On September 21st 1966, a black musician named James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix, flew discreetly from New York to London. He was then an unknown 24 year old guitarist, looking to get some gigs under his belt with his manager in tow. Within a week, he was at a Cream concert asking to play alongside Eric Clapton whom many considered to be the God of Guitar.
Somehow that wish was granted, and by the end of that first performance, he would be befriended by Clapton himself.
When asked about that first show, Clapton remembers telling Jimi’s manager:
“You never told me he was that good”
Within 4 years, he would be dead. The result of a lethal mix of pills and alcohol.
During that 4 year period prior to his death, he would go on to have 4 children, play the most memorable show at Woodstock, and create a string of hits that would change the world of rock forever.
Eerily before his death, he would also leave us with one of the most profound quotes about the way in wish we worship dead celebrities:
“It’s funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life. You have to die before they think you are worth anything.”
If Jimi Hendrix were alive today, he would have turned 70. And more importantly, he would have given us several decades more of incredible music.
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