50 years ago today, Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27 from an accidental drug overdose. Hendrix produced just three studio albums, along with a string of legendary live performances, in a career that as a practical matter spanned barely four years.
During that time he revolutionized the electric guitar, making it the central instrument for rock music going forward. For those of us who aren’t old enough to have experienced it — which at this point means anybody much under 65 — it’s difficult to even imagine what the impact of Hendrix’s music was on the music scene.
What I imagine is the musical equivalent of a hydrogen bomb detonating in the middle of an entire culture.
Let’s listen to some Jimi Hendrix: