Rock icon Jimi Hendrix taught himself to play guitar by listening to the records of noted blues guitarists, such as Muddy Waters. In 1964, after several years with a number of backup bands, he drifted to New York City where his performances eventually attracted the attention of a British pop artist who persuaded him to try his fortunes in England. There, he formed a trio called the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which thanks to Hendrix’s outrageous showmanship and innovative guitar playing, quickly became a sensation throughout Europe. When he returned to the United States in 1968, the response was much the same, and both Rolling Stone and Billboard maga- zines named him artist of the year.


  • Title: Jimi Hendrix
  • Creator: Unidentified Artist
  • Physical Dimensions: w56 x h86.5 cm (Sheet)
  • Type: Color photolithographic poster on paper
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.2014.36
  • Classification: Print

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