Chronicle Chroma. Nov. 2022. 300p. ISBN 9781797220017. $50. MUSIC
Published to coincide with the 80th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s birth, Nov. 27, 1942, it’s lamentable to think of all that he might have created had he not passed away at age 27 in 1970. Still, in the four years of his mainstream success, he produced a remarkable legacy and remains unsurpassed as a virtuoso. To Rolling Stone magazine (and many of his peers), Hendrix was nothing less than the greatest guitar player of all time, and his music seems as vibrant today as it did 50 years ago. Such a vivid, aural landscape deserves a well-illustrated tribute. Jimi’s sister Janie and McDermott, producer and catalog director of Experience Hendrix LLC, have greatly expanded their 2007 Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience with this collection of concert stills, posters, setlists, memorabilia, and family photos. Although biographies such as Philip Norman’s excellent Wild Thing (LJ, 7/1/20) delve deeper into Hendrix’s personal and professional relationships and struggles, this book serves as a visually captivating companion piece. Sprinkled throughout are quotations from family, friends, and fellow musicians that remind readers of the vast reach and influence of this remarkable artist.
VERDICT Legions of Jimi Hendrix fans will enjoy this lushly illustrated tribute. Recommended for all popular-music collections.
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