Gabriel Corn, Editor in Chief
James Marshall, also known as “Jimi” Hendrix, one of the greatest rock legends ever known, lived a life full of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. He was born on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. Before his popularity and success, Jimi Hendrix mimicked the styles of musicians like B.B. King, Muddy waters, Albert King, and Howlin’ Wolf. He was a part of the Isley Brothers and Curtis Knight and the Squires.
In 1966, he was discovered by Linda Keith while playing with Curtis Knight and the Squire. Soon after, Hendrix began solo releasing The Jimi Hendrix Experience and finding major success with his top songs “Purple Haze”, “Hey Joe”, and “The Wind Cries Mary.” Hendrix was successful throughout the 1960’s up until his death in 1970 at the age of 27.
Of course, many conspiracies arose claiming that he was killed, rather than dying of an overdose on sleeping pills. There was not enough evidence to label his death as a homicide or suicide, so the verdict was left opened. It was said that Hendrix spent his last day alive with Monika Danneman, who found him that Friday morning. Since then, the lack of evidence regarding Jimi’s death has caused a lot of speculation. Regardless of how he died, Jimi Hendrix made an impact throughout his career and was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 15, 1992.
He inspired many future artists including Lenny Kravitz, Slash, and John Frusciante. Jimi Hendrix was a man who did not conform to society’s rules and changed pop culture in the 70s. He will definitely remain a modern legend in the genre of Rock And Roll.