Jimi Hendrix passed away 50 years ago, but he is still influencing the public. The American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter remains an extremely popular figure in the 21st century, and it is hard to believe that his mainstream career lasted only four years. Music may have evolved since Hendrix’s time, but it seems that there are people who still love and adore what he made.
The American guitarist passed away when he was just 27 years old, but his music resonates with people of all ages even today. According to Billboard, “All Along the Watchtower” is one of the most overplayed songs in movies. Nottingham musician Matt Tandy used the Jimi Hendrix guitar pick to raise awareness about music helping people suffering mental health problems. Veteran shock rocker Arthur Brown recently acknowledged the impact the American legend had on his career.
first guitar that Jimi Hendrix ever used on UK soil was auctioned in September 2017. Although he never actually used it in a gig, he did play the 1960s Wandre electric guitar after flying to London in 1966.
It is not just items that Jimi Hendrix used or personal to him that is fetching a lot of money in auctions. Anthea Connell met the famous musician one night when she was 19 and he wrote her a note. That was back in 1967, but she is now planning to auction it. Now 69, Connell was approached by Jimi Hendrix at the Gliderdrome venue in Boston, Lincolnshire, in March 1967.
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Jimi Hendrix’s influence on modern music, movies and fashion is also apparent. Flared trousers, silk bandanas and T-shirts bearing his effigy are available today and are quite a common sight. That song in Forrest Gump and Rush was by the Seattle-born artist. Arguably the greatest guitarist of all time, he has got his own biopic as well – Jimi: All Is by My Side by John Ridley (2013).
In this age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram when everyone seems to be a celebrity, it is heartening to see Jimi Hendrix still being celebrated for his ever-lasting influence on music and for being an icon for all ages. One suspects that his popularity will never wane even if the world continues to change and evolve with the passage of time.