Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy
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Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy

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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)
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Dan
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...more
Terry Belben
I have read many Hendrix books, stories, but this was the best
Penny
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
Greg
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
Mike
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...more
Andy
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.
Charlie
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.
Skunk
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.
Michael
Gotta love this dude's music and his influence on rock. Truly a rolling stone...
Jo
Aug 02, 2011 Jo added it
a tragic end to a life that changed music forever
Ned
I have a hardback but the sleeve is not here.
Joy Idowu
the best bio on jimi hands down!
Tom
he was a wounded soul,,
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