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Jimi Hendrix: Remembering the Guitar God on the Anniversary of His Death

September 18, 2009 2:17 PM ET

Today marks the 39th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, who passed away in London after changing the way the world handles six strings. In honor of the greatest guitar player who ever lived, check out our tribute written by none other than Pete Townshend; see how many times he places in the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time; and see all the great riff writing on Rolling Stone's Essential Guitar Coverage.

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Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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