Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, considered one of the best guitarists in rock-and-roll music, and who died at the height of his fame in 1970. He was born James Marshall Hendrix in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix began his short career by touring with a number of rhythm and blues shows witch carried him from 1961until 1966. In 1966 Jimi moved to England and founded the Jimi Hendrix Experience, a trio that included Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding. The group made its first appearance in Paris in 1966 and toured clubs on the European continent and
England from 1966 until 1967. The trio was an immediate hit, and its singles "Hey, Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary" rose to the top of the pop charts in England.
Returning to the United States, Hendrix appeared at the Monterey Festival in1967, where he performed "Wild Thing". Jimi also performed at Woodstock in 1970, where he recorded his participation in the now-famous 1969 music festival. His unique style, with suggestive moves, a pulsating beat, and a strongly amplified sound, and the smashing of his guitar, made his appearances controversial but extremely popular. Hendrix's version of "The Star Spangled Banner," in which he plucked the guitar with his teeth, became legendary. He died of a drug overdose at the height of his fame. His best-selling albums include Are You Experienced?, Axis Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland

Although Jimi Hendrix is one of rock's biggest icons, it is hard to think of another artist who has been so often misrepresented. To the media and the public, Hendrix was the wild man of rock, the chief promoter of the drug generation, uncontrollable, undisciplined and inarticulate. Many saw his career in terms of a rise to megastardom with flashy guitar histrionics, followed by an ugly death from an overdose of the drugs that ruled his life. Yet the real Hendrix was a sensitive, soft-spoken and shy man; above all he was an instinctive musician and songwriter who was admired, not just by his fellow rock musicians, but also by those in the jazz, folk, soul and blues worlds.

The real quality of his playing has been overseen by his emotion. His skill was extraordinary, drawing his raw technique from blues giants like Albert King, and mixing in the subtlety and melody of jazz, and the dynamic rhythms of soul and R&B. It is well known that the generation of feedback became an integral part of his sound, but few realized that he used to orchestrate it, allowing the higher-register strings to feed back while harmonizing with the lower-register ones.

Hendrix's rise was not easy. Despite demonstrating a love for the guitar at a very early age, he was already in his early twenties before he made his first serious attempt to earn his living through music. By the summer of 1966 he had spent a tough period touring America with The Isley Brothers and Little Richard. Though he would later recall the frustration of playing 'Top 40 standards' night after night, there is no doubt that paying his dues in this way made his playing tighter, as well as expanding his stage skills. Many of Hendrix's predecessors, from 'T-Bone' Walker to Chuck Berry, had learned from the same experiences that you had to entertain people to survive on the live stage.

After passing through countless bands of varying quality, Hendrix wound up in New York, miserable. Adopting the stage name Jimmy James, he formed his own band, but it lacked the art and direction to attract serious interest; auditions for record companies were unsuccessful, as bosses failed to recognize any potential in the young guitarist whose talent must have outshone the abilities of his backing band.

However, The Animals' bassist-turned-manager and producer Chas Chandler saw Hendrix and was so impressed that, in September 1966, he persuaded him to return with him to England. Chandler's timing was impeccable - the Beatles had ceased touring in favor of recording, and the UK scene was set for an outstanding new talent - and he understood how to direct his new charge both visually with the white guitar and tie-dyed clothes witch was totally new in the 60s and musically, without in any way compromising him. While there was never