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“It’s an obvious choice, of course, a no-brainer. The first things I wanted to learn how to play on the guitar were Purple Haze and Hey Joe. Smartly, my guitar teacher inundated me with Hendrix, and my parents were big Jimi fans, so I was steeped in the music.
“The thing about Hendix is, you don’t even have to be a guitar player to enjoy what he did. Nobody is ever going to be better than him. He is to the guitar what Michael Jordan is to basketball. There’s certain people who will always be the legend, they’ll always be the best, and that’s where Jimi stands as a guitarist. You can’t even think of toppling him. He set the bar so high that all you can do is look up at it.
“Even all the stuff they keep releasing – you think, ‘Oh, this can’t be any good,’ but then you hear it, and it’s amazing. The guy just couldn’t make bad music. But Are You Experienced is the one. It’s got all the legendary hits, all the great guitar playing – it’s pretty much everything you need on one album. And there’s a shitload of feel on it, too. It’s just perfect."