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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix | [Charles R. Cross]

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.
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Publisher's Summary

For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

Based on more than 300 interviews and never-before-seen private documents, this audiobook recounts the entire arc of Hendrix's life, from his troubled childhood and struggle with racial prejudice to his rapid ascent in swinging London, his headlining at Woodstock in 1969, and his death a year later. As colorful and large as the decade of the 60s, this biography gives the real Hendrix the immortality he deserves.

©2005 Charles R. Cross; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc

What the Critics Say

"Cross' detailed, engrossing book makes the memory of Hendrix even stronger." (New York Times)
"One of the best biographies to date....Admirably comprehensive and well referenced, this is the Hendrix biography to acquire if you can acquire only one." (Booklist)
"An excellent portrait, probably unbeatable both for its moving depiction of his youth and thrilling rise to fame and for its myth-busting finality." (Los Angeles Times)

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    MDC1976 Austin, TX USA 09-18-12
    MDC1976 Austin, TX USA 09-18-12 Member Since 2012

    duke&jack

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    "Great book. Great narrator."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 06-18-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 06-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Tragically beautiful life"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Garofalo boston 02-20-14
    A. Garofalo boston 02-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "so disappointed"

    I feel I learned nothing about Jimmy Hendrix I hadn't already heard. I never felt like I got any insight into who he really was and what made him tick. Just a bunch of facts and figures and random bits of information all strung together. i could barely get through it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Bethany, OK, United States 06-30-13
    Brad Bethany, OK, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, If you want to know what kind of life he had growing up and the life he led after getting famous


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Room Full of Mirrors?

    Just the sadness of his life


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know but he is very good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just made me sad


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Brown NYC, USA 06-11-13
    James Brown NYC, USA 06-11-13

    JB

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    "Emotionally - "Amazing and Inspiring""

    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."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    auther kingston, WA, United States 02-13-13
    auther kingston, WA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic! The best Hendrix biography to date"

    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.

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    roderick Sterling, VA, United States 06-19-12
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    "A MUST HEAR FOR ALL FANS OF HENDRIX"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Room Full of Mirrors to be better than the print version?

    YES


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Room Full of Mirrors?

    The way he died


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personality. It was like the reader was actually there.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How this very, very poor child from Seattle, Wa. Grew up to be admired by millions and millions of people all over the world even to this very day.


    Any additional comments?

    This book taught me to pursue what I love. What I'm passionate about, and to do that thing that I'm passionate about everyday. Jiml was always playing somewhere. It didn't matter to him where, so when he got he's big break, he was prepared for it.

    A Great Book!

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    Janina Decatur, GA, United States 06-15-12
    Janina Decatur, GA, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Victim of His Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because Jimi Hendrix's story was much more complex than I was aware of. i thought this was a credible performance of the book, but the performance felt too dry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The biography is highly informative. I just didn't know all this detail about Jimi's life.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He read the book, but he didn't bring it alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Buster Who?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Howell, NJ, United States 05-10-12
    Roger Howell, NJ, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    An avid reader who once abhorred the concept of "listening" to books, I now enjoy audiobooks as an alternative to the radio while commuting.

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    "Stand-out bio on Hendrix"

    A solid biography, well-researched and objective. The authors focuses his attention on Jimi's life and his relationships with family, friends, lovers and business associates. He places less emphasis on Jimi's music, which is not necessarily a bad decision as there are so many books and articles dedicated to his otherworldly guitar playing. The narrator, while perfectly serviceable, was a bit too level in his reading for me. While I don't appreciate narrators who go the other way and try to make themselves the star of the book, Room Full of Mirrors could have benefited from a reading that conveyed some of the drama of Jimi's life. Still, it's a minor criticism and I would not hesitate to recommend the book to fans of Hendrix.

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    Steve Tega Cay, SC, USA 03-29-10
    Steve Tega Cay, SC, USA 03-29-10
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    "Room Full of mirrors"

    Great listen, really enjoyed this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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