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Jimi Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix 27th November 1942; died 18th September 1970) Jimi Hendrix is a world famous guitarist famous for hits such as 'Voodoo Child' and 'Purple Haze'.

Musical career: Jimi Hendrix had a band called the Casuals whilst in the army with bass player and fellow soldier Billy Cox. The pair formed a new band called King Kasuals after moving to Tennessee following their army discharge. It was there he learned to play guitar with his teeth. He played across Clarksville and later moved to Nashville. His first single 'Testify' was released in 1964 with the Isley Brothers but failed to chart. Later that year, he joined Little Richard's touring band the Upsetters and released the single 'I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)'. He was later fired after various disagreements and proceeded to return to the Isley Brothers for a short while. In 1965, he joined Curtis Knight and the Squires for 8 months and formed his own band, the Blue Flame, in 1966. His career really kicked off when Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' girlfriend Linda Keith recommended him to Chas Chandler, who was just leaving the Animals, and who agreed to sign him and help him form a new band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. In 1966, the band was signed to Track records and their subsequent first single 'Hey Joe' was released peaking at number 6 in the UK charts though it failed to appear on US charts. In 1967, they released 'Purple Haze' which reached number 3, and 'The Wind Cries Mary' which peaked at number 6 and stayed there for eleven weeks. Later that year, to gain media coverage he set fire to his guitar after a set at the London Astoria. They released their iconic debut album 'Are You Experienced' in 1967 in the UK where it spent 33 weeks at number 2. It reached number 5 in the US. A big part of their US success was their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival which earned them a lot more attention. They subsequently played with Big Brother and the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane in a few concerts but replaced Jefferson at the top of the bill after outperforming them. They later accompanied the Monkees on their first American tour but quit very soon into it. They released their second album 'Axis: Bold as Love' in 1967. Hendrix lost the master tape of side one in a taxi which they had to remix overnight. He later told of his disappointment at how things turned out. After releasing it in the UK in 1968, he went to Sweden for a European tour but was arrested and later fined after getting into a drunken fight and smashing a window in the Hotel Opalen. Hendrix recorded 'Electric Ladyland' in 1968 with Chas Chandler as an initial producer. He, however, left Hendrix for good after becoming increasingly annoyed with his attitude. It was by no means a bad change though as the album topped the US charts for two weeks. The band began to fall apart later that year when Noel Redding left to form his own band and he reunited with Billy Cox to replace Noel. Mitchell soon also failed to make time for the band, putting other commitments first. The band's last concert was at the Denver Pop Festival in 1969; an event that gave the police a lot of work as they were forced to use tear gas to control the crowd. He performed at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 with his new band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. His insistence on closing the festival and the heavy rain ended up with him performing in the early hours of Monday morning rather than Sunday night. It was also the event that saw his iconic performance of the US national anthem. Following his set, he collapsed from exhaustion. In 1968, he released live album 'Band of Gypsys' with one of his early producers Ed Chalpin after he pointed out that he was still under contract to record an album for him. He created an 'all-black' band during the time of Black Power organisations with Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles and they went on to perform four shows over two days for the LP which reached the top ten in the US and the UK in 1970. In 1970, Band of Gypsys played their last show at the Winter Festival for Peace at Madison Square Garden. He only played a few songs before making a rude comment at a female fan in the audience and soon leaving the stage. There were suggestions that he'd been taking drugs. Later that year he played the Cry of Love tour with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. His last public performance was at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho alongside his new band War and Eric Burdon. In 1994, his family won control of his music and set up the company Experience Hendrix. His posthumous releases include part of his unfinished 'Cry of Love' album and 1997's 'First Rays of the New Rising Sun'. Hendrix won seven posthumous Grammy awards with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Hendrix has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jimi Hendrix: Personal life Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington. His parents were WWII soldier Allen Ross Hendrix and Lucille Jeter but they divorced when he was nine. His name was changed from Johnny Allen to James Marshall in 1946 as Al was unable to be consulted on the name at his birth. During Al's military absence, Lucille struggled to bring up Jimi and sometimes neglected him when she went out partying in the evenings. This led to Jimi almost being adopted by a family friend who Al discovered was looking after him while he was away. His childhood was tumultuous. His parents were alcoholics and had a violent relationship, his brother Leon was in and out of foster care, his other siblings got adopted and he suffered from sexual abuse. On the day of his mother's funeral when he was 15, his father gave him a shot of whisky instead of taking them to the ceremony. He attended Horace Mann Elementary School where he would be obsessed with carrying a broom around like a guitar. He then went to Washington Junior High School but failed to graduate from Garfield High School. His first instrument was a ukulele with a single string that he found in a wealthy woman's house while removing trash. He enrolled in the army under the threat of prison after being busted driving stolen vehicles. Jimi Hendrix's life was coloured by his frequent drug use and numerous allegations of violence. He used LSD, cannabis and amphetamines during his career and many of his friends and family said that his alcohol abuse transformed him into an aggressive individual. He hit one girlfriend, Carmen Borrero, in the eye with a vodka bottle causing her to get stitches and he was fined in 1968 for trashing a hotel room. He was arrested and charged in 1969 for possessing drugs at Toronto Pearson International Airport but was later acquitted after he insisted it was slipped into his luggage without his knowledge. He had one son, James Daniel Sundquist , in 1969 with a Swedish woman named Eva Sundquist. Hendrix was pronounced dead on September 18th 1970 after becoming asphyxiated with his own vomit while intoxicated with barbiturates. His girlfriend, Monika Dannemann, was asleep in bed next to him at the time.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Carlos Santana: 'Jimi & Whitney Overdosed On Fame'

