, he filed, with the financial aid of Paul Allen, the billionaire Hendrix fan who'd co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, a federal lawsuit against those conglomerates and against the holding companies and lawyers connected to the estate. In 1995 he regained complete control of his son's estate, which included Jimi Hendrix's finished and unreleased recordings, as well as his musical compositions.
The Experience Music Project in Seattle, often touted as a museum and interactive shrine to Jimi Hendrix has actually evolved into a museum dedicated to the historical exploration of both popular music and science fiction. Founded by computer magnate Paul Allen in 2000, the original Experience Music Project wing struggled financially until adding a Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in 2004. Although it hosts regular Hendrix exhibitions - such as "Jimi Hendrix" (2003-2007) and "Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound" (2008-2010) - the focus of the EMP|SFM, as it's now known (empsfm.org), has widened considerably to encompass the musical heritage of the entire Pacific Northwest (and beyond) and the science fiction of the entire universe.
Jimi used Fender Stratocasters most frequently, but he would occasionally play the Gibson SG, Flying V, and Les Paul. On rare occasions he played the Fender Jazzmaster and the Fender Duo-Sonic.
Hendrix was a devout Bob Dylan fan, often to the annoyance of friends and girlfriends as he would play Dylan's records over and over. His cover of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" so impressed Bob that Dylan now performs the song as a Hendrix tribute.
Jimi claimed that he was expelled from school for holding hands with his white girlfriend. However, the principal insisted it was due to poor grades and frequent absences.
Hendrix got in trouble with the law once for riding in a stolen vehicle. He got the choice of two years in prison, or joining the army. He chose the army, for which he was out in the 101st Airborne Division. Later he was also arrested for possession of illegal drugs while in an airport, although he claimed a fan had snuck it into his suitcase when he wasn't looking.
Jimi got his first guitar at the age of 15, replacing his broomstick that he would pretend to be a guitar.
Jimi's childhood nickname was Buster.
Hendrix and Pete Townsend of The Who got into a heated argument over who was going to follow whom at the Monterey Pop Festival. Neither artist wanted to follow the other, so John Phillips flipped a coin to decide. Townshend won, meaning Hendrix had to close the show. Jimi answered The Who's c end-of-show instrument smashing by ritualistically setting his own guitar on fire during his last song, "Wild Thing", then smashing the instrument to bits and tossing pieces of it out into the audience.
Although word of the Hendrix's phenomenal success in England spread through the U.S. like wildfire, he was not seen in America (and no records were released here) until June of 1967, when, at the insistence of Paul McCartney, the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival.
After The Experience broke up, Jimi put together a new band for Woodstock called "Gypsies, Sun and Rainbows" with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox as well as a second guitarist, Larry Lee, and two percussionists. Their one and only performance was on August 18, 1969 at the Woodstock music festival.
They also ranked Jimi's first three albums in their 100 Greatest Albums:
- #5 - Are You Experienced? (1967)
- #72 - Electric Ladyland (1968)
- #78 - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)
Additionally, they ranked two of his recordings in their 100 Greatest Rock Songs:
- #25 - "Purple Haze" (1967)
- #34 - "All Along the Watchtower" (1968)
Jimi Hendrix was listed as the #1 rock guitarist of all time on digitaldreamdoor.com. His solo on "All Along the Watchtower" was ranked #3 on the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time.
Jimi was ranked number 1 on rock.com's top 100 guitarists of all time.
Jimi was ranked number 5 on rock.com's top hard rock artists of all time.
Jimi's first guitar was a white Supro Ozark that his dad had bought him.
During performances, Jimi sometimes emulated the duck-walk made famous by Chuck Berry.
Jimi has said that Little Richard, who he later toured and recorded with, inspired him to become a musician.
"All Along the Watchtower" is ranked number 18 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
"Purple Haze" was ranked number 17 on rock.com's top 500 classic rock songs.
In 1992, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1994 Jimi was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
On September 11, 1946, James Marshall Hendrix became Jimi's official name.
Jimi Hendrix pretended he was gay to avoid being drafted to war. That is why his sexuality is a matter of dispute.
Jimi claims that his music is called electric church music because he claims music is a religion.
When Chas Chandler brought Jimi to England and helped him put together The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he also got him a recording contract with newly formed Track Records - the first record label anywhere to release new recordings under Jimi's name with his consent (although, due to distribution deals, Jimi's first LP came out on four different labels in three different versions). In all, while he lived and after he died, seven different companies have released and re-released what they claimed were "authentic" Jimi Hendrix recordings (not all really were and not all were legal) : Track, Barclay, Polydor, Reprise, Capitol, MCA and RSVP.
Jimi enlisted into the Army on May 31st and served for exactly one year.
One of Jimi's greatest early idols was Elvis Presley.
Jimi was 9 when his parents got divorced.
Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix, the son of Al Hendrix and Lucille Jeter Hendrix
He is #1 on the Rolling Stone's List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Jimi opened for The Monkees several times in 1968, but left the Monkees tour soon after Monterey to begin his own. Persistant rumors that he was dropped from the tour at the insistence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, rumors totally concocted by the Monkees' press corps, became part of the burgeoning Hendrix myth.
The first band Jimi played in was called The King Kasuals, an R&B group.
Jimi: Music is my religion.
Jimi: I wish I could bring my guitar (to the waterfall) and plug it in down
Jimi: Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
Jimi: Down South at some funky club, one cat up there starving to death and he might be the best guitar player you ever heard and you might not know his name.
Jimi: I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.
Jimi: The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
Jimi: If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment.
Jimi: I have this one little saying - when things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
Jimi: Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi: I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.
Jimi: When I die, just keep playin' the records.
Jimi: I don't want to be a clown anymore. I don't want to be a 'rock & roll star!
Jimi: It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you're dead, you're made for life.
Jimi: When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.
Jimi: You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.
Jimi: In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
Jimi: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
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