Jimi Hendrix: Biography
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Washington. He had many siblings. He first expressed interest in guitar when he was around eleven. He started playing on a guitar with only one string. At the time he thought that was the only string guitars had. He eventually got a second hand guitar, a Fender Stratocaster and he turned it upside down and strung it for a left handed player. This would become his signature. Hendrix picked up guitar very quickly and he was heavily inspired by the R&B of the day. That is something that would heavily influence his style. In the mid/late 60s, Hendrix played in Chuck Berry's band, however, Berry kicked Hendrix out for show boating and robbing him of his spotlight. It wasn't long before Jimi put together his band, The Experience and they performed at the Monterrey Pop Festival in England in 1967. Jimi was legendary after that. His career kept going up, eventually "peaking" when he headlined the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969, where he played his famed Star spangled banner. However, Jimi died soon thereafter in 1970 from sleeping pills. He was 27.

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