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Remembering Guitarist Jimi Hendrix On What Would Have Been His 70th Birthday
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Jimi Hendrix

Today marks what would have been the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, the pioneering guitar player who singlehandedly changed every conceivable facet, approach, and style that existed before he got his hands on the instrument, and once he did, he foraged a universe in which millions traveled to, in which, led by Hendrix, one could attempt to attack the guitar as he did with a frighteningly bold and original tackling to break every single convention that stood firmly lodged in place before him and inventing new ones for those to follow for now and forever.

The electric guitar was mainly a still new instrument by the time Jimi Hendrix first picked it up and discovered what it could do and there were still musical rules and regulations being invented as it went along. Hendrix took those rules and regulations and put them through a metaphorical sifter, found the diamonds in the rubble, and then blues fried them on a skillet. The result is (still) some of the most electrified and stunningly dazzling rock and roll ever put to tape.

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2012 Black Friday Weekend Saturday Lightning Deals: Music
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Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland

All week, Amazon has been offering up Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time, centered around the biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Friday, November 25, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Black Friday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

Here’s some of the items coming up on sale:

Jimi Hendrix: Winterland (5 CD Box Set)
$34.99

Best Of James Bond 50th Anniversary
$4.99

Sting: If On A Winter’s Night…
$4.99

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Top Vinyl Rock Records Of The ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s
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Vinyl Record Day

August 12th was Vinyl Record Day, marked by the date Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, so it’s become a day to celebrate the old time traditions of sonic yesteryear, and spin your favorite tunes on those old 33 1/3, 45, and 78 sized spherical objects made out of wax called “records.” And I’m here to give you my Top 12 favorite vinyl records of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, along with a bunch of honorable mentions, but before we get to that, let’s talk a little bit about this thing called “vinyl.”

Up until the mid 1980s, when CDs started to become the musical norm in how one listened to their music proper, records were the norm of the people; not just a communally popular way to hear songs, but it became a giant subculture of the fabric of life, a hobby, a key element in creating parties, in creating gatherings and get-togethers, a source of fun competition in who would have more records than whom and who would have the rare cool records, in essence, vinyl hoarding was a collector’s and layman’s dream for decades upon decades.

With its outer cardboard casings known as “sleeves,” bands and musicians of all musical genres were able to express themselves not only in the music they created, but by the art that was presented on the front and back covers, which spawned an entire new artistic medium in a sense. In a way, every day should still be a Vinyl Record Day in some regard, and as the way music is bought and downloaded these days, in binary coded “bitted and byted” digital forms, not only has the way of the vinyl passed in essence, but also all the visual accoutrements that came with it. It has become a relic of the past like a rotary telephone or a CB radio, a dinosaur’s regime, which ultimately is hence even a more urgent reason to preserve the memory and image of the record alive in the 21st century.

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Andre 3000 To Star As Jimi Hendrix In Biopic
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Andre 3000 Benjamin in Semi-Pro

Andre 3000, best known as one half of the hip hop pop duo OutKast, known for their smash hit “Hey Ya,” is set to portray Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic which will focus on the legendary guitar player’s life in England in just before he recorded Are You Experienced?. That album was released in 1967 and changed the game of rock and roll forever, propelling Hendrix into the superstar stratosphere in the process.

Plagued by a few setbacks and loopholes from the Jimi Hendrix estate, the project has finally been greenlit and is due to start shooting in a few weeks in Wickow County and Dublin in Ireland, reports the Irish TV Network (via Rolling Stone).

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Over 7,000 Guitarists Playing Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe’ Break World Record
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Jimi Hendrix

On May 1st in Poland, a musical world record of sorts which will gain entry in the Guinness Book of World Records was broken as more than 7,000 guitarists gathered at the Thanks Jimi Festival with a performance of Jimi Hendrix’s version of “Hey Joe,” reports Guitar World.

Every form of guitarist style, ranging from classical to acoustic and electric, performed the Hendrix cut, which has been one of the more high profile songs associated with the late guitarist, but was one of the few songs that he performed throughout his short career that he didn’t write. Billy Roberts penned the song in the mid 1960s and it passed through renditions by groups like The Leaves and The Standells before it found its way into Hendrix’s repertoire.

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2011 Cyber Monday Lightning Deals – Music CDs & Box Sets
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Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland

Now that Black Friday week is over, Amazon is moving on to Cyber Monday deals week with new Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time. Once the item runs out, the sale is over – meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone (it could run out in minutes!).

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Monday, November 28, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Cyber Monday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Super Deluxe Edition 2CD+DVD)
$25.99

Weird Al Yankovic – Alpocalypse
$8.99

Led Zeppelin Box Set
$32.99

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2011 Black Friday Lightning Deals – Music CDs & Box Sets
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U2

All week, Amazon has been offering up Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time, as a prelude to the biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Friday, November 25, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Black Friday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

Jimi Hendrix: Winterland (5 CD Box Set)
$25.99

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam Twenty
$10.99

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MP3 Song Deal: Jimi Hendrix Experience Live ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’
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Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland

Today’s featured MP3 song of the day over at Amazon today is a previously unreleased live version of Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by the Jimi Hendrix Experience for only $.99 (down from $1.29).

The song is from a live recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience from October 1968 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA from the live album Winterland, released yesterday. The entire album is available in MP3 for $29.99 (41 tracks). There’s also two Amazon exclusive versions: a 5 CD Box Set for $40.99; and 8 LP + 1 CD Box Set for $60.79. The songs on Winterland were taken from six shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at the Winterland Ballroom, which celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and just as the album Electric Ladyland was released.

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Mosaic Of Jimi Hendrix Made Out Of 5,000 Fender Guitar Picks
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Jimi Hendrix

Artist Ed Chapman created a gorgeous mosaic portrait of the late great guitarist Jimi Hendrix, made entirely of 5,000 Fender guitar picks.

Last month, the portrait was auctioned off and sold for £23,000 at the Cancer Research UK’s Sound & Vision event at Abbey Road Studios.

See more images of the mosaic here below.

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