When Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival he created one of rock’s most perfect moments.
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. … The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”.
Jimi Hendrix was a demigod with a guitar. However, while his guitar playing skills have achieved immortality, he did not. His favorite guitar was a black 1968 Stratocaster with maple neck. Towards the later part of his career Hendrix started using different guitars. Hendrix could play guitar with both hands. Jimi modified his first (right-handed) guitars for his natural leftism – restringing and changing the nut. But when Al was around, he felt he had to play a right-handed guitar simply flipped over (treble E at the top). So Jimi taught himself to be “both-handed.” … And Hendrix still played brilliantly.
Standing in the front row of that concert was a 17-year-old boy named Ed Caraeff. Caraeff had never seen Hendrix before nor heard his music, but he had a camera with him and there was one shot left in his roll of film. As Hendrix lit his guitar, Caraeff took a final photo. It would become one of the most famous images in rock and roll.