On this day in 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born. Yeah, that’s right, Jimi would be 71 today had he lived on. I guess the only appropriate song to mark his birth is his own: “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” performed in Stockholm in 1969.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.