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Jimi Hendrix: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time

December 8, 2011

Rolling Stone assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else. Read the cover story here, where Tom Morello explains why Jimi Hendrix's "legacy is assured as the...


Jimi's Last Ride

April 1, 2010

On the evening of August 26th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix walked through the street-level door at 52 West 8th Street in New York's Greenwich Village into paradise. Electric Lady Studios was the guitarist's own state-of-the-art recording facility, and he had personally...


The Epic Life of Carlos Santana

March 16, 2000

His meditation spot is in front of the fireplace. On Carlos Santana's property in San Rafael, California, about twenty minutes north of San Francisco, there are two buildings. The house closer to the water is where the family lives: Santana, his wife,...


Jimi: The Man and the Music

February 6, 1992

When Jimi Hendrix sent his Fender Stratocaster up in flames at the end of his historic performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, it was the ultimate in mind-blowing rock & roll spectacle, a brilliant grand-stand play by a consummate psychedelic...


Keith Richard: The Rolling Stone Interview

August 19, 1971

Keith plays in a rock & roll band. Anita is a movie star queen. They currently reside in a large white marble house that everyone describes as "decadent looking." The British Admiral who built it had trees brought from all over the world in ships...


Jimi Hendrix Busted in Toronto

May 31, 1969

TORONTO — Jimi Hendrix is now experienced, in the worst way. He was busted May 3rd at Toronto International Airport for allegedly "illegally possessing narcotics." The bust, made by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, reportedly uncovered several...


Jimi Hendrix On Early Influences, 'Axis' and More

March 9, 1968

I started playing the guitar about 6 or 7, maybe 7 or 8 years ago. I was influenced by everything at the same time, that's why I can't get it together now. Like I used to like Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran and Muddy Waters and Elvin James. See a mixture...


Pete Townshend on Jimi Hendrix

September 18, 2003

In 2003 Rolling Stone presented a special issue with David Fricke's ranking of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Read the cover story here, where Pete Townshend explains what Jimi Hendrix's legacy means to him.


Guitar Gods

April 1, 1999

In his first Rolling Stone interview, published in March 1968, Jimi Hendrix described the moment that changed his life forever: "The first guitarist I was aware of was Muddy Waters. I heard one of his old records when I was a little boy, and it scared...


Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies at the Fillmore East

June 4, 1987

Who better to usher in a new year and a new rock decade than Jimi Hendrix? At the end of 1969, having liberated electric rock & roll from its Top Forty shackles with his mutant strain of gunpowder R&B and aurora borealis psychedelia, Hendrix was...


Jimi Hendrix: 1942-1970

October 15, 1970

LONDON — Jimi Hendrix is dead at age 27. The exact nature of the death is still vague, and a coroner's inquest is to be held in London September 30th. Police, however, say it was a drug overdose. They say he took nine sleeping pills and died of...


Jimi Hendrix: Performer of the Year 1969

February 1, 1969

Jimi Hendrix, an American boy out of Seattle, went to England and headed a British band in 1966 and 1967. He spent most of 1968 back home in the States. When you went to hear him you heard a lot more guitar – and got a fantastic stage presence to...


A Shoddy Jimi Hendrix Record?

January 20, 1968

The new Capitol LP, Got that Feeling: Jimi Hendrix Plays, Curtis Knight Sings, is not what it appears: Hendrix's latest release. The cover, with no liner notes and no dates, has a picture of Hendrix taken at the Monterey Pop Festival, but all the tracks...