DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On November 27, 1942 rock musician extraordinary, Jimi Hendrix was born.
Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history
of rock music. He expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric
guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before. His boundless
drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as
wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.
Hendrix helped usher in the age of psychedelia with his 1967 debut, Are
You Experienced?, and the impact of his brief but meteoric career on
popular music continues to be felt.
More than any other musician, Jimi Hendrix realized the fullest range
of sound that could be obtained from an amplified instrument. Many
musical currents came together in his playing. Free jazz, Delta blues,
acid rock, R&B, soul, hardcore funk, and the songwriting of Bob Dylan
and the Beatles all figured as influences. Yet the songs and sounds
generated by Hendrix were original, otherworldly and virtually
indescribable. In essence, Hendrix channeled the music of the cosmos,
anchoring it to the earthy beat of rock and roll.
Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27th, 1942, in