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  • Jimi Hendrix - 1,690 words
    On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born as John Allen Hendrix in Washington at Seattle General Hospital. His childhood was not a privileged one, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. At first he played an old acoustic, and later a cheap Silvertone electric, which were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the defining Hendrix traits (Murray 34- 5) . As a teenager, young Jimi listened to the music which affected his music so greatly later: everyone from Buddy Holly to Muddy Waters and through Chuck Berry way back to Eddie Cochrane (Wilmer 38). He played in a few bands in high school, but then dropped out before his senior ...
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  • Jimi Hendrix - 1,671 words
    ... he commercial appeal, but plus the real Hendrix that gave him his true appeal. The next album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience was titled Electric Ladyland, which Hendrix said was a reference to ...groupies, but I prefer the term Electric Ladies. My whole Electric Ladyland album is about them (Fairchild, Electric Ladyland 5). Some of the songs on Electric Ladyland, such as Crosstown Traffic and the cover of Bob Dylans song All Along the Watchtower, mark a departure from the Jimi Hendrix established by Axis: Bold As Love. Crosstown Traffic is more along the vein of songs included in Are You Experienced? and Hendrix was frustrated that it was released as a single. See, that LP was in certain ...
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  • Jimi Hendrix - 584 words
    Born James Marshall Hendrix, on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Often called the greatest guitarist of all time, Hendrix pioneered the explosive popularity of the electric guitar. Hendrix's unique style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form Hendrixs legacy grew far beyond the wide popularity he achieved during his short career. He taught himself to play guitar as an adolescent, learning from the albums of bluesmen like Muddy Waters and B.B. King and rock musicians such as Chuck Berry. In 1961 Hendrix moved to New York City and began playingunder the stage name Jimmy Jamesas a side guitarist for prominent rock acts, including Ike & Tina Tu ...
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  • Jimi Hendrix: Rock 'n' Roll Legend - 1,151 words
    The extraordinary performances, recording, and lyrics of James Marshall Hendrix have made him impossible to forget. This American rock music guitarist made a legendary mark not only in the history of rock 'n' roll but also on the pop culture as a whole (Ross 32). With unique techniques never seen before and blatant sex-related performances on stage, he became one of the most influential music figures of the 60s (Kamin). Hendrix was not born into stardom nor was it given to him by any means. He strived all throughout his life to be the very best. Johnny Allen Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington to Al and Lucille Hendrix, and not until four years later did his father c ...
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  • Jimi Hendrix: Rock 'n' Roll Legend - 1,190 words
    ... second album, Axis: Bold As Love, came a year later in December 1967 after much hard work. The original album recording was lost, and deadlines caused the band to have to remix it in its entirety in just under eleven hours ("Jimi", Rolling 45). It was certified platinum, and Hendrix gained even more loyal supporters. He was completely dedicated to his music and not only slept with his guitar but also spent his every waking moment playing it (Wolters, "Discography"). He had already begun work on Electric Ladyland, the Experience's third album, in the middle of 1967. The album was a reflection of his life, and the music was filled with melancholy, angst, loneliness, and fear ("Jimi", Rolli ...
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  • Excerpts From A Jimi Hendrix Journal - 984 words
    In the following journal entries Johnny Allen Hendrix; two years later name officially changed to Jimi Hendrix describes his life from August 4, 1969 to August 18, 1969 and his encounters till the end of his Woodstock premier. August 4, 1969 At ten p.m. in our studio the band and I just got word from our record company about the live concert performance to take place in Woodstock, New York. We are a little scared, as a puppy would feel the first time away from its mother, yet pumped for the concert. Seeing as though after July 14 we finally got the band all together with a total of six members; But we still have to practice before the big debut for The Gypsy Suns and Rainbows. Well I?m going ...
