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    Shin Joong-Hyun, South Korea’s Jimi Hendrix

    Talking about mean electric guitar: That was Shin Joong-Hyun, who the Economist a few months back referred to as a South Korean Jimi Hendrix. His life story is far more rock&roll. In 1975, a few stoner-fans gave him marijuana, which he says did nothing more than make his head hurt, and prevent him from concentrating on his music. The police busted him all the same. He was sullied in the press as a drug addict, and subjected to waterboarding and other forms of torture while imprisoned. He was later sent to a mental institution and, upon his release, banned from performing music for life.