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5.0 out of 5 stars A guitar fan's wet dream, 24 July 2004
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This review is from: Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (33 1/3) (Paperback)
Jimi Hendrix after 30 years from his death is still revered as a guitar hero and innovator in the way the instrument was played and recorded (based on many recent polls), and Electric Ladyland was a major benchmark in his too short studio recording career in letting him stretch out and play compared with his prior 2 LPs and hit singles.
That this book is written by a guitar afficionado should thus come as no surprise, and the author was clearly influenced by Hendrix at an early age having seen him live in the UK and in his own subsequent career as a guitarist. The content (especially on the individual tracks and their recording) is very guitar playing orientated, explaining a lot of chords, tuning and playing techiques that made Hendrix sound so different and while a fascinating insight into exactly how unique Hendix was in his playing, I suspect it will potentially drag with many non-musicians (of which I am one) though as a lifetime Hendrix afficionado I must admit I found it all fascinating.
The book also picks up on many side issues that help one understand Hendrix and his times better esp. his position as a black American and his initial and subsequent treatment by US rock writers, and later in the heated anti Vietnam war and US domestic race riots happening at that time managed to remain politically indifferent.
A captivating book especially for Hendrix fans and in the end piece that speculates that Hendrix at the time of his death shortly afterwards had already delivered his best recorded work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personal and Interesting, 18 Aug. 2005
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A good read with some interesting personal perspective about Jimi Hendrix's first appearances in England. He introduces some new texture to some well known stories and fleshes out some detail and context around the recording of Hendrix's music. I'd like to see this corroborated, not because they ring false but because over time, a lot of people have said a lot of things.
A worthwhile addition to the library of any serious student of Jimi Hendrix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Jem!, 4 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (33 1/3) (Paperback)
This is a jem of a book. It is short at only 132 pages,including credits. That isn't a criticism; quite the opposite. Just as the best Hendrix is sharp, to the point, and memorable, so to is this book. I would agree with one of the other reviewers that for none guitarists it could become a little tedious. I am a guitarist however, far too young to have ever seen Hendrix live, and now old enough to see more of the man than some of the god worship of him sometimes does. Yes, he was a genius; yes he was the greatest musician ever to pick up an electric guitar; and no, no one since has equalled his achievements. But he was actually a man with faults to - (some of the live recordings that the Hendrix estate have managed to remove have moments where his solos go on much, much too long, twiddling away, or just producing astonishing guitar sounds from out of thin air because he can, without it actually doing anything.
Perry suggests that Electric Ladyland is the greatest guitar album in the history of rock - an assertion that is difficult to 'prove', but one that anyone who knows much about electric rock will understand is probably true. However what I really liked was Perry's memories of having seen Hendrix in a small club in Bristol in early 1967, where he was so close to the stage he could almost strum the guitar. As he points out this was before the age of mass marketing, promo videos and satuation advertising on radio of an artist's new record. He went to see him because he'd been on Ready Steady Go and played the guitar with his teeth. What a lucky chap he was - he got to see THE absolute magician with a six string so close he could touch him! Following on from that he quotes extensively from Mick Farren who as Perry points out comes as close as anyone I've ever read to describing just how awesome Hendrix live was.
If you're into guitars and or Hendrix, well worth buying.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes a great guitarist to write about one!, 20 Jan. 2005
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This review is from: Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (33 1/3) (Paperback)
Enjoyed the book thoroughly - a must for any 60s music fan, especially Hendrix-freaks. John Perry brings a profound, music-insider understanding of this classic guitar album.
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