Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys


Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys


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This presentation will focus extensively on funk music and how Jimi Hendrix changed the sound of funk with his pioneering guitar style. I explore his impact on funk guitarists by exploring the dynamics of Hendrix’s short-lived but highly impactful group, the BOG’s and his influence on artists like Ernie Isley, Eddie Hazel, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz, as well as his impact on the funk bands out of Dayton, Ohio. Bands like Sun, Faze-O, Roger Troutman and ZAPP seemed to really champion Hendrix and the BOG’s formula of giving the guitar prominence within their funk compositions. Jimi and the BOG’s are the missing link that bridges the old school funk championed by James Brown and his peers with the new styled guitar heavy funk, championed by P-Funk, Isley’s (3+3 lineup), Prince, and Dayton’s many funk groups like Slave.

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Dayton, OH


African American Studies | Music | Musicology

Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys