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2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the wait, better is available, 11 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Starting At Zero: His Own Story (Hardcover)
For those that remember the producer's decisions taken by Alan Douglas on Crash Landing and Midnight Lightning this book was probably going to be a bit of a gamble. Well I took it and lost.

Again it seems that Alan Douglas has not failed to get between the audience and the subject matter. If you like funky (aka juvenile) text layout, crazeee font choices and lots of white space then go ahead as you'll get plenty of that. Plus some drawings created from some well-known photographs.

All of which for this member of the audience renders the book largely unreadable. Struggling through, there are some letters and postcards, a minuscule quantity of diary extracts (instantly raising the question of what about the rest) interwoven with interviews and stage announcements,

But the assemblage immediately creates some questions.

Is it whole? Does the whole add up to more than the sum of its parts? (or, worse), Is it a constructed narrative convenient in its omissions?
Sources are barely referenced.

On page 254 we may discover that book was not so much written as created by a team and produced by Alan Douglas

It would take more effort than I'm prepared to give to cross-check it with better written material such as Jimi Hendrix: In His Own Words or Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews & Encounters with Jimi Hendrix (Musicians in Their Own Words) and then there are all the biographies.

I find the story of "how and why Jimi Hendrix" fascinating resulting in the purchase of some great, e.g, Room Full of Mirrors and not so great, e.g Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth material. Prior to this I'd only got rid of one item Jimi Hendrix - Videobiography [2007] [DVD] I've got a strong feeling that's just increased by 100%
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