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by vivrant thang on old school fridays

Lawdhamercy, they really showed out when picking this week’s theme.

There was a plethora (love that word) of artists I could have chosen whose doobies were and are tighter than mine ever was.

I give props to all of them, especially Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire who I KNOW has to sit up underneath that dryer for at least 2-3 hours. No ma’am!

I figured your Purple Royalness would be a popular choice for this one so I decided to dig a little deeper.

Before Prince, there was this man.

Any guitarist worth his salt today has to bow down to the memory of Jimi Hendrix and how he revolutionized the soul (and rock) music genre.

I went to a live show a couple of nights ago where the guitarist did all kinds of funky things with the instrument and some machines (see how much I know about it). All of the artistry and techniques he used can most certainly be traced back to Jimi.

“Jimi Hendrix expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before. Many would claim him to be the greatest guitarist ever to pick up the instrument. At the very least his creative drive, technical ability and painterly application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.”From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


And his ‘do didn’t look half bad either.

Voodoo Chile (Live at Woodstock), 1969

Hey Joe, 1967 performance
(plays with his mouth – talk about making love with to your instrument..sex-ay! )

All Along the Watchtower, 1970

I’m a bass guitarist-loving chick myself but I had to post a couple of videos from some current day guitarists I love.

Van Hunt In Concert at The Black Cat, 10/28/07

Curt Chambers covering His Purple Royalness’, “U Got The Look”, 1/4

The party doesn’t stop here. Take a stroll down memory lane with the other Old School Friday participants.

  • Electronic Village
  • Chatting Over Cocktails
  • Ms Grapevine
  • Quick
  • Marcus LANGFORD
  • Cassandra
  • Danielle
  • Lisa C
  • Chocl8t 
  • DP
  • Kreative Talk
  • MarvalusOne
  • Regina
  • LaShonda
  • AJ
  • Sharon
  • Invisible Woman
  • Rosemarie
  • Dee
  • SJP
  • sHaE-sHae