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)
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.
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.
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
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