Jimi Hendrix was born on this day 71 years ago. Any excuse to play some Hendrix is a good excuse, particularly with a fantastic collection of his writing, Starting At Zero, out now.
Here are some things you might not have known about Jimi:
- Jimi Hendrix was actually born as Johnny Allen Hendrix.
- His father changed his name to James Marshall Hendrix in memory of his late brother.
- Hendrix was left-handed. Rather than play a left-handed guitar he played a right-handed guitar strung upside-down.
- He requested the original cover for his final album cover Electric Ladyland, a photo of a group of naked ladies women, be changed because he found it offensive and irrelevant.
- Former Greens Leader Bob Brown was a resident doctor on call at the London Hospital when Hendrix’s body was brought in.
- Rolling Stone magazine named him the greatest guitarist of all-time in 2011.
by Jimi Hendrix
It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him for ever amongst musical giants. But what of the man behind the public image?
Modest and intensely private by nature, Jimi was shrouded in intrigue from the moment he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time. Much has been written about him by experts, fans and critics, some of it true and some of it not. He did, however, leave his own account of himself locked away like a Chinese puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries and even stage raps. Starting At Zero brings all these elements together in narrative form. The result is an intimate, funny and poetic memoir – one that tells, for the first time, Jimi’s own story as only he could tell it.
And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is Jimi.