I am looking at this book as a good overview of his life, but there are probably books out there already on Jimi Hendrix that are more in depth, and I would suggest to people to turn to those books instead if you are really interested in the man and his music. But if you just want a quick read though his life and don't want to read any further, this book is still fascinating in its outlining of his tumultuous life.
This is the first biography I have read on Jimi Hendrix, and I knew some things about his life and what he had achieved, and also about the drugs and the women, but it took me by surprise the amount he indulged in these things, for about four years straight.
Numerous times throughout the book I found myself wishing he had stopped, taken a step back from the scene, and had a long rest from the whole industry and lifestyle of being one of the biggest stars in the music world of his era. If he were able to do that he may still be alive today, but alas, it was not to be. So, for those who want more depth into Jimi Hendrix and his music, look elsewhere, but for the curious and casual fans this book is worth reading.
One person found this helpful. For anyone who is interested in Jimi's upbringing and the possible causes of his intrigueing personality and talent, in addition to a history of his musical development, this book is a must read.
Jimi's sad complex upbringing and his untimely death is sensitively handled and was a complete revelation to me. Excellent book. Load more international reviews. You do not need to be a Jimi Hendrix fan to enjoy it. Present well liked. Well put together but shows signs that the writer was not around in UK when the events happened.
Some mistakes. Great book on a complex man.. The book is detailed and the author really tries to get into the head of Hendrix which can't have been easy! Everyone should read this book, fan or not, as the subject himself is so interesting.
A great buy Was v inexpensive and will be a really good read! There is some interesting new material, reframing, for example his military career and fleshing out aspects of the relationship between him and his family particularly his father.
The author has introduced some complexity into Hendrix's relationships family, "family" and friends and his life that I have not seen in previous biographies. While in broad brush terms there is little new, this book presents Jimi Hendrix "warts and all" and does a good job in balancing others' contexts. That sets it apart from most of the others - and the author does a good job of not getting between his subject and the reader.
This biography is probably the most professionally written one to date. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because the sources of the material show through in places though it would be ridiculous to expect a new biography to be stunningly different. Read it in days as it was brilliant, I loved it and Charles Cross really did his homework, its mad but after reading this book I admire Jimi even more.
Great great product. Top quality condition. Very in-depth biography of a musical genius that shined at his full brightness and whose flame was extinguished too soon. This book is very captivating. Although Jimi rose to stardom and received numerous accolades for being a distinguished guitar virtuoso, he suffered through the hardships of fame and fortune. In the end, his fans tore him apart and expected him to repeat the same old doggy tricks selfishly while Jimi strove to innovate and create richer more elaborate and sophisticated musical scores.
Everyone wanted a piece of him and in the end all that were threatened by his higher calling moved to discredit him for being promiscuous and by calling him a junkie.
He crafted his skills and perfected his style despite adversity and will never be forgotten for his avantgarde vision of the universality of music.
He conquered racism as best he could and won the hearts of millions. That is why today, he is as large a legend as Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. He may not have been the Demi-god that everyone expected and demanded but was certainly a god-send that changed music and the way we appreciate it for eternity. Although his mainstream c… read more. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely re… read more. Similar Artists Play all.
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I have often thought Jimi must have disliked having that stage turn and nothing being done about all the camera flashes, as though he was in the circus, and when the book got to that show, it confirmed my assumption. On a second occasion, with my same friend, we went to see what was billed as the "Festival for Peace" at Madison Square Garden, but fortunately this time, the stage was at the end of the floor and stationary.
Jimi played just a few songs, and I was utterly blown away with a smile ear to ear. Wish you were all there, as attempting to explain that experience is impossible to do with words.
After just a few songs, Jimi let his guitar fall to the floor and walked off stage. I never understood what the problem was, since he sounded amazing. The book touches on that show as well and provides insight.
As I began reading this book, I was a bit turned off by all the detail behind Jimi's family, and very young years, but this detail proved essential in having a proper context to understand much that followed, choices Jimi made, and revealed Jimi the person, not the star. This book is an excellent place to start, or finish, for that matter, for any one looking to read about Jimi.
So many people that knew Jimi particularly well, have been extremely generous to share such intimate details. This book pulls you in, bringing the past into the present leaving you feeling as though you were there, during each step of the journey.
The details in this book are just incredible. The time Jimi spent in England, personal relationships, friends, fans, fellow muscisians sharing stories. Jimi left us too early, but with a body of work that stands among the best ever recorded. To read this book is also to understand Jimi the person, full of sound, fury, and a huge heart with a tender soul.
Awesome job Mr. Thank you for writing this. Charles Cross does a wonderful job of capturing the complex life of Jimi Hendrix. After reading his book I come away with one thought that kept nagging at me and that was that Jimi Hendrix was decades ahead of his time. Anyone curious about the inner workings of Rock stars and all the touring that ends up draining their energy will not be disappointed in this book.
One of the most profound things I have ever read occurs On page where Jimi is quoted as saying one time I highly recommend this book to those like me who came of age in that wonderful time of the 60's and also to those younger who want to gain some insight into what makes a Rock n roll legend like Jimi Hendriks tick and whose life was snuffed out way too soon.
It points out another side to Hendrix Beautifully written. It points out another side to Hendrix that has given me more of an appreciation to this late great artist. Interesting account of the life of Jimi Hendrix.
Music journalist Charles Cross brings Hendrix to life in these pages, and you get a feel for what made him into one of the greatest guitarists of all time. I think people should read this even if they aren't huge fans of Jimi Hendrix. The book came in great condition and it was a pretty good biography. I had to read this book for class and it is quite large but pretty interesting. If you enjoy learning about rockstars you will enjoy this book.
Well researched. More than half of the people interviewed had never spoken about Jimi since his death. It takes the reader from his troubled home in Seattle's projects to his time at military school and from his attempts to make it big in New York City's Greenwich Village to his rise to fame as the leader of the psychedelic rock music style.
First Rays of the New Rising Sun is an attempt to recreate the studio album Hendrix was working on at the time of his death. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Top positive review. Reviewed in the United States on April 13, This book is very informative, well-written, and fun to read.
Jimi had a difficult upbringing and family life, but his natural talent, creativity, ambition and love of guitar allowed him to advance guitar technique to unsurpassed levels. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on April 11, This read like a rehash of rumors with a bunch of irrelevant early bio information added.
Very little sense of what Hendrix' music was about, or his place within the late 60s music scene. A lot of personal details from questionable sources, really. Cross does manage to offer some insight into Jimi's late compositions and how they related to his memories of his mother, but it almost seems like he arrives at it by accident.
If he'd started with that connection, he might have had an interesting angle to write a Hendrix biography. As it is, he's done little more than repeat what you can find in most bios. One person found this helpful. Sort by. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers.
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