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The guitarist insists drugs and other vices may have led to the late and greats' ultimate demise, but they shouldn't have surrounded themselves with adulation and awards.

"I've always believed in separating onstage and off-stage," the Smooth hitmaker tells Closer magazine. "Being onstage is, indeed, a high, but as soon as you play your last note, become the person, not the personality.

"They (Jimi Hendrix and Whitney Houston) overdosed on themselves... They didn't know when to park that personality in the closet and be a person.

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Porn Star Mary Millington Honoured With Blue Plaque

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Mary Millington, who died in 1979, holds a world record for the longest-running British film which played continuously for four years.

Her famed soft porn movie Come Play With Me set a record when it was screened at the old Moulin Cinema in London's Soho - the site in which the iconic plaque will be unveiled by her ex-partner and former manager David Sullivan.

A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.

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Jimi Hendrix Was Turned Away From Claridge's

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Hendrix relocated to London from New York in 1968 and moved into an apartment in Brook Street, in the Mayfair area of the city, with his British girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

The property has recently undergone a $3.5 million (£2.4 million) renovation to recreate the interior exactly as it was when the couple lived there, and it is to open as a museum and permanent memorial to the rocker on Wednesday (10Feb16).

Now Etchingham has recalled how she struggled to rent a property in the area as snooty estate agents did not want Hendrix as a resident, and the couple was even turned away from nearby Claridge's, a five-star hotel dubbed the "annex to Buckingham Palace" because so many royals stay there.

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Jimi Hendrix - Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival Album Review

When it comes to the late Jimi Hendrix, there is only one thing to know. Hendrix is one of the most named and influential people in classic rock and not only does his guitar playing epitomize the meaning of cool, he's also technically one of the best of all time. Each and every one of his recorded live performances, which include Woodstock, Monterey and the Atlanta Pop Festival, are legendary.

Jimi Hendrix - Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival Album Review

Until now, Hendrix's performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival was never available on vinyl, though some excerpts have been featured in different documentaries and albums.
For the first time, Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival explores this rare gem. The concert featured bassist Billy Cox (who took over from longtime Experience bassist Noel Redding), and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

The album features Hendrix in his prime. His performance of "Purple Haze," particularly his guitar solo on that track, showcases his true musicianship, and leaves no question as to why he is a rock legend. "Freedom" is another standout track that demonstrates the greatness of Hendrix's live essence. The vibe Hendrix gives the crowd during this performance leaves one to wonder, what would Jimi Hendrix be like if he were still alive and playing today?