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  • A Modernday Revolution American Turmoil In The 1960s - 1,528 words
    ... for the gradual with drawl of troops from Vietnam, and in 1975, the last of the troops returned home. The Vietnam Peace Movement was only part of the student movements that went on at the time. The baby boom after World War II more than doubled the population of U.S. colleges in 1960-1964. This was also the first generation to grow up with the knowledge that an atomic bomb could destroy the world. The students felt power of their numbers, and they felt also that they should have more say in the issues that affected their lives (Benson 50) A prime and initial example of these feelings are the events taking place at Berkely University in 1964. University officials passed a new regulation ...
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  • Argument Paperbest Guitarist - 1,200 words
    The best guitarist, who is it? This is an argument that has been amongst many musicians for many years. But who is the hands down best guitarist? From my viewpoint the answer is obvious. Joe Satriani without a doubt is the best guitarist alive today and perhaps the best guitarist ever. I can already hear the responses from the crowd. What about Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, or perhaps Steve Vai and Eric Johnson? All of these players are good guitarists, but they are not the best. Compare each guitar player to Joe Satriani, and you will clearly see who is the best. First off, one of the biggest misconceptions among guitarists is that Jimi Hendrix is the best guitari ...
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  • Music And Cesorship - 1,837 words
    In our society today, some musicians and their music drain and plague the moral and spiritual well-being of the people. Censorship offers the necessary action that we must take to keep the world from becoming corrupt. The musicians lives are not examples for the children or the adults. The lyrics of many songs are not suitable for anyone. All types of music need some kind of censorship. Censorship makes a person realize that music is good for the heart. Censorship makes people act better, and when thinking better, this provides for a better society. The lives of some musicians contain types of anarchy and pleasure-seeking. Once the musicians realize that people not only want not their music ...
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  • Music - 1,605 words
    Rock n roll is, and will always be, here to stay. The frontier spirit of rock n roll is an attitude that is common among American Pioneers and includes style, originality, and a willingness to push the limits. From Elvis to the Beatles and Buddy Holly to The Doors; bands have been astounding us with new and inventive sounds of rock n roll. But rock n roll wasnt always around, so how did it start? Ever since the 20s, and the introduction of Jazz, young people became interested in different types of music. A different type of music came around in the 50s, rock n roll. A new style of music for a new generation. The style of rock n roll was a mix of two older forms of music, Jazz and Blues. A ty ...
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  • Drugs In The Music Industry - 1,260 words
    In the fifties, sixties and seventies there was a lot of musicians that were under the influence of drugs. They used drugs as their inspiration. Many songs had themes related to being high or stoned. A drug that was frequently found in songs of the sixties was marijuana. The culture of most rock and roll bands was to drink a lot of alcohol and smoke a lot of marijuana. Many bands got their start because of the use of drugs, and drugs became more popular because the musicians used them. This all lead to a generation of pot heads and hippies. The lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead was Jerry Garcia. Jerry grew up listening to music, his dad played the guitar and his mom listened to classical m ...
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  • Drugs In The Music Industry - 1,277 words
    ... usic. In the mid-sixties Jimi Hendrix wrote a song called Purple Haze it was also known as an archetypal psychedelic drug song of the sixties. Jimi was questioned about this song, and he said that the song was only about a dream that he had, had. The song was really about drugs, but if he admitted that, it would have been banned from the radio, and that would have been a major down fall for him. Jimi took a lot of drugs, he took some so that he could stay awake, some to fall asleep, some so that he would not be bored, some to wind him down, there was a variety of drugs that were taken in the sixties for different purposes. Jimi felt that he had to be stoned to keep in touch with the audi ...
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  • What A Long Strange Trip Its Been - 1,706 words
    What a long strange trip it has been was the theme from my graduation last year. The only reason that I am telling you that is because that is a classic quote from the leader of the band, Grateful Dead. And if you stop and think about it, it makes complete sense. Life seems to be this strange trip and we are all on this same boat. Jerry Garcia was a great musician, and also a poet. Everything that he said either in his music or through his guitar, which some people would argue that its the greatest ever played. So what if The Grateful Dead played together like a well oiled-machine? So what if Jerry Garcia put blood, sweat, and tears into everything he did? To all of those who still believe i ...
