Monday, September 18, 2006

Another Day the Music Died

Thirty-six years ago today, Jimi Hendrix died. He is at the top of a long list of musicians that could have gone on to create so much more amazing music.

Yet his catalog is immense, even for a flame that burned for such a short time.

In 2003, Forbes magazine reported on the top-earning dead celebrities. Three years ago, Hendrix' record sales had gone down, to a still-astonishing 681,000 units. He earned $7 million.

Go to any rock concert and you will see a plethora of Jimi Hendrix t-shirts. He is the foundation for modern hard rock and will continue to influence new musicians and fans as the years go on.

If still alive, he'd only be a ripe young 61.

Below is a poster that hangs in our living room.

Download: Jimi Hendrix - "1983 (A Merman I Should Be)" (courtesy of Badminton Stamps)

and of course: Jimi Hendrix - "All Along The Watchtower " (courtesy of funfunfun)

or: Jimi Hendrix - "Foxey Lady" (courtesy of Looking at Them) Note: this post by Looking at Them is very cool, featuring the soundtrack from one of my favorite movies, Better off Dead.

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