"This unique and fascinating book ends pretty much where most rock fans' awareness of Jimi Hendrix begins... Becoming Jimi Hendrix is the most thorough account yet seen of the years during which a shy, spacey, chronically untogether young guitarist learned his craft..."
"Most important, the book shows how Greenwich Village was crucial to Hendrix's 1966 breakthrough: With Harlem unable to hold him, MacDougal Street provides the launching pad for Hendrix's psychedelic genius."
'This is the first book to focus solely on the formative years.'
'(A) fine tuned picture of Hendrix's ascent to iconic status.'
'With previously unpublished photos and hundreds of interviews with those who crossed his path in the early days - many with people who've never actually spoken about Hendrix on the record - there's much here for aficionados to dissect. Especially interesting is the focus on how Hendrix absorbed the stylistic tricks of the R&B circuit he sought to subvert, while exploring the free-form guitar style we now associate with him.'
"Becoming Jimi... is one of the most intelligent and revealing biographies of an unsurpassable giant."
'Hendrix's career as a superstar has been well chronicled; the more interesting details of how he became one are told here...[Becoming Jimi Hendrix] makes a case for the preparation that every originator should go through: follow your passion obsessively, so that when you encounter the person or thing that will change your life, you'll be ready.'
--The New York Times
About the Author
Author of Black Gold; The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix Steven Roby previously worked for the family of Jimi Hendrix and was editor and publisher of the international Hendrix fanzine, Straight Ahead. He lives in San Rafael, California. Brad Schreiber is a journalist, author and screenplay writer who has won awards and fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation, the National Press Foundation, the National Audio Theatre Festival, the California Writers Club and others. His books include the best-selling Guinness Book parody Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blundersand the nonfiction book Death in Paradise: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. His other journalism credits include Daily Variety, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Script Magazine, The Writer and the Huffington Post. He currently lives in San Francisco, California.