Jimi Hendrix, Musician
Jimi Hendrix, Musician

When did he live? 他生活在什么年代?

James Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942. He died of a drug overdose on September 18, 1970.

Why is he famous? 为什么他很有名?

Many say Jimi Hendrix was the most creative guitar player of all time.

Songs such as ‘Hey Joe’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’, ‘Foxy Lady’, and ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ made him an international rock star.
诸如‘Hey Joe’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’, ‘Foxy Lady’和‘The Wind Cries Mary’ 等歌曲让他成为了全球闻名的摇滚巨星。

Hendrix’s live shows were also major performances: his version of the American national anthem (‘The Star-Spangled Banner’) at the Woodstock Festival was one of his most famous, whilst setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Festival – and the iconic photo of the moment – is also widely known.
亨德里克斯的现场表演也很出彩。,他在伍德斯托克音乐节演绎的美国国歌(‘The Star-Spangled Banner’)是最著名的演出之一,而他在蒙特利流行音乐节上把自己的吉他点燃的照片也是轰动一时。

Of mixed blood, but primarily African-American, Jimi Hendrix was one of the first black people to become a major success in the predominantly white scene of rock.

Jimi Hendrix on Stage
Jimi Hendrix on Stage

What is his mark on history? 他在历史上的主要地位是怎么样的?

Hendrix still has a big following of fans, particularly of people who like the guitar. His name remains one of the most famous in music (perhaps more famous than any of his songs).

The effects that Hendrix brought to his guitar playing – riffs using wah-wah pedals; deliberately using fuzz and distortion – have become common tools to modern day guitarists.

Although African-Americans remain the minority in rock music, Hendrix did break this barrier.

Jimi Hendrix, photographed by David Montgomery
Jimi Hendrix, photographed by David Montgomery

Notes 备注

Hendrix taught himself how to play the guitar, and could not read music.

Despite being an American musical hero, Hendrix first found fame in the UK.

Hendrix is part of ‘The 27 Club’, the name given to the array of famous musicians who have died aged 27.