Jimi Hendrix

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Anthony Xiong Professor Applegate AEP2
25 December 2013
Jimi Hendrix: The God of Guitar
“Everybody come alive, everybody live alive, everybody love alive, everybody hear my message.” Although died at 27, the golden age for an excellent genius, Jimi Hendrix will always stay alive in the music world. The Experience's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography states: “Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music. Hendrix expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before. His boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.” Despite a relatively brief mainstream career spanning four years, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, not only for his unique music style, but also for his spectacular instrumental performance.
Rock’n’Roll or Blues? Does not matter!
Jimi Hendrix was born in the era of intense change on rock and roll music. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, either the piano or saxophone was often the lead instrument, but these were generally replaced or supplemented by guitar in the middle to late 1950s. As guitar redefined the beat and style of this emerging genre, there
Xiong 1 came a new form of rock and roll band, usually played with one or two electric guitars (one lead, one rhythm), a string bass or (after the mid-1950s) an electric bass guitar, and a drum kit. A great number of rock bands at that time, for instance, the Rolling Stones, the Shadows and the Beatles, were known for their flexible forms and passionate musical rhythms, and thereby loved by young people all around the world.
Among these brilliant bands, The Jimi…...

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