If Eric Clapton created the cult of the guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix was to supplant him. Hendrix already had years on the US touring circuit as a backing musician when the former Animal, Chas Chandler, brought him to London, set him up with a band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and let him loose on the world. Hendrix transformed guitar playing, both in technique and showmanship. And, along the way, he wrote some pretty decent songs.
Michael Hann is a freelance writer, and former music editor of the Guardian