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  • Music And Rugs - 876 words
    Music and Drugs Beginning with the late 1960s counterculture in San Francisco, music and drugs will forever be inter-linked. Hippie bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and Phish are associated with marijuana, mushrooms, and LSD. Modern electronic rave , or club music is associated with MDMA or Ecstasy. When one thinks of rock and roll, sex and drugs immediately come to mind. While the use of drugs is not essential for the creation or performance of all new music, it was certainly in important factor for the counterculture music of the late 1960s. While some of the most important and influential music was made with the help of psychoactive drugs, it was often to the detrimen ...
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  • Kurt Cobain - 1,078 words
    On April 9th the world woke up to the news of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Those who followed the grundge music of Cobain's band, Nirvana, were angry, but not surprised. With songs such as "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" and constant references to suicide and drugs, suicide was the obvious explanation for his death. Kurt put it best when he said, "I'm thought of as this pissy, complaining, freaked-out schizophrenic who wants to kill himself all the time." (Bozza) To many people, Cobain just joined the club of rock stars who self-destructed. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Brian Jones set the precedent. The Seattle Police Department confirmed the conclusion everyone had already made; ...
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  • Miles - 543 words
    Even in the beginning he was already miles ahead. It's very evident that Miles knew and lived by that old axiom if it's named, then it's outmoded. Miles Dewey Davis was born May 25, 1926 in Alton, Illinois and grew up in East St. Louis. Miles collected records and for his 13th birthday was given his first trumpet. By age 16, Miles was playing professionally and received his first real taste of what playing jazz was like when Billy Eckstine's band was traveling through and needed to replace a sick horn player. At that time, the band employed Diz and Bird and for two weeks Miles soaked it up! Undoubtedly, the fire had been ignited. After high school, Miles was off to study music and enrolled i ...
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  • Woodstock - 1,221 words
    Many large concerts occurred throughout America in the summer of 1969, but none were as well known and symbolic as Woodstock. Its impact on Americas culture and society as well as its youth will not be forgotten for many years to come. Four men named Michael Lang, Artie Kornfield, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman originally established Woodstock. The mens initial idea for the festival was to promote the idea of a new recording studio in Bethel, New York, which is where the event actually took place. Because of the extensive amount of rain that fell before and during Woodstock, the site was changed twice. This resulted in the loss of preparation time. The stage had not been entirely put up and ...
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  • The Three Most Influencial Bands Of The 60s - 1,988 words
    The 1960s are said to be the most prolific decade in all of music. Many bands of this decade have proven to have enormous effects on music, as we know it. Jimi Hendrix is said to be the greatest rock and roll guitarist of all time. The greats, like Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, have all said that he truly made the guitar speak and transformed it into an art. The Doors were true innovators and turned rock into an art form, by skillfully blending rock and poetry. No one can deny that they were revolutionaries who set the standard for rock being a defiant type of music, but with meaning in its lyrics. It is impossible to talk about musical influence and not speak of The Beatles. No other ban ...
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  • The Three Most Influencial Bands Of The 60s - 2,010 words
    ... ms with the authorities and the media. The first real bad thing they did was probably the worst. They were really getting hot across the country and they were invited to the Ed Sullivan Show. They were to play Light My Fire. The network executives wanted them to not use their own lyrics because they were too sexual. Little did they know that Morrison would not only say, Light My Fire but turn to the camera and yell it. They were basically finished on TV after this stunt. Other than that, they would often have problems with police at their shows, where Jim would purposely mock them. During the late 1960s, the bands often sang of peace and love, while people were tripping on acid. The Door ...
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  • The Doors - 1,090 words
    Poet William Blake once said "If The Doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite" (Gilmore 34). From this quote arose a band that even over 20 years after its disbanding still is played and remembered. The Doors started as a little garage band in California back in the early sixties. They were extremely popular due to their lead singer, Jim Morrison. Morrison himself was a real character. Morrison is considered by many critics a modern day poet. Others view him in a different light, George Will wrote "Morrison resembled Byron in one aspect, they both were mad, bad, and dangerous to know" (Will 64). Still others view him as a hero of the 'countercultur ...
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