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Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix

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Though many books have chronicled Jimi Hendrix's brilliant but tragically brief musical career, this is the first to use his own words to paint a detailed portrait of the man behind the guitar. With selections carefully chosen by one of the world's leading Jimi Hendrix historians, this work includes the most important interviews from the peak of his career, 1966 to 1970. I ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 07, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just getting around to writing about this now -- the saddest book in the world about an innocent genius transformed into a superstar, misunderstood as a sexualized gimmick master, contractually naive, not in it for anything other than his love of music, everyone pulling at him -- fans, Black Panthers, music mogels, musicians, hanger-ons. Only three years between Monterey Pop Festival and Isle of Wight Festival before his death -- more suspicious than I thought. Looking forward to a novel like De ...more
Jimi Hendrix's music is not new, not having been born in the last bit of the 1970s with a huge penchant for classic rock. But I had always assumed, based on his onstage flamboyance, that he was the same way off stage. And that is not the case in any way.

This biography is fascinating, having been taken from interviews done with Hendrix throughout his career, and it is pretty literally Hendrix in his own words. The journalists that open the pieces give their impressions of him at the time, which
May 16, 2013 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an amazing book. Presenting Jimi Hendrix through a single lens, that of his interviews with various rock magazines and radio and TV programs, has the feel of art. The interviews mirror his career chronologically. They can get repetitive, as Jimi discusses again and again where he is creatively and the various obstacles involved in trying to be understood as a musician and artist. As an observer, though, you start to see what it must have been like to be constantly hounded and sought afte
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Sep 15, 2013 Randall Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there's quite a bit of useful info in here on hendrix's guitar and arranging techniques. and it was great to read so many interviews with hendrix. the bob garcia interview has some great stuff in it about the cool unexpected things that can happen when using his preferred technique of improvising his songs out and, in the experience's case, when each member in fact likes a different kind of music.

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it took hendrix seven years to develop his style - the latter part during which he
Mar 22, 2014 Armand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for any Hendrix fan or anyone interested or curious about James Marshall Hendrix, the legendary guitar god of the 1960s. This collection of interviews, magazine articles and other brief testimonies gives the reader a look behind the machinery of the Hendrix legend. Unfortunately, some of the interviews seem to repeat and overlap, but by and large, this is a great book worthy of reading by anyone and a definite MUST-HAVE for the Hendrix fan, disciple or acolyte.
Nov 26, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on interviews with Jimi Hendrix himself. He had a poor start money wise and he took years perfecting his guitar style. He was not in the music business to make money, he was in it to make music. I saw in the late 1960's, the best concert I ever went to.
These interviews are carefully compiled and date from the time of his ascendancy up till the time of his death. Hendrix comes across as likeable, somewhat naïve and more than a bit muddled: surprisingly unarticulate, probably because of drugs. I don't think this does much for his legacy, but since it's Hendrix in his own words it's clearly accurate, and an enjoyable if minor romp through the late 60s.
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STEVEN ROBY is a respected Jimi Hendrix historian/archivist and author of the bestseller Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix. It was selected as the Best Rock Book for 2002 by the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder.


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