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
"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)
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.
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.
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
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.
The way he died
Personality. It was like the reader was actually there.
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.
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!
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.
The biography is highly informative. I just didn't know all this detail about Jimi's life.
He read the book, but he didn't bring it alive.
An avid reader who once abhorred the concept of "listening" to books, I now enjoy audiobooks as an alternative to the radio while commuting.
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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