Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jimi Hendrix Voted Greatest Guitar Player In History

London, November 24, 2011
Last Updated: 12:08 IST(24/11/2011)

Jimi Hendrix tops greatest guitarist list

Jimi Hendrix has been voted as the greatest guitar player of all time in a poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine.

Four British guitarists were placed in the top five, with Eric Clapton as the runner-up.

Grammy-winning Tom Morello was among those who voted, nominating key Hendrix tracks Purple Haze and The Star-Spangled Banner.

“Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage,” the Daily Mail quoted Morello as saying.

Hendrix was able to manipulate his instrument like nobody before or since then, but it was only after winning the admiration of Clapton, Jeff Beck and others while he was in London in 1966 that the American really became a star.

He famously bought his first guitar at the age of 15 in 1957 for 5 pounds, and astonished fans by playing with his teeth while out of his mind on hallucinogenic drugs and headlined Woodstock at the peak of his powers in 1969.

Like Eric Clapton, he popularised use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, which he often used to deliver an exaggerated sense of pitch in his solos.

Following are the top 10 guitarists listed by the magazine:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Eric Clapton
3. Jimmy Page
4. Keith Richards
5. Jeff Beck
6. B.B. King
7. Chuck Berry
8. Eddie Van Halen
9. Duane Allman
10. Pete Townshend

The panel of experts recruited to vote for their favourite guitar players included musicians like Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Van Halen (who himself appears in the chart at No.8), Brian May and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys.

The full list will be featured in a special issue with four special covers of Van Halen, Clapton, Hendrix and Page.

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Jimi Hendrix's estate release app

024 November 2011

Jimi Hendrix's estate has released his first ever mobile application.

The 'Jimi Hendrix - the Complete Experience App' is available for Apple devices, and can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.

The app allows fans to explore the late guitarist's career through text, images, and video.

Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, which deals with Jimi's business interests, said: "We continue to celebrate Jimi Hendrix, his music, life and legacy. This app is nothing short of a revolutionary development in Jimi Land."

The app has been released to commemorate the 'Purple Haze' singer's birthday on November 27, 41 years after his death.

Australian rock group AC/DC have also released their own app. The 'AC/DC Pinball Rocks' programme will allow users to play in pinball in environments modelled around the 'Highway to Hell' band's most iconic set pieces such as the Hell's Bells bell and the band's cannonball salute.

The app costs £1.99 and includes some of the bands biggest hits, including 'Thunderstruck' and 'Whole Lotta Rosie'.

Both apps are currently available on Apple's iTunes App Store.

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