Astounding Stories Behind The Making Of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced

The importance of Are You Experienced cannot be overstated. It is one of the most important albums in rock history. It marked the debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and it was an inspiration for future rock guitarists.

The making one of the best rock albums of all-time is layered with some fascinating history. A mind-bending collection of songs proved to be an embodiment of the Summer of Love in 1967.

Jimmy James Was Before Jimi Hendrix

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Before the Experience was relevant, Jimi was playing under a different name. The man named Jimmy James was living life in New York City. This was around the same time that Chas Chandler, former member of the Animals, saw the icon play.

Soon after, they agreed to let Chandler manager Hendrix, with the musician becoming Jimi and reinventing his last name.