For anyone interested in Hendrix and his early career, this book is really valuable. What sets it apart from the dozens of books about Hendrix is the insight of the photographer, who understood the difference between the private persona and the need for a public image which inevitably could be at odds with the person behind it, and the sense of being there when history was in the making.
The narrative, in which Mankowitz reveals how he gets the best out of his subjects, is nearer to the real character of Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell than you will get from any other book. As the photo shoot unfolds, the insights into Hendrix' natural personality is a historic document and something every fan should have.
The end result is of course some beautiful portraits of an up and coming performer, but its unembellished style strips it of pretension and the later effects of a successful career. It is virtually a window into reality, away from all the hype and imagery which has been laid on so thick over the last 30 years.
The book brings Hendrix so closely into focus that one feels the photo shoot could have happened just this morning.