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Portrait of the Day: Jimi Hendrix

27 February 2020, 12:30

Room 32


  • Talks and Lectures

Jimi Hendrix
by Gered Mankowitz
NPG x126233

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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.