Jimi Hendrix: 40th Anniversary Of The Legendary Guitarist’s Death

Eric Clapton On Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton On Jimi Hendrix
"... when I saw Jimi Hendrix I knew immediately that this guy was the real thing ... and when he played it was like a rough sketch of what he was going to become ... this guy was our generation, and he wasn't in a suit .. he played a Howlin' Wolf song 'Killing Floor', and then we (The Cream) had to carry on the set. It was pretty hard to follow ... " - Eric Clapton "... when I saw Jimi Hendrix I knew immediately that this guy was the real thing ... and when he played it was like a rough sketch of what he was going to become ... this guy was our generation, and he wasn't in a suit .. he played a Howlin' Wolf song 'Killing Floor', and then we (The Cream) had to carry on the set. It was pretty hard to follow ... " - Eric Clapton
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Ronnie Wood On Jimi Hendrix
Ronnie Wood On Jimi Hendrix
"Back in those days, all us skinny white British kids were trying to look cool and sound black. And there was Hendrix, the ultimate in black cool. Everything he did was natural and perfect." - Ronnie Wood
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Steven Stills On Jimi Hendrix
Steven Stills On Jimi Hendrix
"At a beach house in Malibu that the Buffalo Springfield had rented, I set up my big amps, we (Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Bruce Palmer and Steven Stills) ... just went. We played quite literally for twenty straight hours. We must have made up fifty songs, but there was no tape running, no nothing, we just played for the ocean .... and that night I really started to learn how to play lead guitar" - Steven Stills
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Edgar Winter On Jimi Hendrix
Edgar Winter On Jimi Hendrix
“I've not met Elvis or Jim Morrison, but Jimi Hendrix, Johnny and I used to jam at a club in New York called The Scene where the house band was the Young Rascals, so I did get to meet Jimi.” - Edgar Winter
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B.B. King On Jimi Hendrix
B.B. King On Jimi Hendrix
"I did several shows with Jimi Hendrix, that's when I got to know him better, I knew of him, I met him [when he was playing] with Little Richard... And he was kind of quiet, shy, he didn't open up too much, but there were questions as we all ask each other. You know, "how do you do this" and "why do you do that..." We had very small discussions on things like that. And he was very polite, I thought [he was] a very nice guy..." - B.B. King "He was Jimi Hendrix! He didn't sound like anybody else but himself. He was like Charlie Parker in his way of playing, he played well, he was a person that made waves. When you heard Jimi Hendrix you knew it was Jimi Hendrix, he introduced himself in his instrument... You know, many radio stations play records and a lot of the times they don't call out the names who you just listened to, but when they play Jimi Hendrix, you don't have to tell me, [you know] it's Jimi Hendrix..." - B.B. King
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Dave Navarro On Jimi Hendrix
Dave Navarro On Jimi Hendrix
"I grew up listening to albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, and they all worked on that multi-layered level." -Dave Navarro
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Robert Cray On Jimi Hendrix
Robert Cray On Jimi Hendrix
"Everyone started getting guitars, me included, ... I took guitar lessons for a year, but decided to teach myself the rest. We moved again in 1966, this time to Virginia, where I joined my first band in high school. We played soul and rock. 'Purple Haze' and Jimi Hendrix." -Robert Cray
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Junior Brown On Jimi Hendrix
Junior Brown On Jimi Hendrix
"Hendrix was back there with a few of the others who were like my training wheels ... hearing him as a teenager taught me to look at the guitar in a different way - and how to tap into that thing inside of me that was already leaning toward improvisation. You learn other players' licks at first; then you take off the training wheels and start using the licks as building blocks to make your own thing. That's how influences work. somewhere in whatever I do, there's a little bit of Hendrix - plus about a hundred others" - Junior Brown
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Steve Vai On Jimi Hendrix
Steve Vai On Jimi Hendrix
"... you watch Jimi Hendrix literally reinvent the instrument. He was playing from somewhere else. He was really a kind of hybrid, and I can't even begin to imagine where he came from " - Steve Vaiu watch Jimi Hendrix literally reinvent the instrument. He was playing from somewhere else. He was really a kind of hybrid, and I can't even begin to imagine where he came from " - Steve Vai
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Yngwie Johann Malmsteen On Jimi Hendrix
Yngwie Johann Malmsteen On Jimi Hendrix
"The only thing I ever really wanted was a Strat .. I started playing guitar after seeing Jimi Hendrix on TV the day he died...then I got Deep Purples' Fireball album which was also a big influence .. I have a collection of more than 200 of them that includes Strats from every year since March 1954 - the first month the Strat was made" - Yngwie Malmsteen
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Kurt Cobain On Jimi Hendrix
Kurt Cobain On Jimi Hendrix
“I'm gonna be a superstar musician, kill myself and go out in a flame of glory, just ike Jimi Hendrix” -Kurt Cobain
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Carlos Santana On Jimi Hendrix
Carlos Santana On Jimi Hendrix
"... everyone was using tiny brushes and doing watercolors, while Jimi Hendrix was painting galactic scenes in Cinemascope. We are working in a field of mystical resonance, sound and vibration... that's what makes people cry, laugh and feel their hair stand up ... " - Carlos Santana "I especially always like it when Jimi Hendrix would play the song and then he'd go on to, uh, Chainsaw Massacre Tazmanian Devil Aurora Borealis Galaxy - I like it when he'd start with the feedback. And I saw Stevie Ray do it one time too. I'm sure he did it many times but I only saw him do it one time were he where the guitar became like an Aurora Borealis and all this colors of sound were screaming out of it even though he wasn't putting his fingers on it. That's kinda like invoking ghosts or something and that's my favorite part that I miss about Jimi is when he would open up certain channels and let certain demons and angels dance together, you know what I mean - that it was beyond 'B' flat or 'C' flat" - Carlos Santana
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David Crosby on Jimi Hendrix
David Crosby on Jimi Hendrix
"Jimi Hendrix could play better than our best guys and he did it while he was dancing while being completely outrageous." - David Crosby
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Stevie Nicks On Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Nicks On Jimi Hendrix
"I watched Janis one time - we opened for her - and that's the only time I ever saw her. We opened for Jimi Hendrix. I got to stand on the side of the stage and watch him for two hours and then he died. But I got the essence before they left." -Stevie Nicks
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Brian Jones On Jimi Hendrix
Brian Jones On Jimi Hendrix
"Jimi Hendrix was the most exciting guitarist I've ever heard." Brian Jones
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