September 18, 2010
Saturday, September 18, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the
death of Jimi Hendrix, one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
The circumstances of his death until today are surrounded by
mysteries and conspiracy theories. At 27, he was found dead in a
hotel room by girlfriend Monika Dannemann, after taking sleeping
pills and red wine. The autopsy revealed that Hendrix choked on his own vomit.
Monika, however, changed his testimony several times. On occasion,
even said she found her boyfriend still alive and that he would have
died in the ambulance. In 2009, former roadie James "Tappy" Wright
published the book "Roadie Rock" where he claimed that Michael
Jeffrey, Hendrix's former manager, would have killed the musician.
Voted as the best guitarist in rock history for various publications,
Hendrix was also one of the great icons of the counterculture of the '60s.
His presentation was more famous at Woodstock in 1969, when he played
the national anthem on electric version. He is also remembered for
having set fire to his own guitar during a presentation.
Owner of such hits as "Hey Joe", "Crosstown Traffic" and "Purpke
Haze," Hendrix won many of the most prestigious awards given to
artists of rock. Posthumously, he joined the Hall of Fame Rock and
Roll American, in 1992. In 2005, it was the turn of the Music Hall of
Fame of the United Kingdom.
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated to him in 1994. In
2006, their debut album in the U.S., "Are You Experienced", was
inserted into the National Recording Registry.