Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released Are You Experienced, an album that went quintuple platinum, inspired generations of guitarists, and “established the transcendent promise of psychedelia.”

The above quote is from Rolling Stone, which ranked Are You Experienced as #30 in their list of the top 500 albums of all time.

That’s not always how they felt.

When the record first came out, Rolling Stone summed it up as follows:

Above all this record is unrelentingly violent, and lyrically, inartistically violent at that.

They also lamented “the poor quality of the songs and the inanity of the lyrics.” This is a criticism Hendrix heard often enough to respond to:

All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.