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)
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.
Health care public relations agency owner
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.
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.
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