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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

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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