SEATTLE — Jimi Hendrix would have been 77 years old on Nov. 27, 2019. Born at Seattle’s Harborview hospital, he is remembered by many as the greatest electric guitarist of all time. The Seattle Times has published many stories covering Hendrix’s continuing influence on music and his lasting status as a hometown hero. Here are some of them:
Breaking the rules
In September 2010, Steven Roby, co-author of “Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius,” published an opinion piece in The Times titled “Why Jimi Hendrix still matters today”:
“Not only did the gutsy guitarist set out to break the rules of fashion — think purple boa with orange-striped pants — but also the rules of music. Although Hendrix never finished high school and did not read music, during his lifetime he released three studio albums in the U.S. that contained 35 original compositions that still culturally resonate for listeners worldwide.
“Jimi Hendrix remained a determined man during his brief 27 years, and cared little about critics of his music or style of clothes. He figured out how to inventively play a right-handed guitar left-handed. His passion was music, and nothing could stop him from playing it.”
‘West Coast Seattle Boy’
In his review of the four-CD box set “West Coast Seattle Boy,” Charles R. Cross, author of a best-selling biography of Jimi Hendrix, examines how the music collection charts Hendrix’s career: