This paper is not very well
written. Notice how the paragraphs do not flow from one into the other. In
addition many sentences are short and incomplete. Spelling is also a problem for
The student that wrote this paper
probably did not get a high grade.
But in any event we can learn from
his/her mistakes in order to create a really great report about Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi worked hard at his craft.
Remember that writing is also a craft which takes a lot of practice and hard work.
Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle on November 27th, 1942. His parents divorced in the
early fifties, after which Hendrix was brought up by his father, Al. Young Jimmy was
obsessed by the classic blues and jazz records in Al's collection. Al recognized his
son's obsession and bought Jimmy a cheap guitar. He learned the instrument by playing
along to the hot tunes of the day. Pretty son Hendrix was also playing with a variety of
local bands. In May 1961 however, he left Seattle to enlist in the army only to be
discharged after and injury the following year. Hendrix returned to music becoming member
of the black touring network of bars, theatres and clubs. Trough the early sixties Hendrix
played with artist like Little Richard, The Isly (Ily) Brothers and Sam Cooke. When
Hendrix reached New York and discovered Greenwich Village he was exposed to an explosion
of new music like the English beat groups, new jazz experiments and Bob Dylans new type of
In 1966 Hendrix formed a band and sang for the first time. The group had a regular spot
in Greenwich village. One night Chas Chandler watched the show. He had been the bass
player with The Animals but quit to form a business partnership with the bands manager.
Chandler was overwhelmed . By the time the show was over he had invited Hendrix to London.
This was an extraordinary turn in Hendrix career. After five years the breakthrough had
On September the 24th in 1966, Hendrix arrived in London. The spelling of his name had
been changed to "Jimi" so that the crowd would remember his name more easily.
Hendrix, however, hardly needed a spelling change to make an impression. Hendrix took
London by storm. The first priority, however, was a band. On October 6th in 1966 Jimi
Hendrix formed the "Jimi Hendrix Experience" featuring Mitch Mitchell on drums
and bass player Noel Redding. Three weeks later they had recorded "Hey Joe". It
was released at the very end of 1966 and by February it was number four on the singles
charts. Jimi Hendrix was the hottest new name in Britain.
On January 11th the band released Purple Haze and Jimi was working on overdrive. An
album was also urgently required. They created maximum anticipation for their first album
"Are you experienced", which was released in May. The only one who could stop
Hendrix from reaching number one on the charts were The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper.
Now it was time to introduce America to the "Jimi Hendrix Experience". In
June 1967 the band played at the Monterey Pop Festival. Jimi and Bob Dylan generally stole
the night. The final was a stage trick perfected in London some months before: Hendrix
torched his guitar before smashing it to pieces. After a hastily arranged U.S gig
schedule, Hendrix returned to Britain.
Between 1967 and 1970 Hendrix released another four albums, all of them were massive
hits. Three of them were made by "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" and One by
"The Band Of Gypsys" which became Hendrix new band after Mitch Mitchell had
quit. "The Band Of Gypsys" appeared at the Woodstock festival outside New York.
The new band was a success and they were touring across Europe only a few weeks later.
But when the bands bassplayer Billy Cox fell ill, Hendrix brought Cox back to London
where he could recover away from the pressures of touring. Hendrix stayed in London with a
girlfriend, Monika Dannemann. On the night of Thursday, September 17th, Jimi decided to
take some sleeping pills. The idea was to sleep trough the next day and leave for America
after the weekend.
Early the next morning Dannemann noticed that Hendrix had vomited during the night. He
seemed to be breathing, however, and she felt no reason to panic. A little later she tried
to wake him but Jimi remained unconscious. By the time the ambulance arrived, Jimi's body
was so affected by the pills that he died from suffocation.