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Publisher's Summary

For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had. 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
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 02-04-10

Great Book - Interesting and Sad Story

Mr. Cross has done a great job of telling the story of Jimi's life. He avoids glamorizing Jimi's life and is honest about his shortcomings and those of his family.

The hardships Jimi went through in his youth, both those outside of his control and those he brought on himself, were unbelievable. Given what he went through, it's amazing that he accomplished what he did.

The story of Jimi's meteoric rise to fame in London is truly fascinating. I also didn't know that Jimi had played for Little Richard and the Isley brothers before breaking out on his own.

The stories of the recording of "Are You Experienced" and Jimi's follow-up albums was fantastic. The story of how "The Wind Cries Mary" was taught to the band and recorded in 20 minutes (with overdubbed guitar solo as well) was truly remarkable.

On the darker side, the substance abuse that is detailed in this book also makes your head spin. Given the things noted in this book, it's amazing Jimi lived as long as he did.

This seems to be a well-researched, balanced look at Jimi's life. The author also does a good job separating fact from fiction (especially in Jimi's death), while at the same time acknowledging when there is not enough evidence to do so.

Nicely done! I learned a LOT about Jimi's life and short time in the spotlight.

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5 out of 5 stars
By shaheed on 08-01-10

Bravo!!!!! Must buy

This author has much to be proud of. He was objective and in depth in his story telling.As a black man, I am guilty of dismissing Hendrix as being "not black enough" because he played rock and not the more popular African American genres of music. I was in error! Hendrix was a wonderful spirit! Thank You to the parties that contributed to this book. I listened to the entire book in a week. I was moved. A+++++++.

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