Hendrix: The lllustrated Story

HENDRIX                                                         GILLIAN G. GAAR

Coinciding with what would have been Jimi Hendrix's 75th year on this mortal coil, this (incredibly) is the first full-blown illustrated gift book exploring the life and career of the man most consider the greatest rock guitarist of all time.

Hendrix enjoyed the international limelight for less than four years, but his innovative and imaginative interpretations of blues and rock continue to inspire guitarists and music lovers across ages and genre.

Inside, Seattle-based music journalist Gillian Gaar examines the guitarist’s upbringing, his service as an Army paratrooper, his role as a sideman on the chitlin’ circuit, his exile in the UK, and his eventual reemergence in the US and the fame that followed until his untimely death in 1970.

Featuring design as lavish as Hendrix’s music and carefully curated photography, posters, picture sleeves, and other assorted memorabilia, this is the ultimate Hendrix book experience.  


I found this to be a very informative book about Jimi Hendrix life. From his early childhood, through his time in the service and then into the music business. You totally get the behind the scenes of just how it is a business. His early beginnings playing back up and being fired, from one band to another. I did not know that his first producer was one of the former members of the group “Animals”. I did know about the Isley Brothers, but not all of the other bands which he did get credit for of course until after he died, and then some of those groups would put together bad music just to have his name. When I first heard him I was ten, and I had to sneak the record from my mother. I listened to it with my headphones knowing my parents would not like the music or album cover. I did not even let my younger sisters know I had his music for fear they would tell my parents. I still have all of those albums plus more, and I remember hearing as a kid his rendition of the star spangled banner and still being blown away by it today. Buying the 45, yes 45 from soda bottles even my friends didn’t get his music. This book puts it all together. You have drummer Buddy Miles who is a great rock and funk drummer who played drums and cox. You find out that his records at first sold more in the U.K. than over here and even his shows had more people over there as well. The author takes you through his drug problem and women that lead up to his death. Then the last part goes into all of the legal happenings after he passed and went on for many years. I found this to be a very good book and worth the read. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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