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Dutch Company E-joint Release Vaporizer In Honour Of Jimi Hendrix

e-joint, a Dutch company that sells smoking paraphernalia, have released a vaporizer in honour of Jimi Hendrix. The specially designed vaporizer bearing the American rock guitarists image is available for pre-order from today (27Nov15), also his birthday, with delivery in January 2016. - Delft, Netherlands - Friday 27th November 2015

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Jimi Hendrix Forms Double Act With Handel At London Museum

Georg Frideric Handel blue plaque - The Hendrix rooms will open on 10 February 2016, with tickets going on sale from next Monday. Ticketing will allow visitors to choose either Hendrix or Handel, or both. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd July 2010

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Jimi Hendrix Forms Double Act With Handel At London Museum

Exterior of Handel & Hendrix - The Hendrix rooms will open on 10 February 2016, with tickets going on sale from next Monday. Ticketing will allow visitors to choose either Hendrix or Handel, or both. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 29th October 2015

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Jimi Hendrix in 23 Brook Street - The Hendrix rooms will open on 10 February 2016, with tickets going on sale from next Monday. Ticketing will allow visitors to choose either Hendrix or Handel, or both. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th September 2015

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Jimi Hendrix's London Home To Become Public Exhibition

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A London property at which the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix lived in the late 1960s is to be opened to the public in early 2016, along with a neighbouring property once occupied by the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel.

‘Handel and Hendrix in London’ will open on February 10th next year, with tickets going on sale on November 2nd. The two properties have been restored as part of a £2.4 million project which lasted two years, with Hendrix’s bedroom on the top floor of 23 Brook Street previously being used an office by staff from the Handel House Trust. Now, it has been re-decorated to look as it would have done when the guitarist lived there from July 1968 to the end of 1969.

Jimi HendrixThe London flat at which Hendrix resided from 1968-1969 will become an exhibition

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Jimi Hendrix Home To Open In 2016

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The musician lived on the top floor of the Georgian townhouse from 1968 to 1969 and officials have spent two years restoring the property into a permanent memorial to the late rocker.

Officials have splashed out around $3.8 million (£2.4 million) revamping the apartment on Brook Street in Mayfair to reflect how it looked when Jimi lived there, and they have now confirmed it will be opened to the public in February (16).

The exhibition will also feature memorabilia from the guitar legend's life and career.

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Jimi Hendrix's Estate Sues Over Guitar

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Members of Experience Hendrix LLC, who run the estate, have filed a lawsuit against Harvey Moltz, owner of Rainbow Guitars in Tucson, Arizona over a Black Widow acoustic guitar, which is believed to have belonged to Hendrix.

According to the complaint, the instrument was handed to Hendrix's father following the musician's death in 1970, and when his dad passed away, it was given to Experience Hendrix LLC. They first realised it was missing in 2014 when an auction house called to authenticate its sale.

Company bosses first filed a lawsuit against former Earth, Wind & Fire star Sheldon Reynolds, who was married to Hendrix's stepsister Janie, in November, 2014 for its return, but he no longer possessed the guitar.

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Madonna, Marvin Gaye And George Harrison Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction

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Blondie, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Sly Stone, the Isley Brothers, and Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards will also compete for a spot in the Class of 2016 as performers, while Motown legend Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and pop songwriter Max Martin are among those who are eligible as non-performers.

Other notable names include Michael MCDonald, Steve Miller, Teddy Riley, Chip Taylor and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson's smash hits Thriller and Off the Wall.

Hall of Fame members will cast their votes by 11 December (15) and the top seven picks will be announced early next year (16).

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Isle Of Wight Filmmaker Wants To Revisit Definitive Festival Movie

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The director was not a fan of Michael Wadleigh's coverage of the 1969 music festival, because it suggests the event was all love, peace and hippies - and he'd like to show the clash of music industry and idealism that he saw at the Isle of Wight event in 1970.

Lerner, who has released concert films featuring Jimi Hendrix and The Who's performances at the Isle of Wight, has just released a DVD/Blu-Ray called What's Going On, which captures Rory Gallagher and Taste's show-stopping set at the festival - and he still has hundreds of hours of footage.

He tells WENN, "Message to Love got lost in the distribution and rights issues. I'd like to make the definitive festival movie. I'm hoping to. It was a very rich culture that I was able to capture in that movie because of my feelings about what had been missing in Woodstock and other films like that.

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Rod Stewart's Poetry Book

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Rod Stewart wants to release a book of poetry with Ronnie Wood.

The 'Maggie May' hitmaker has always had a ''unique'' relationship with his Faces bandmate, to the extent they have their own language, and he would love for them to publish a ''hilarious'' literary project they previously worked on.

He said: ''It's a unique relationship. We have our own little language. Did he ever tell you about the book of poems and drawings we did when we were with Jeff Beck?

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27th November, 1942

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18th September, 1970







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