Jimi Hendrix performs on his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar at the Fillmore East in New York.

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What Would Jimi Hendrix Be Playing If He Had Lived?

By: Kane-O!

November 27, 2017

When the "promise" of a performer's career is cut short by death at an early age, we are all left to wonder, "what if?" What IF all of the deceased musicians, artists, performers, had continued to create, and imagine, and record, what would that have been like?

Sadly, of course, it's the question that can't be (accurately) answered, and we are left with the art that was created pre-death, and the sadness and tragedy of the unfulfilled and unrealized potential. Certainly this is true for most, but it's elevated greatly when talking about the genius, the greatness, and the never duplicated guitar mastery of JIMI HENDRIX. One of the earliest 'major' Rock Star deaths, he's on the 'short list' of performers in the '27 Club,' (the age of their death) that also includes, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and others. There's an old adage that states, 'Stars that burn the brightest also burn out the quickest,' and it's the sad truth. There was NO ONE, and has been NO ONE that comes even close (IMO) to what Jimi Hendrix accomplished in the short span of his (recorded) career--a mere 3 (official) albums, 4 if you count 'Cry of Love' which the guitarist was in the process of recording at the time of his death. He had already taken rock fans to places that we had never been to or even imagined, and it boggles the mind to think of how his musical career would have continued to develop, and the kinds of exciting, original music he could have created.

On the occasion of his 75th birthday, we salute one of Rock & Roll's greatest Icons, a man who changed the face of music forever, and continues to amaze and inspire. Rock On, Jimi Hendrix!