All his life, white people harassed him. In the army, in his hometown of Seattle, in Jim Crow America.
Army officers who shouted in his face knew this kid with soft hands did not belong. No one cared enough to see his genius. But soon, the world would.
When Al Hendrix bought his 12 year-old son a guitar, he never suspected what Jimi would become.
Jimi spent years playing the “Chitlin’ Circuit” without much success – but all the while he was innovating how the electric guitar was played. Then a massive opportunity arose to show the world what he could do.
When Woodstock asked him to headline the massive festival in 1969, Black men in the Vietnam war were dying at extremely high rates. America was killing and abusing Black people at home AND abroad. He had to make a statement!