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CROSS: Well, there was, and I think that you can't underplay the role that race had played in Jimi's sort of life up to that point and also at this crucial moment. One of the reasons Jimi couldn't get recognized in America because there was such a strict racial line in America in There was essentially African-American music and there was white music.
And the two did not cross. The ideas that Jimi was working with, incorporating blues and moving that into the rock arena, no one was doing that. Then Jimi goes to England and suddenly his race is no longer a defining characteristic. In fact, his race ends up being an asset, because he was given a level of authenticity immediately by the British public. What's interesting is then when he comes back to America, he's still facing huge racial issues that I think he thought that he'd left behind when he was in England.
CHIDEYA: Before we move on to how he was received back in the US, we should talk more about how people like Eric Clapton, and, certainly, The Rolling Stones, venerated the black blues musicians, and stole freely from their works, and so for them to see someone like Jimi must have been kind of a revelation.
Tell us how he impressed Eric Clapton, for example. And one of the reasons he rose so quickly was that he went to a Cream show that happened at a London college and asked if he could jam with Cream, and no one had ever asked before if they could jam with Cream.
Cream was so taken aback, they didn't know what to say. He was, obviously, very emulating Albert King, who was Clapton's biggest role model.
Hendrix, you could hear the influences, too, but they were more shaded by Jimi's own blues styling. Highly recommended for fans of music, guitarists, the sixties, and pop culture. Cross read by Lloyd James. I really enjoyed it. Jan 19, karen reyes rated it really liked it. Loved this book. It is a true account of Jimi's life, from the beginning to the very end. This book examines his passion for music; he slept with his guitar in his early years.
The author takes you on a journey of Jimi Hendrix the musician, the son, the lover the partier and the brother. He seemed like a really good guy, and was truly talented. He weaved through different bands before becoming "Jimi Hendrix", eventually resenting the mainstream perception of who he was as an artist.
He got tired Loved this book. He got tired of all of the gimmicks and expectations during his concerts, despite popular belief that he enjoyed these things setting his guitar on fire, playing with his mouth, etc.
So sad that he died so early in his life, when he was receiving so much attention for his role as a musical artist. Drugs, drugs, drugs!
And finally, I learned that there is a little Jimi Hendrix out there in the world somewhere today; the offspring of a fantastic and gifted artist.
Amazing we don't hear about him. Jun 28, Steve rated it really liked it. Generally speaking I really enjoyed this book I am a hater of biographies but because I am a massive Hendrix fan I decided to give this a go. The amount of facts in this book is incredible and I can only imagine the amount of work the author went to, to gather up all that detail.
But this maybe a potential problem for some, the author laid out the facts about Hendrix without dramatising it too much. For me this wasn't an issue since I knew all of Hendrix's songs I enjoyed getting the facts beh Generally speaking I really enjoyed this book For me this wasn't an issue since I knew all of Hendrix's songs I enjoyed getting the facts behind them, I wasn't really interested on what else was going on at the time etc.
The start of the book is also very interesting learning about Hendrix's early life and getting a feel for growing up as a young African-American in Seattle. Sorry first review so forgive me if it was rubbish. I think if you are Hendrix fan you will really get a lot out of the book, if not I think it will come across a bit clinical.
It is both incredibly well written and so thoroughly researched. It's been SUCH a well told tale! The author calls the book his "four-year, interview effort to crack the code and to turn that black-light poster image into a portrait of a man.
Well done. May 31, Rich Jonny's Son rated it it was amazing Shelves: ir-reading. Cross is all about Jimi Hendrix's life. His life a child to an adult. Jan 21, billy rated it it was amazing. The best part of this book like all biographies is the beginning. I liked this book because I like Jimi Hendrix. I enjoyed reading about a great musi The best part of this book like all biographies is the beginning.
I enjoyed reading about a great musician who accomplished so much in 27 short years. Jun 06, John rated it really liked it. Okay,okay this is the best Hendrix biography, well researched and well-written, with a feeling for the man and his music. However, this book is so damned sad it gave me the willies for weeks on end.
Such a towering talent and a man who so many loved so dearly and a man whose music reverberates through our culture so thoroughly and whose music I have unceasingly listened to for 44 years - his troubles as Okay,okay this is the best Hendrix biography, well researched and well-written, with a feeling for the man and his music.
Such a towering talent and a man who so many loved so dearly and a man whose music reverberates through our culture so thoroughly and whose music I have unceasingly listened to for 44 years - his troubles as related in this book made me so sad. Aug 21, Lemar rated it really liked it Shelves: african-american , biography , non-fiction. Meticulous research makes for a clear look at this man who became a legend in his own brief time. Cross does not employ flashy prose to bring this flashy artist to life but is able to put us there in each phase of his life so that we understand his take on Jimi and the prevailing atmosphere in which he found himself.
Written at the perfect moment when passions and legal wrangling had mostly subsided yet many of the protagonist were still around to be interviewed, Cross is the perfect wr Meticulous research makes for a clear look at this man who became a legend in his own brief time. Written at the perfect moment when passions and legal wrangling had mostly subsided yet many of the protagonist were still around to be interviewed, Cross is the perfect writer, a fan but never a fanatic, to write Jimi's biography.
Dec 15, Elionora rated it it was amazing. This book was an amazing biography, it was definitely very well detailed and inspiring. It gave you insight on his early life and a more personal depth that can only paint Jimi Hendrix as a tragic and relateable artist. Crosses uses interviews and research in a very beautiful account of a life that has marked the hearts of many fans across the world.
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He is the founder of Backstreets magazine, a periodical for fans of Bruce Springsteen, editor of "Springsteen: the Man and His Music," a compilation of Backstreets articles, and is also author of a biography of Kurt Cobain, titled Heavier Than Heaven. In , while conducting research for the Hendrix book, Cross rediscovered the gravesite of Jimi Hendrix's mother, Lucille Jeter Hendrix, in an abandoned section of Greenwood Memorial Park, where Jimi Hendrix himself is buried in an elaborate granite memorial.
The gravesite of Lucille Hendrix was lost because the standard welfare marker of her day, an inscribed brick, became buried in decades of mud from the area's notorious heavy rains. Song Genres. All Genres. Song Styles. All Styles. Song Moods. All Moods. Song Themes. All Themes. Empowering 9 Revolutionary 9 Freedom 8 In Love 5.
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