Jimi Hendrix- Post 1

Jimi Hendrix

“When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild, and freak out an’ do anything they wanna do.”
— Jimi Hendrix


Jimi Hendrix is well-known for his guitar playing and is argued to be the best guitarist of all time. I have always heard of his talent, but I never really sat down and listened to his music. So, that was the very first thing I did. I listened to his song, Machine Gun. To be honest, I thought it was going to have more singing in it, but I was not disappointed. His magnificent guitar playing had my jaw on the floor. People also talk about his famous rendition of America’s National Anthem. To get to know Hendrix’s music a little more I decided to listen to that as well. He used his guitar to make the sound of bombs dropping and machine guns going off. Once again I was very impressed. After listening to the songs, I pulled up google and began researching about his life.

Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. This is where he began to teach himself how to play the guitar as an adolescent. Before Hendrix’s career could really take off he enlisted into the army after high school in 1961. However, he didn’t join the military by choice. He was given the decision, to either join the military or go to prison for a few years. Hendrix chose to go into the army where he was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne before he received an honorable discharge. He received the discharge due to an ankle injury during a parachute jump. Due to his attitude, Hendrix’s commanders didn’t care for him. One of his officers is to have said, “This is one of his faults, because his mind apparently cannot function while performing duties and thinking about his guitar.” After a few years being out of the military he headed to London with his band titled, “Jimi Hendrix Experience,” where his career took off.



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One thought on “Jimi Hendrix- Post 1

  1. Hi Jenny,

    You should seek out a book called “Becoming Jimi Hendrix.” It is available on Amazon. There are a number of good biographies of Hendrix as well. There’s also a book called. Jimi Hendrix In His Own Words, which is full of primary sources.

    Have you thought about writing a paper about Hendrix’s experiences in the military and then his attitudes towards the Vietnam War, which would be informed by your reading of Hendrix’s song “Machine Gun?”

    Good work here.

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