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Posted June 14, 2016 by Mike Mineo in Features
 
 

The Legend of Jimi Hendrix Today

It has been more than 45 years since rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix passed away but this legendary figure in the world of music still influences and inspires artists even after all this time. There have been many iconic musicians over the years which have quite literally changed the face of rock music and it cannot be argued that Hendrix deserves his place in the music hall of fame alongside other like-minded greats such as Elvis Presley or The Beatles.

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His impact on the world of music has been incomparable and it’s hard to believe that his professional career was as brief as it was especially after it prematurely ended following his sad and untimely death back in 1970 at the age of just 27. On September 18th 1970, in London, Hendrix was found unconscious and unresponsive. Paramedics to the scene were unable to revive him and later that evening he was pronounced dead. His death has always been heavily disputed but a post mortem concluded that he had in fact choked on his own vomit after overdosing on sleeping tablets.

His legacy lives on and it was his influential affect that has had longer lasting effects on the music industry even after all these decades on. Other legendary musicians and performers in their own right have come forward over the years to announce their respect and admiration for the late great Hendrix. Whilst there have been plenty of artists over the years looking to mimic and effectively copy the styling’s of Hendrix there have been many musical legends who have been inspired by his guitar skills and his overall stage presence.

Musicians like Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant singer for rock band Queen, have claimed Hendrix was his incomparable idol. Even former Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, who was also sadly joined the notorious “27 Club” of musicians who lost their lives at the young age, praised his fellow Seattleite in past interviews before his death.

The legend of this hugely popular and significant rock star lives on in various mediums. His songs have featured in movies, TV shows and you can even riff along to some of his most famous tunes with interactive games such as Guitar Hero. There’s even a popular Jimi Hendrix slot experience which comes complete with his classic hit Foxey Lady blaring out throughout the gameplay.


Mike Mineo

 
I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].