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It Does Not Delve Deep Enough
on 10 November 2013
Charles R. Cross's biography on Jimi Hendrix, "Room Full of Mirrors", was an enjoyable and quick read of his life, but it seems to skim through his life and it does not go into enough depth and detail into the man himself. It is great on Jimi's early years, which was covered very well, but it seems to fly through his fame years by merely glancing at the things he did, the shows he performed, and the music he created, instead of getting into the nitty gritty details. I am looking at this book as a good overview of his life, but there are probably books out there already on Jimi Hendrix that are more in depth, and I would suggest to people to turn to those books instead if you are really interested in the man and his music.
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.