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I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942 and began playing guitar at the age of 15. Although his career was short, having just four years of mainstream recognition in his lifetime, he has been repeatedly voted the greatest guitarist of all time, inspiring a multitude of disciples from all genres of music. In fact, it may be harder to find a guitarist or musician who hasn’t been influenced by Hendrix.

Despite his eventual stardom, Hendrix struggled in his early career in the USA, and he had to wait until he was invited to Britain by Animals bassist Chas Chandler to find success. Chandler gave Jimi the chance he had been waiting for, introducing him to Eric Clapton and finding him two musicians, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, with whom The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed.

From 1966-69 the band enjoyed success with three albums and hits including Purple Haze Hey Joe and Foxy Lady. The band’s stunning live shows, included a notorious performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 during which Hendrix ritualistically set his guitar on fire at the end of a frenetic 45 minute set. The band split in 1969, before Hendrix's most famous performance at the Woodstock music festival, which he headlined with his new group, Gypsy Sun & Rainbows.

Hendrix died in 1970, when he was just 27 years old, but his legacy of music and love have lived on, and his work continues to inspire thousands of guitarists, young and old, to this day.