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It was the summer of 1967. About 200,000 people came to the small town of Monterey, California. It was time for the Monterey Pop Festival. Over 30 artists were playing 3 days of music. But today, people remember the last night of the show. It was when the Who and Jimi Hendrix made rock history.
Pete Townshend played guitar for The Who. He did not want to go on stage after Jimi Hendrix. And Hendrix did not want to follow Townshend. A coin was flipped to decide who would go first. And The Who lost. They would play before Hendrix.
The Who’s music was loud. During the song, My Generation, the music reached a violent peak. And in wild confusion, Pete Townshend smashed his guitar all over the stage. Drummer Keith Moon destroyed his drum set. And the band left the stage in clouds of smoke and destruction.
This was a hard act to follow. But Hendrix got revenge. It was during the song Wild Thing. With his band playing hard, Hendrix poured oil on his guitar. Then he lit it on fire. As the guitar burned, he smashed it and broke it into pieces. The noises were strange and scary. It was a shocking performance that would not be forgotten.
People thought Hendrix was crazy. But the burning guitar was good publicity. And despite the craziness, Hendrix is still called the best guitar player of all time. He was active only four years, and his story ends sadly. On a September night in 1970, after drinking and taking drugs, he choked to death on his own vomit. He was only 27.