MastroNet Spring 2005
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Reputedly named Johnny Allen Hendrix at birth, and later renamed James Marshal Hendrix by his father, he would someday be known to the world as "Jimi" Hendrix (1942-1970). It's interesting that for a young man who lived so short a time, so many myths and half-truths have sprung up about the amazing guitarist from Seattle. One common myth is that he dropped out of high school in his Sophomore year. While he probably did drop out to start touring as a front man for a number of R & B bands, Jimi should at least get credit for attending during part of his Junior year at Seattle's Garfield High. Here's the proof of that small point, an EX/MT copy of the high school yearbook for Garfield's 1961 school year (usual written remembrances throughout). Alphabetically filed in with his Junior year classmates is pictured one James Hendrix. That's it, just the one. (Jimi was probably too involved with one of his many garage bands to get involved in sports and other school activities, and he didn't inscribe this book.) Looking at the smaller than a postage stamp sized photo, it's hard to believe that the young man would be dead in only 9 years. It's harder still to get your mind around all that he accomplished in the short amount of time that was left to him.
1961 Garfield High School Yearbook - Jimi Hendrix' Junior Year
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