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Jimi Hendrix's influence on music and popular culture cannot be overstated, but his life was a full of contradictions and he always struggled with his rock star status. His four short years of stardom came after an incredibly tough and tragic upbringing, and C.R. Cross has delved deep and chronicled these early years so that the reader gains an insight into where Jimi's musical genius sprang from. The research and interviews with so many of Hendrix's friends, relatives and colleagues reveal a man driven to escape his past but who becomes trapped in the gilded cage his talent created. Although we all know that his life ended in tragedy, this biography thankfully focuses on Jimi as supreme musician, as entertainer, as a man who lived for the moment, rather than raking over every detail of his demise. The mystery and rumours surrounding his death are dealt with compassionately and, it would seem, accurately and one myth is finally laid to rest.
Overall a very good read, offering a moving portrayal of a life lived at "a thousand miles an hour".
While in broad brush terms there is little new, this book presents Jimi Hendrix "warts and all" and does a good job in balancing others' contexts. That sets it apart from most of the others - and the author does a good job of not getting between his subject and the reader.
This biography is probably the most professionally written one to date. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because the sources of the material show through in places (though it would be ridiculous to expect a new biography to be stunningly different).
But if you just want a quick read though his life and don't want to read any further, this book is still fascinating in its outlining of his tumultuous life. This is the first biography I have read on Jimi Hendrix, and I knew some things about his life and what he had achieved, and also about the drugs and the women, but it took me by surprise the amount he indulged in these things, for about four years straight. Numerous times throughout the book I found myself wishing he had stopped, taken a step back from the scene, and had a long rest from the whole industry and lifestyle of being one of the biggest stars in the music world of his era. If he were able to do that he may still be alive today, but alas, it was not to be.
So, for those who want more depth into Jimi Hendrix and his music, look elsewhere, but for the curious and casual fans this book is worth reading.
Jimi's tough upbringing and "paying his dues" as a jobbing guitarist for various R&B/blues acts are particularly well covered, as are the huge numbers of hangers-on who sapped his strength, creativity and money.
It also shows how Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and a lot of Jimis family
never recieved what they should following the demise of Jimi of the Experience.
Over 300 people were interviewed for the book and it feels well-researched.
Anyone interested in Hendrix will enjoy this.
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Great book on a complex man.. The book is detailed and the author really tries to get into the head of Hendrix which can't have been easy! Read morePublished on 14 May 2015 by Tayloranne Donnelly
I'm a bit sceptical about people that write biographies for a living. Charles Cross writes an interesting book, but as he has written about so many other people and given them a... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2015 by Lucy
Well put together but shows signs that the writer was not around in UK when the events happened. Some mistakes.Published on 17 Oct. 2014 by R. Harrod
This is the second book I have read by Charles R Cross (I've also read Heavier than Heaven) and it was just as good as the first. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Bec
Having just read the last page of this book , I must say that it was nothing short of amazing. As a massive Jimi fan I would say that this gives a equal account of all aspects of... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Warren
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