PERFORMING ARTS

Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix

. October 2012. 304p. 978-1-61374-322-5. 24.95.
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Here Roby (coauthor, Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius) has compiled over 50 interviews Hendrix gave between 1966 and 1970 in which the iconic guitarist’s story is told primarily through his own words. Using interviews from newspapers, magazines, underground publications, and transcripts from radio and television programs, Hendrix speaks here about himself, his history and musical roots, and his place within the culture of the 1960s. Hendrix is, by turns, philosophical, psychedelic, and deeply thoughtful in many of his comments, as well as aware of his own image as portrayed to the world. Roby presents the interviews chronologically with short contextual and historical introductions to the pieces, and the subjects covered range from the philosophical, cultural, and political to the specifics of recording, concerts, and technical aspects of guitar playing and songwriting.
VERDICT This is a valuable and informative book for Hendrix and music fans. A great compendium of primary material on the musical culture of the late 1960s.

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