Starting at zero

by Hendrix, Jimi,

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML410.H476 A3 2013x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML410.H476 A3 2013x

It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst musical giants. But what of the man behind the public image? Modest and intensely private by nature, Jimi was shrouded in intrigue from the moment he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time.

Much has been written about him by experts, fans, and critics, some of it true and some of it not. He did, however, leave his own account of himself, locked away like a Chinese puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries, and even stage raps. Starting at Zero brings all these elements together in narrative form. The result is an intimate, funny, and poetic memoir-one that tells, for the first time, Jimi's own story as only he could tell it.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hendrix's revolutionary music remains potent and compelling more than four decades after his early death, and new material continues to surface, adding dimension to his profound legacy. Documentary filmmaker Neal and record producer Douglas have astutely and seamlessly assembled Hendrix's long-scattered writings into a confiding, funny, and wrenching memoir of a life lived on the edge and passionately devoted to music and freedom. Here is Hendrix unmediated in his caustic wit, anger over prejudice, and belief in the freeing power of the imagination. Hendrix remembers his lonely Seattle childhood and his Indian grandmother's ­poverty-stricken reservation. He hated school, the army, and as a self-taught, hungry, itinerant sideman, the militaristic rule of Little Richard. To his amazement, he found liberation in England. In thoughtful and expressive letters, lyrics, interviews, and reflections, Hendrix illuminates his dreams, love of science fiction and fairy tales, the stories behind his songs and now-legendary performances, and the surreal highs and lows of touring and stardom. Always ahead of the curve, Hendrix wryly pondered death: When I die, just keep on playing the records.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jimi Hendrix's friend and producer Douglas and filmmaker Neal assemble a remarkable new memoir drawing from the musician's late public remarks, letters, and private writings. Intervening bits of explanation by the editors help effectively weave Hendrix's excerpts into a story that traces the iconic musician's life from childhood, to early struggles to make a living as a sideman, to his creative breakthroughs and worldwide fame with the Experience including his future musical ambitions that for obvious reasons went unrealized. It is a short book about a short life that ended long before its author, who died at age 27, had a chance to reflect on events with the benefit of hindsight. As a result, the reading experience feels intimate and immediate, written and spoken by a thoughtful and articulate artist. We see his thoughts during times of feast, famine, and fame-frozen at the original moment, and becoming palpably more abstract and ethereal as drug use took a larger and larger role in his life. This is an essential primary source for any devoted Hendrix fan, but will also appeal to those with a more casual interest. Color illus. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Hendrix, Jimi.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury,2013
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors Neal, Peter, 1942- editor.
Douglas, Alan, 1931-2014, editor.
Language English
Description v, 256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781620403310 (hardcover)
1620403315 (hardcover)
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