The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Jimi Hendrix Experience was a short lived band that was formed in 1966 composed of American front man Jimi Hendrix and English bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell.

The band was considered highly influential in the development of the rock and roll genre, most notably because of the famous guitar work by their legendary front man, Jimi Hendrix.

The band was formed when Jimi Hendrix went to England in 1966 accompanied by his manager Chas Chandler and moved to find musicians to play with Hendrix as back-up. Auditions were held until finally bassist Redding was chosen along Mitchell on drums.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was one of the first bands during that time to popularize the "Power Trio" band set-up along with the band front runner Cream. This line up only consisted of bass, leads guitar and drums and allowed each band member to come out with a more extroverted style of playing.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience had their first taste of celebrity during the Monterey Pop Festival which was one of the first big music festivals at that time. The band was able to deliver a stellar performance that was caped by Hendrix setting fire of his guitar. That moment was forever immortalized in a photograph which was used by Rolling Stone magazine for their cover.

Their performance at the music festival was captured on video and gave American audiences their first glimpse of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The band was able to come out with three albums, "Are You Experienced", "Axis: Bold as Love", and "Electric Ladyland". These albums were also considered as Jimi Hendrix’s most successful albums.

In just a span of three years, there was an increasing tension brewing between Hendrix and Redding. Hendrix was also beginning to feel that his musical style was being limited by having a power trio set-up for a band.

The band’s dissolution finally came with Hendrix’s infamous admission while playing at the Denver Pop Festival saying, "This is the last gig we’ll be playing together". And with that came the end of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was known for being one of the first integrated bands, with a black front man and two white men backing him up. That alone gave a strong political statement which was further instilled by the success that they achieved.

With the power trio, Hendrix mixed playing the lead as well as rhythm guitar. This also led to the popularity of using then revolutionary guitar effects such as the feedback and the wah-wah. For their influence in the development of rock music that many future bands emulated and cited as influential examples, the band was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.