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Room Full of Mirrors Audiobook

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

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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

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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.

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    Sharon Mcgee 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was entertaining and touching.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jimmi himself. His childhood shaped his life. He was a kind and loving man, yet very troubled.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    The WHOLE book.


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    Dave 09-25-15
    Dave 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Honest stories can be the saddest"

    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.

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    Nichole 08-04-15
    Nichole 08-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    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.

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    Rebecca F. 06-08-15
    Rebecca F. 06-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It turn Will turn "Jimi Hendix" into James"

    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.

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    Carol Richards 04-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "thorougly researched"

    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...

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    Eric L 02-25-15
    Eric L 02-25-15
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    "Very impartial account - MUST listen for any fan"

    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.

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    jim smith Canada 02-16-15
    jim smith Canada 02-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book"

    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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    John 11-10-14
    John 11-10-14

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    "Likely the best rock bio I've ever read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Room Full of Mirrors to be better than the print version?

    All I do is listen to audiobooks. My opinion is that audio is never better nor worse than print. It's just different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    Jimi Hendrix - Mr. James really tells a gripping story of Hendrix's outlandish success and unfortunate tragedy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. Pretty heavy personal stuff, and a lot of detail. But an incredible journey.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    csk Alameda, CA 09-30-14
    csk Alameda, CA 09-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding"

    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.

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