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Jimi Hendrix's Life and Music Career

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As music legend John Denver once said “Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, Music proves: We are the same.” Jimi Hendrix is one of those elite few who possess the power to bring people together for one common purpose. Hendrix played during the experimental era of the 1960’s. Hendrix a legendary musician and hero to many who enjoyed his music. Hendrix efficacious attitude in the music business helped him to succeed in many areas others did not. His music often changed the lives of the people who he played to and worked with. Hendrix even forged his own musical genre. “The greatest rock guitarist of all time,with a raw,blues-influenced style that brought fire and emotion to rock music unseen before or since”(Unterberger). Jimi Hendrix is remembered as a brilliant innovator of music because of his troublesome childhood, his uncanny dedication, and military background.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942. The naive couple James Allen Ross Hendrix and Lucille Jetters eagerly welcomed Johnny Allen Hendrix into the world. Unfortunately James Hendrix was in deployed in the Army when his son arrived and as a result did not see him till he turned three (Henderson). Hendrix’s mother was inexperienced alone and not prepared for motherhood. So as a child Hendrix moved from family member to family member at a very young age (Notable Black American Men). Among the numerous family members he lived with were his paternal grandparents. Nora and Ross Hendrix took in Hendrix and his little brother...

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...gether , and not matter what cultural or language barrier there may be music shows we are all one and the same.

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"Jimi Hendrix." Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 1989. Biography in Context. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.

"Jimi Hendrix." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988. Biography in Context. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.

"Jimi Hendrix." Notable Black American Men, Book II. Ed. Jessie Carney Smith. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

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