Music legend, Jimi Hendrix, is to be resurrected in the form of a fashion collection. Some puriest will undoubtedly find this concept nothing short of sacreligious. The face and name of Jimi Hendrix will be splashed across a collection of high-end jackets and handbags. The collection is co-designed by Jimi Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix, who serves as the president/CEO of Experience Hendrix. She says fans have been asking for a fashion line for years.
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (November 27, 1942 â€“ September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, innovator, and cultural icon. Lauded by music fans and critics alike, Hendrix is considered by many to be the most influential and talented electric guitarist in rock music history. He achieved worldwide fame in 1967 playing at the Monterey Pop Festival, then headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival before his sudden death in 1970, at the age of 27.
A self-taught musician, the left-handed Hendrix played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster guitar turned upside down and re-strung to suit him. As a rock guitarist, Hendrix exploited and integrated the sonic tools of feedback and distortion into his music to an extent that previous pioneers (such as The Kinks’ Dave Davies, The Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck and The Who’s Pete Townshend) never achieved. He built upon the innovations and influences of blues stylists such as B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters. Hendrix’s musical style was also derived from rhythm and blues and soul guitarists such as Curtis Mayfield, and the traditions of jazz. Hendrix was also inspired by rock pioneer Little Richard, having toured in his back-up band “The Upsetters” before forming Hendrix’s own group in 1966.