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.
Really enjoyed this Jimi Hendrix biography. It really shed some meaning on many of his songs.
My only criticism of the audiobook is that the narrator seems to over-pronounce "wh"'s especially with the word "white". Sounds like hu-white.
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All I do is listen to audiobooks. My opinion is that audio is never better nor worse than print. It's just different.
Well...my favorite character - BESIDES JIMI HENDRIX - would be his father. What a piece of work this guy was. You have to read this book to believe it.
Jimi Hendrix - Mr. James really tells a gripping story of Hendrix's outlandish success and unfortunate tragedy.
Not really. Pretty heavy personal stuff, and a lot of detail. But an incredible journey.
My favorite rock music bio of all time!
I have a rather long round-trip commute to downtown DC each day, but it goes a lot faster thanks to incredible story-telling, as the author Charles Cross delivered in this biography of Mr. Hendrix. I was only 13 when he died, but remember an otherwise responsible baby-sitter earlier showing off his new Electric Ladyland album.
Terrific "experience" and incredible work by Mr. Cross!
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.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Great read that gave insight into the beautifully tragic life of Jimi who was destined to flame out early. He seemed to want to change his self destructive ways at times but struggled with the feeling that he was at ten end of his mortal coil.
Yes, If you want to know what kind of life he had growing up and the life he led after getting famous
Just the sadness of his life
I don't know but he is very good
Just made me sad
I started this book with no preconceived notions. I just wanted to know more about the Artist known as "Jimi Hendrix", whom I had seen and heard of over the years. From the very beginning of the book, I was in a trance - I did not want to stop reading. From the raw, unedited, details of the story teller, I felt as if I was there with "Jimi" during his life - This is a skill that only "the most" talented writers can do; pulling the reader deep into the story, deep into the "experience." "I highly recommend this book" to anyone looking for "Truth" and "Inspiration" from the life of "Jimi Hendrix."
I've been a Hendrix fan for longer than I care to remember and I've read just about everything I can find on the man. Unfortunately most of what I out there is not very well written or contains a lot of misinformation. And none of it deals with his Seattle years. This is just the opposite. It is extensively well researched; the writing flows well (as does the narration); and the first half is centered around Jimi's early life and career.
This book combind with Eddie Kramer's Setting The Record Straight is all the info you'll ever need on Hendrix.