In a few years, rock and roll changed a great deal and Jimi was the sole influence. Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942. When he was a child he would play along with his R&B records whenever he could. He didn’t always play music though; he had wanted to be in the army. In the late 1950’s Jimi joined the 101st airborne division, but he was discharged due to a back injury.
His father introduced him to the guitar at age 13 and taught him how to play. James grew fond of playing but never pursued it as a child. In 1959, Jimi was expelled from high school because of poor behavior. Jimi enlisted in the US Army. But he injured his back on a jump, so he got out on medical discharge.
Hendrix's big break occurred when he was playing at a club in Greenwhich Village called Café Wha. At this New York club was a young record producer, and lead bassist of the Animals that went by the name of Chas Chandler. Chas particularly liked Jimi's charisma for his music. He had enjoyed listening to him immensely and once he had saw Jimi play the guitar with his teeth and behind his back, Chas knew someday he would be a star. Soon after in 1966 Chandler brought Jimi to London, where he introduced Jimi to "the music life."
During the concert of that night, they also met guitarist Bob Weir and together they formed a band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. A few weeks later Bob Matthews,who later became a part of the Grateful Dead electronics and recording family,joined the group along with John "marmaduke" Dawson,who later joined the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Work was scarce for the Jug Champions until Dana Morgan, owner at the store where Jerry taught banjo and Pig Pen worked,provided the money and equipment for them to become electric. After they had become electric they renamed the group the Warlocks. Dawson and Matthews were soon to leave and they were replaced by drummer Bill Sommers (Krentemann) and Phil Lesh, who was a trumpet player who learned to play bass guitar in a very amazing two weeks just to get the spot.
The five men were recognized under the alias the Warlocks for a year, but then agreed on a name change after discovering another band of the same name on the east coast. “Well I found it in an old dictionary at Phil’s house I just opened it up and there I saw the grateful dead” (Jerry Garcia on the Acid Test), said Garcia in an interview with Joe Smith. Ultimately the group picked the words grateful dead as the name of their band. The Grateful Dead went on to have very successful careers in music and along the way obtaining a loyal fan base known as the Deadheads. The Deadheads usually described as hippies traveled America following the Grateful Dead show to show.
Whether you prefer “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles or “Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones, there is no denying they are two of the most influential bands. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles are two transformational bands that emerged in the early 1960’s from UK. There is much discussion regarding who has the most relevance today. Critics and industry analysts have agreed that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have both shaped and continue to shape up and coming musicians today. Many artists are inspired by the musical style, image, and chemistry of both bands.
19 Feb. 2014. Benjamin, Joel. "How the Beatles Managed to Change the World - The Buffalo News." Www.buffaloNews.com. 09 Feb. 2014.
This may have been the underlying cause of Jimi’s turbulent youth. James Hendrix traded in his own saxophone to buy Jimi a guitar (White 255). The prodigy could not read music and so taught himself to play by ear. The guitar his father had bought for him was a right-handed guitar, but Jimi was left-handed, so he adapted by simply turning the instrument upside down and proceeded to play (Richmond 482). At twelve Jimi began to play in local bands for a fee of free burgers and soda pop (Richmond 482).