Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy” as Want to Read:
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  16 reviews
September 18, 1995, marks the 25th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's untimely demise. To commemorate this event, the authors have revised and updated over 200 pages of Electric Gypsy, the record of Hendrix's legacy as the music world's most talented guitarist.
Paperback, 784 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1990)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Jimi Hendrix, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Jimi Hendrix

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 531)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Terry Belben
I have read many Hendrix books, stories, but this was the best
I'n not a fan of electric guitar rock nor of the rock world in general, (cock rock comes to mind) but read this bio out of curiosity to see how life begins for rock musician/singers. I was interested at first but it got very technical in places about his guitar playing as his life story progressed, and I found it difficult to understand the personality of Hendrix, this may be the fault of the author more than the subject himself. I still haven't finished it but come back to it now and then to se ...more
This was clinical. It has some pretty crucial details and dates, but the writing is a bit uninvolving.

I'm a fan of Jimi Hendrix and his music; this book is a good guide to go back and check dates and the gear he was using ... but I don't recall particularily ENJOYING the act of reading this book.

He had an interesting life but his music to me is so otherworldly and brilliant that the details about who he was screwing, what he was high on just pales in comparison. His Mother passed away when he w
This book is another well researched biography on the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. Electric Gypsy covers Hendrix unhappy childhood in detail. The author also explores the mob connections to Hendrix management that the author hints could be linked to Hendrix death. The back of this book features a well researched reference section containing details on Hendrix recordings which collectors will find helpful. The author explores Hendrix set lists for various shows and why and how his music was ev ...more
Dec 15, 2007 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hendrix fans, fans of music journalism
Shelves: biography
This is a comprehensive look at the life of Jimi Hendrix. I read this when I was around 13 or so. It was probably the longest book I'd ever read at that point, but I remember really enjoying it. The book covers all the personal aspects of Hendrix's life and discusses in detail how he got started in England, how he met up with his band mates, and their subsequent adventures on the road and in the studio. I'd recommend this as the go-to biography for any fans of one of the most talented, and, by a ...more
Laura Flynn
I read this a looooong time ago, for a "smart kid" class I had in Jr. High. (who knew?!) Our assignment was to read a biography.
I remember it being at least 800 pages long and being quite inappropriate for a 12 year old. It was books like these that really raised me; made me "grow up". I went through a 60's psychedelic rock phase and Hendrix was a god to me. I really cannot remember what could have filled up so many pages. I own a copy that I haven't touched, so maybe I'm due for another flip-th
Nov 07, 2008 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jimi hendrix fans, duh!
Shelves: rock-sleaze
Gigantic sprawling bio on the great electric guitarist. This is as comprehensive a book on Jimi as you'll find anywhere. I could've done without the conspiracy theories tied in to Jimi's death, but other than that if you like all things Hendrix this is the book. Move over Rover and let Harry Shapiro take over.
One of the best Hendrix biographies I've read. Incredibly detailed, including session notes. A great portrait of the chief architect of modern rock guitar.
Pete daPixie
Take my advice, don't vomit when you are totally unconscious from the effects of drugs. I've done it myself, and it's not a good idea.
Oct 22, 2008 Skunk added it
I learned that Jimi was truly a muse, a divine instrument to push the boundaries of music into new realms and make magic possible.
Gregory Tkac
This was such an good insider's view into the world of my all-time favorite musician. Highly suggested for even the casual fan.
Gotta love this dude's music and his influence on rock. Truly a rolling stone...
Aug 02, 2011 Jo added it
a tragic end to a life that changed music forever
I have a hardback but the sleeve is not here.
Joy Idowu
the best bio on jimi hands down!
he was a wounded soul,,
Shell marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2015
abcdefg marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2015
Dan Kok
Dan Kok marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2015
Kelsey Loughran
Kelsey Loughran marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2015
Anthony Ant
Anthony Ant marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2015
Noah marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2015
Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson marked it as to-read
Jan 06, 2015
Fran marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 17 18 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story
  • Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography
  • Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who
  • Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story
  • Eye Mind: Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators
  • Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend
  • John Coltrane: His Life and Music
  • Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life
  • Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette
  • Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King
  • Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
  • Confusion Is Next: The Sonic Youth Story
  • If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
  • Stoned
  • Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
  • I Slept With Joey Ramone
  • Picasso: Creator And Destroyer
  • Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus
Jack Bruce Composing Himself: The Authorised Biography Waiting For The Man: Story of Drugs and Popular Music Recreational Drugs: A Directory Eric Clapton: Lost In The Blues Harry's Roadhouse Cookbook: Square Meals from Santa Fe's Favorite Kitchen

Share This Book