Jimi Hendrix will forever be known as one of the greatest musicians to have ever lived. This photo of the musician during one of his performances will be an enduring reminder of his self-defined persona.
This photo of the music icon can be described with more than a thousand words. However, those words may not be enough to describe the feelings of those in attendance during his performance at the Civic Auditorium in Bakersfield, California on the night of October 26, 1968.
Hendrix was known for his stage presence, impeccable guitar-playing, and his overall approach to music. It was like Jimi was born to cradle a guitar in both arms and just get his audiences slack-jawed with amazement. The musician is pictured raising his left hand with a peace sign into the air. Jimi had his back to the audience but a closer look at the faces and you can see that all eyes were on him.
His skyrocketing career was cut by his untimely death at the age of 27. But still, even years after his death, the name Jimi Hendrix is still very much alive in his music and signature style as seen in photos like this. It seems unlikely to see a rock n’ roll/music photo book without a photo of the late musician in it.
Our intention with the Influential Photographs columns is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.
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Jimi Hendrix solemnly strums his guitar at Woodstock
Today in History (1970): Jimi Hendrix dies of asphyxiation while intoxicated with barbiturates
Today in History (1966): The Jimi Hendrix Experience Debuts with ‘Hey Joe’