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A list with references, shout-outs, parodies, homages... to Jimi Hendrix.

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  • Naruto: The first Raikage A looks similar to Hendrix.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Part 4's Disc-One Final Boss, Akira Otoishi, is an aspiring guitarist who wants to live "as vicariously as Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck".
    • Part 5 has Fugo, whose Stand is named Purple Haze. A follow-up Light Novel, Purple Haze Feedback, introduces several other Jimi Hendrix-inspired Stands including Voodoo Child, Manic Depression, Dolly Dagger, Rainy Day Dream Away, Night Bird Flying, and All Along the Watchtower (who, given the Theme Naming present, is most likely named after Jimi's cover rather than the Bob Dylan original).
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    • Part 6's protagonist Jolyne Cujoh's Stand is named "Stone Free", after one of Hendrix's songs.
    • Part 7 has the Boom Boom Family, whose horses are all named after Jimi Hendrix songs, being Foxy Lady, Little Wing, and Crosstown Traffic.
  • Shiori Experience is a series about mild-mannered English teacher Shiori Honda, who is inspired to take up the guitar and begin playing again after she's visited by the spirit of Hendrix (who can also possess her by plugging his guitar into the back of her neck). His influence leads her to change her whole life and and focus on playing music once more.




  • Michael Winslow (the man doing funny voice impressions in the Police Academy franchise) had an amazing impression of Jimi Hendrix as part of his stage act and this without even using an actual electric guitar!
  • Not in the film itself, but on the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping soundtrack, one of the items mentioned as being in KidBrain's jeep in "Things In My Jeep" is "A tape of the Jimmy Hendrix experience".
  • In Withnail & I, "All Along the Watchtower" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return" appear on the soundtrack. In fact, this prompted his estate to restrict use of his music, as they were getting tired of him being associated with drug culture.
  • "If 6 Was 9" appears on the Easy Rider soundtrack.
  • Minions: One of the many things Scarlett Overkill's stolen is Jimi's autographed guitar.
  • One-Trick Pony: Jimi Hendrix is mentioned while the band members are listing dead rock stars.


  • In Harmonic Feedback, Drea and Justin talk about their love of Jimi Hendrix. Drea says, "His solos say, This is who I am. You can take me or leave me." Justin talks about how he and his mom used to air guitar to "All Along the Watchtower."
  • The Real Frank Zappa Book: Zappa mentions an encounter with The Plasters Casters of Chicago who made plaster replicas of the penises of famous rock artists, among them Hendrix.
  • In I Think I Love You, Ruth is horrified to hear that Bill interviewed David Cassidy. He tries to retain some credibility by making up a story about the two of them singing "The Wind Cries Mary" together. Surprisingly, it works.
  • In Like No Other Boy, Chris sees a long-haired, hippie-looking guy driving a '60s-style VW bug and wonders if he's listening to Jimi Hendrix.

Live-Action TV

  • In "Drew Gets Married", an episode of The Drew Carey Show, Drew and Las Vegas waitress Diane get married by a minister dressed as Jimi instead of the standard Elvis.


  • Frank Zappa:
    • We're Only in It for the Money: Hendrix is visible (in person!) on the album cover. On the record itself Zappa plays Flower Punk In the Style of... Hey Joe.
    • Ahead of Their Time: Jimmy Carl Black is "dressed up as a pop star to hustle some young ladies" by giving him a Jimi Hendrix wig.
    • Zappa covered "Purple Haze" on side 2 of The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life.
    • He was referenced again in "We're Turning Again" from Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention, namedropping both "Purple Haze" and "We're Turning Again".
  • Queen: Freddie Mercury lists Jimi Hendrix as a miracle in his song The Miracle from the album The Miracle.
  • The Bloodhound Gang: According to the song Fire Water Burn Jimi Hendrix is in Hell, along with John F. Kennedy, Martha Raye, Mark Twain, Lawrence Welk, Kurt Cobain, Kojak, Poltergeist and Emmanuel Lewis, 'cause he's the Antichrist.
  • On the Beastie Boys album Paul's Boutique, during "Hey Ladies", a sample of "Foxy Lady" is heard. From the same album "Are You Experienced" is heard during "B-Boy Bouillabaisse".
  • The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (released about the time of Hendrix' death) has the narrator (whilst picking up a prescription) see a friend called "Jimi" (or "Jimmy") who "looked really ill".
  • Patti Smith: In her song "Rock 'N' Roll Nigger" from Easter she redefines the word "nigger" as a badge of honor for rebellious outsiders, like Jimi Hendrix, Jesus Christ and Jackson Pollock.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: In the music video of "Dani California" from Stadium Arcadium the band dresses up as several rock bands, representing different music genres. Flea dresses up as Hendrix when the group imitates Psychedelic Rock.
  • Among the things Pink lists as having in "Nobody Home", in Pink Floyd's The Wall is an "obligatory Hendrix perm".
    • Hendrix is also briefly referenced in the spoken word section (performed by Roger Waters in a comical Scottish accent) in the Ummagumma studio track "Several Species of Long Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" with the line, "And the wind cried Mary".

Stand-Up Comedy

  • Bill Hicks was a big fan and often mentioned him in his act when talking about what a real rock star should be.

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Western Animation

  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer the Heretic: Hendrix can be seen playing table tennis with Benjamin Franklin in Heaven.
    • Homerpalooza: After being told by a veterinarian that he could die, Homer asks him if he has any messages for Jimi Hendrix, causing the vet to tell him: "Pick up your puppy". The camera then reveals a dog lying in his basket, named ''Rover'', in reference to the song "Fire", where Jimi sang: "Move over Rover / and let Jimi take over."
    • D'ohin' in the Wind: Homer is at the Woodstock Festival, where Hendrix is performing. He imitates his guitar playing.
    • My Way or the Highway to Hell: Hendrix appears in Heaven again, this time to give Jesus guitar lessons.
  • Cars:
    • Shortly after Sarge plays his bugle call at sunrise, Fillmore responds by playing Hendrix' version of The Star-Spangled Banner.


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