Jimi Hendrix Essay

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Jimi Hendrix, a superstar of psychedelic rock and roll, and an icon in millions of eyes was my first taste of real rock and roll. I first heard the psychedelic sounds of Voodoo Child when I was six years old. I remember it clearly. I was riding in my cousins old jeep with no doors. He had just installed a new CD player and popped in a CD by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, he flipped a couple switches and out came Voodoo Child blasting thru his speakers. The sound was soothing and although I couldn’t comprehend what the song was about I fell in love with it. It was my first time listening to that kind of music, and it opened me up to all the greats of that time and became what my music choice of today is. James Marshall Hendrix was born …show more content…
The same year the only F he had received in school was in music class. Jimi did not perform well in that environment but ironically took his music classes from a local blues artist, Leo Davis, who taught Hendrix the fundamentals of guitar playing. Hendrix had no trouble graduating from middle school, but did not graduate from Garfield High School, he was kicked out. He was awarded an honorary diploma in 1990, and the library is in his name. Although the Principal will argue that he was expelled for poor grades and disciplinary issues, Jimi later stated in an interview that it was because he was caught holding hands with a white girl. Hendrix drew most of his work from blues/R&B/rock & roll. He was very fond of singer and artist Elvis Presley whom he saw perform in 1957. He also drew on singers such as Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and Chuck Berry. His early impressions of the blues came from his father’s records of B.B. King and Muddy Waters. He drifted from blues clubs to rock and roll clubs in Seattle picking up new rhythm’s and tricks to incorporate into his own music. Hendrix created a new way of playing the guitar with his teeth, behind his back, and his signature playing his right-handed guitar left-handed. His teacher before he branched out with his new band was Butch Snipes. Snipes was instrumental in encouraging Jimi to pursue a musical career, realizing the talent he saw in

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