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Everyone knows Hendrix's story: that of a chitlin-circuit pro who moved to England for his big chance, grew his hair, and turned up the volume on everything from his Marshall stack to his sartorial choices. Paired with a British rhythm section, Hendrix quickly announced a new breed of hard rock with a slowed-down, mysterious cover of the garage-band murder ballad "Hey Joe". Soon, Are You Experienced arrived, displaying a visionary approach that combined flights of lyrical fancy ("The Wind Cries Mary"), avant-jazz rhythms (the bridge of "Love or Confusion"), and two-ton feathers of post-blues noise ("I Don't Live Today"). When Hendrix turned the title cut's guitar solo into a backward-tape reverie of sustained notes and swoops, he echoed his hero Bob Dylan's famous quote "It used to go like that; now it goes like this". But he wasn't just talking about one song.


Genre: Rock

In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes...
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