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Henry Rollins: How Jimi Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced' changed my life

Hardcore icon talks personal connection to "young badass" guitarist's debut album
 KCRW DJ Henry Rollins hosts record store day celebration at Amoeba Music on April 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)

Henry Rollins is many things: hardcore punk icon, poet, actor, comedian, TV and radio host, all-around music fanatic … and an obsessive vinyl collector. His listening tastes are as eclectic as his resume, ranging from Afropop and musicals to '60s avant-garde, '70s heavy metal, '80s post-punk and beyond.

When we talked to the ex-Black Flag frontman about the 10 albums that have shaped him as a person and an artist, he hailed Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 debut Are You Experienced. Below, Rollins shares the profound connection he had with that album.

“As a player, an innovator and young badass, Mr. Hendrix states his case rather well on this album. I identify heavily with the alienation in the lyrics. It’s the first thing that I noticed about his songs.”

  

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