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Not Necessarily Stoned, But Beautiful: The Making of "Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced" (Jimi Hendrix - The Vinyl Frontier) [Hardcover]

Sean Egan , Jimi Hendrix
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Unanimous Ltd; Illustrated + Index edition (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903318548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903318546
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. 13 July 2006
Not a bad book. Interesting interviews with people who knew Hendrix: Linda Keith, Kathy Etchingham, Noel Redding, engineers who worked on the first recording. More biographical and less concerned with the recording process than the subtitle had led me to believe. Ludicrous and ignorant dismissal of the whole genre of blues towards the end of the book. Not the definitive biography of Hendrix - and almost certainly not intended to be -but worth a look.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars best avoided 18 Aug 2005
A dry, dull badly written book. As one reviewer has already said, this book quotes verbatim those who knew Hendrix whether or not what they have to say is interesting. Despite the amount of research that went into the book, the author makes several factual errors in the text, particularly when dealing with guitar related facts (eg. his description of how Hendrix creates the sound at the beginning of 'Foxy Lady' is nonsense).
Towards the end of the book, he offers the opinion that the Blues is a useless, uninteresting form of music. This is an extaordinary assertion considering how much of a blues afficianado Hendrix was - one story in particular that comes to mind is that of a young Hendrix at the front of a Buddy Guy gig with a tape recorder. If the author is to dismiss the foundation of all Hendrix's music (though to say he pushed the boundaries is an understatement), then perhaps he shouldn't try to write about it.
Sadly, this is the only original thought you will find here.
Overall, the book can be summarised in one word - souless. The facts are there (some interesting, many not), but there's nothing to hold your interest or excite the senses in any way
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read 4 Nov 2009
By Alien
I first read about this book in Univibes , the Jimi Hendrix-magazine.The reviewer was not impressed with this book.All i can say is , this is a fantastic pageturner.Get it...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Giggidunnit' has written an excellent review of this book, much of which I totally agree with, so I have little to add. The main irritation to me on reading this book was the all too obvious lack of musical knowledge displayed by Sean Egan; his few attempts at describing Hendrix's music in technical terms are laughably inept. Egan attempting this is akin to asking someone blind from birth to write about colour. Such an influential album as 'Are You Experienced' deserves better than this dreary recycling of lacklustre quotes, most of which Hendrix devotees have read a million times before in far more interesting books than this. Avoid this book, and read 'Electric Gypsy' instead.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By David Calcano VINE VOICE
This book provides an entertaining view of the making of how one of the best debut albums in the classic rock scene.
It provides a chronological view of the whole recording process... from finding one of the best rythmic sections of all times to tales about how Hendrix and Jim Marshall came up with the effects, plus views from the engineer Eddie Kramer. This book is WELL researched.
The author tells the Hendrix story briefly since it's not in the scope of the book, but boy it was so interesting. How Chas Chandler (manager and producer) pushed Hendrix to the limits...
Just read the damn thing! you won't be dissapointed if you have music within your veins.
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