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We usually commemorate birthdays here at PA, but some deaths are so epochal in their consequences that we honor those, too. Jimi Hendrix died on this day 45 years ago, at the age of 27. There’s no telling what might have happened to rock music had he lived. Here he is with the Experience performing an indulgent solo-rific version of what was probably his most covered song–“Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)–in Stockholm in 1969, when the hourglass of his life was already approaching its end.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.