Black History Month: Jimi Hendrix The First King of Rock and Roll


 

November 27th 1942 – September 18 1970 (age 29)

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Jimi Hendrix was the first King of Rock and Roll and is widely the most influential electric guitarists in the history of Rock and Roll music. By 1969 he was the world’s highest paid rock musician, yet his mainstream career lasted a mere 4 years! I was shocked and surprised when I first read Jimi Hendrix was 27 years old when he died! Why would an artist so talented have such a short career? His music was better than any musician to play a guitar yet his life was taken away. He headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before dying from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18 1970.

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I believe the famous black musician was murdered. The details surrounding his death are fuzzy, he was seen to be a user of drugs ‘cannabis’ although he is believed to have taken an overdose. His bodies post examination was said to barbiturate-related asphyxia, which is to do with the slowing down of the central nervous system. Why would an eccentric rock and roll star need to take drugs to slow down his central nervous system? The proof of this is still to be seen yet the evidence is clear and to me speaks for itself.

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Music was in his blood as a child Jimi used to walk around with a broom that he pretended to be a guitar. He did not know how to write or read music so copied what he heard by ear. His first guitar had only one string, he played single notes following along to Elvis Presley’s cover of Leiber and Stollers Hound Dog.  As an adolescent during the 1950s, Hendrix became interested in rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley, Little Richards and Chuck Berry. He later made a name for himself moving from band to band impressing the audience with is electric sound. His song Earth blues is said to be what happens when earth fucks with space.

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Our black history has always represented strength and resilience. America was a society that was strongly against black Americans having civil rights. The popularity of Jimi Hendrix meant he could not be murdered openly yet these artists merely become puppets and drones to what is around them. This has been around and will remain around as long as racism is in place.

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Hendrix’s said about his music We don’t want to be classed in any category. If it must have a tag he called it ‘Free feeling’ A mixture of rock, freak out, rave and blues. Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electric sound source.

I believe him to be a icon but look who holds the title of King of Rock and Roll.

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