Author(s): STEVEN ROBY
Though many books have chronicled Jimi Hendrix's brilliant but tragically brief musical career, this is the first to use his own words to paint a detailed portrait of the man behind the guitar. With selections carefully chosen by one of the world's leading Jimi Hendrix historians, this work includes the most important interviews from the peak of his career, 1966 to 1970. In this authoritative volume, Hendrix recalls for reporters his heartbreaking childhood, his concept of "Electric Church Music" (intended to wash people's souls and give them a new direction), and his wish to be remembered as not just another guitar player. While Hendrix never wrote a memoir, with new transcriptions from European papers, the African American press, counterculture newspapers, radio and TV interviews, and previously unpublished court transcripts, this book gives music fans the next best thing to a Hendrix autobiography.
."..This beautifully edited and annotated collection provides abundant insights into the heart and mind of one of the 20th century's most influential artists. Jimi's story has been told ad nauseam, but often the hype overshadows the human, and the legend subsumes the man. Here we have Hendrix in his own words, with all of his confusion, contradiction, vulnerability, beauty, and brilliance intact." --"Guitar Player"
Steven Roby is a respected Jimi Hendrix historian-archivist and the author of "Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix "and "Becoming Jimi Hendrix." He was the editor and publisher of "Straight Ahead: The International Jimi Hendrix Fanzine" (1989-1996) and the editor of the Hendrix family's authorized fanzine, "Experience Hendrix." He has also written feature articles and reviews for "Guitar World" and "Goldmine."