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Saturday, March 21, 2009

31 Days of Moustache: Jimi Hendrix

Name: Jimi Hendrix
DOB: November 27, 1942
DOD: September 18, 1970
Profession: Musician
Claim to Fame: Greatest guitarist ever
Prime YAM (Years Active with Moustache): 60s

Why It's Awesome:
Jimi Hendrix quite possibly is the greatest guitarist of all time. Surprised he had a moustache? Me neither. If you haven't figured it out by now, moustache equals greatness.

Hendrix holds a special place in my heart because he was the first classic rock artist I ever got into when I was like 12 (1997). I jokingly call him my gateway drug to classic rock. Soon after becoming obsessed with Jimi, I got into this band called The Beatles.

He only has a body of work of a few years, yet he revolutionized the guitar and his work is simply mind boggling. Really it is. Have you ever listened to Are You Experienced? Or Electric Ladyland? Hell, even Axis: Bold As Love is good. Hendrix was also known for his amazing playing ability and stage antics. He played behind his back. He played with his teeth. He routinely destroyed his equipment. He even played stoned out of his mind. However he did it, he blew away your mind in the process.

Jimi was known to take more drugs than anyone. He dropped like three acid cubes before going out to play the Monterey Pop Festival (see above videos), which made him a legend. Sadly, the drugs caught up to him a little too much. He died at the age of 27 leaving numerous what if's. One can only imagine where he and his music would be today if he lived.

Final 'Stache Rating (Out of Four Moustaches):

Hendrix had a basic 'stache, but it really added to his hippie look. It made his look complete with his afro.

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