To anyone who’s ever picked up a guitar, Jimi Hendrix is a name worshipped like few others. But, prior to showing off his legendary chops at Woodstock, the musician had to put up with military service. Luckily, however, not even the discipline of the armed forces could keep this star from following his dreams.
It’s hard to believe it now, but before Hendrix, guitarists sounded very different. Utilizing a mixture of distortion and unparalleled virtuosity, he created a raucous sound that would influence countless generations of musicians. Meanwhile, his onstage showboating set the template for how future stars should act in front of an audience.