Two days ago (September 18) marked the accidental death of legendary musician Jimi Hendrix. Succumbing to asphyxia relating to barbiturates, Hendrix joined the “27 CLub,” a group where promising and great musicians die at age 27. He joins the ranks of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, and Kurt Cobain.
What else can be said about Jimi’s legacy? He changed the landscape of rock and roll. He experimented with distortions and was one of the first to record music using stereophonic phasing effects. His famous performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969 are classic examples of his style.
He made great use of making tone-altering effects with instruments like the wah-wah pad, Octavia, and others.
He influenced EVERYBODY. There can’t be anything rock-related without mention something, no matter how small, of Jimi Hendrix. The type of songwriting, music, and gear that Jimi used is still applied to this day even if for a minuscule moment in a song.
Were he to live beyond 27, Jimi Hendrix would have kept changing the landscape of music. Such a great loss to a great musician. To get an insight into what Jimi’s way of thinking, here’s a clip of his very last interview with Keith Altham one week before his death.