Jimi Hendrix Essay

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The 1960's and 1970's was a time of revolution in music. A new sound in music was created. This sound was a cutting edge sound of electric guitars and hard drum riffs. In the 60's, this new sound was perfected by bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and later in the 70's bands such as Black Sabbath, and Lynard Skynard. There was also this one man, by the name of Jimi Hendrix, who made this sound his own. Jimi Hendrix had a short life, and didn't get to show the world everything that he had. At the age of 27, Jimi became a rock legend. His music was influential to almost all of today's modern rock stars. Jimi Hendrix died almost 30 years ago, but his legacy will live on forever. James Allen Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942. He later had his name changed to James Marshall Hendrix, because of his great uncle who died in the war. Jimi was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Jimi's childhood was rough. His parents, Al and Lucille, got divorced eight days before Christmas, when Jimi was nine years old. Having a "constant security" was hard for young Jimi, but one of his best friends was his own brother, Leon. He taught his younger brother many things about life and how to be a kid, but unfortunately was sent off to a foster home only a few years later. Like any other normal child, Jimi had to go to school. His school life was just like his home life, he was alone and confused. Poetry and Art were ways that Jimi got away from his home and school troubles. Also around the age of eight, Elvis was a role model for Jimi. The way Elvis played, and what he played influenced Jimi so much, that he wanted to do the same thing. Al saw Jimi's interest in music and found an old ukulele, fixed it up and gave to Jimi. Jimi's talent was increasing, and as he was starting to show his true playing ability, there was a tragic accident in the family. On February 2, 1958, Lucille, Jimi's mother died of a ruptured spleen, which led to failed kidneys. Jimi was only 15 when this death occurred, and could not attend the funeral. The reason for not attending his own mothers' funeral was that he could not find a ride to the funeral home. Only a few months after Lucille's' death, Hendrix was invited to play with a band called the Velvetones. The Velvetones only lasted about a year, but the experience with playing a real band would change Jimi's life forever. After Jimi decided that the Velvetones wasn't going anywhere, Jimi joined a new band. Around the same time, 1959, Al bought Jimi his first electric guitar. The Rocking Kings was the name of the band, and Jimi was slowly getting a name for himself. He made his first live debut with them, and started becoming very serious with music as a profession. Jimi was so involved in his band that he dropped out of school in 1960. Al was not impressed, to keep his dad happy, Jimi joined the United States Army. After a couple years of service in the Army he quit, Jimi Hendrix's dream of becoming a big rock star was...

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