Jimi Hendrix(1942-1970), Musician and singer
Sitter in 5 portraits
American-born rock guitarist and singer. Hendrix was born into a poor neighbourhood in Seattle, Washington and taught himself to play the guitar. In 1966 he moved to Great Britain and formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience with Noel Redding and John 'Mitch' Mitchell. Immediate success came with their first single Hey Joe (1967) and their experimental first album Are You Experienced? (1967). Hendrix's dandyish looks and outlandish guitar playing made him an engaging performer and icon for the social liberation of the sixties. Albums Axis: Bold As Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968) followed. The Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up in 1969. Hendrix died at home in 1970.
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by Ian Wright
bromide print, 2 February 1967