Jimi Hendrix was a popular American rock musician in the 1960s. He was born in Seattle in the year 1942. Hendrix, unfortunately, grew up with alcoholic parents in an abusive and poor home. He was quiet and reserved and his main passion was music, wanting to play the guitar from a young age.
Hedrix eventually taught himself how to play the guitar and became extremely good at it. He was famous for playing his electric guitar upright as well as with his teeth. The Rolling Stones magazine ranked him as the best guitarist of all time.
Sadly, Hendrix’s life was marred by tragedy. His childhood was unhappy as his siblings were given away to foster homes while he himself was sexually assaulted as a child. Hendrix’s emotional pain played out in the frequent bouts of rage he displayed whenever intoxicated. His music career only lasted for four years due to an overdose of wine and sleeping pills.
Hendrix is often represented as a poster child for the hippie movement but was he really one? Read on for conclusive evidence that shows that Jimi Hendrix was one of the most famous hippies to have ever lived.
Hendrix’s fashion was the classic image of a hippie. He wore his hair in a big Afro and often had colorful headscarves tied around it. He also loved frilly shirts, beaded jackets, bell-bottomed jeans, and generally colorful clothes.
Performance At Famous Hippie Festivals
Hendrix headlined two famous hippie festivals: Woodstock and The Isle of Wight festival. The fact that he reduced his performance fees in order to take part in the events shows his affinity and love for the culture.
Jimi Hendrix personified the hippie philosophy of being yourself and expressing yourself. Throughout his life, he got into trouble for expressing his unique musical abilities. People felt that he was showing off and being unmanageable. He often clashed with his band leaders for being late, doing his own thing on stage and not following wardrobe requirements.
All the above together with his unique way of playing the guitar upright as well as with his teeth show that Hendrix was truly a hippie with individual style and a lack of care for other people’s opinions.
Drugs And Alcohol
Like many musicians of the ’60s Hendrix openly took drugs for entertainment, creative stimulation as well as to cope with his grueling schedule. It is said that Hendrix was more addicted to drugs and alcohol that most musicians of his time. He particularly favored LSD and unfortunately tended to consume drugs together with alcohol.
Hendrix was a practicing Buddhist and many of his fans know about the religion through him. He preached peace and love during a time that America was facing a lot of turmoil due to the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war.