"In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise and dazzling showmanship -- he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth and set his guitar on fire -- has sometimes obscured his considerable gifts as a songwriter, singer, and master of a gamut of blues, R&B, and rock styles."
Richie Unterberger, Allmusic.com
“I heard one of Muddy Waters’ old records when I was a little boy and it scared me to death, because I heard all of those sounds. Wow, what is that all about?”
One of the most potent live acts in music.
Before punk came to life, there was Death.
Banned in D.C.
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Combines rhythm and blues and gospel music styles.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.