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Joe Satriani on Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” and Electric Ladyland Album

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    If it weren’t for Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani may never have become a rock guitarist. Hearing Jimi, Joe explained early in his career, was a life-changing event: “I was just completely floored. The first time I ever heard him on the radio, it was like a psychedelic event. I was just a little kid, but it seemed like the whole room was spinning. Before that there were all these really smoking jazz guys, but very few of them touched me. Wes Montgomery, to me, was perfect. First time I ever heard him, I needed no convincing, no introduction. And Hendrix sounded the exact same way – so natural and off the wall and anti-technique that I loved it.” On the day Jimi died – September 18, 1970 – Joe quit the football team and abandoned his drums for guitar. Continue reading

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