Hendrix went through a lot of difficulty in his life and was often taken advantage of by people around him. He was young and naïve and inexperienced except for his music. As time went on he became more troubled and he felt isolated; at times he took drugs to try and satisfy the loneliness (Lawrence, 274).Hendrix was an artist that made history because of his unique style and complicated rhythms. At one point in his life, he realized that his manager was taking money from him -- he saw a discrepancy between what his records brought in and what he actually received in payment. This made him angry and sometimes he would destroy hotel rooms or act out aggressively towards the women he was dating (Egan, 175). Eventually, Hendrix died in 1970 from an overdose of sleeping pills (Egan, 176). What is important to note is that Hendrix did not die of an overdose of drugs in the way people thought. He was with one of his fans and received the pills; researchers suggest that she was mentally unstable and he died when he was with her.Hendrix and His Contributions To MusicMost people associate Hendrix with the 1960s because he was at the height of his career at that time. Additionally, his albums like "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Chile" topped the music charts. For those who liked rock music, his music is still played as an example of a true rocker. His music had blues as the foundation and according to Gelfand, "it was a voice of release, a 'cry of love' that, like all great blues, transcended the pain and the physical hardships that gave the music its soul". Although he was considered a rock musician he often grew tired of the constraints that this type of music put on him.Although Hendrix died very early in his life, his music lives on in the sounds of many current day guitarists. Many musicians like Pat Metheny, Van Halen, Eric Johnson and others have created the sounds of Hendrix in their music. He also influenced the way people dressed and acted when they performed on stage.
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