This was a wonderfully written and narrated book. I wasn't expecting much, thinking that there are many mediocre rock star bios around, and this would likely be another, but it was excellent. I actually paused it a few times because I didn't want it to end. It's about Jimi the person, and provides a very engaging account of how he got to where he did, and of his trying to navigate stardom when he arrived. I didn't know much about his personal life, but it was sad to read of all the sycophants surrounding him, and it made me think a lot about what it is to feel trapped, as Jimi did near the end of his life when he couldn't see a path out of doing what everyone expected of him. It made me think too of how important parents are--Jimi's were neglectful, and I suspect he might still be with us if someone had provided him some better tools for living. The narration was perfect. Best of all, it's had me revisiting his great music again.
Excellent book and narration. A great story, but I am a biased Hendrix fan. Very interesting retrospective of Hendrix's life, and the author is very knowledgable with the facts and history. I enjoyed every moment of this book.
I also highly recommend "Heavier Than Heaven" the biography of Kurt Cobain, also written by Cross with the same narrator. The two books are on the same level.
Yes, it was entertaining and touching.
Jimmi himself. His childhood shaped his life. He was a kind and loving man, yet very troubled.
I don't know who that is. If it was the narrator, he was mesmerizing. It has been a while since I listened to it.
The WHOLE book.
Humanizes a god, and the result is a tragedy about a lost kid who never found his way. All the unhappiness does make the music sound sweeter. My only issue is with the final chapter. After Jimi's death the author focuses only on legal battles between family members over money. No doubt if Jimi was listening he'd turn the audio book off.
I really enjoyed this book all the way through. I knew nothing of his life other than his music before this audio book. I'd highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about Jimi Hendrix.
This is an amazing book! If you're interested in music or Jimi Hendix, this is a must! Charles R. Cross personalize his subjects, as with the case with Kurt Cobain. Jimi"s life was amazing interesting but ultimately sad and bittersweet . This is due Jimi's talent being bittersweet when combined with his early life and up bring . In the end you'll wish for his happiness, but know the damage of his upbringing will ruined him. Amazing book on a true artist and one of the most talented guitarist of all time.
An in-drpth look into not only the life, but the heart and soul of an icon; full of contradictions, sadness and wisdom. RIP, angel...
I found this book to be a refreshing contrast to most biographies of musicians. This book gives you a very impartial view of all the history of Jimi, both the good and bad. There's none of the usual over glorification of the artist by an obvious fan. I would highly recommend any music fan listen to this account since it gives you a realistic view of the contributions that Jimi gave to music culture.