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|Guitar god Jimi Hendrix is
the hook for his dad's story. But the rock-star portion of Jimi's
life doesn't crop up until page 136, and before then, Dad's life in the
Pacific Northwest is its focus. James A. "Al" Hendrix
experienced incredible personal upheaval, casual but pervasive racism,
and the economic challenges that upheaval and racism only intensify. Yet
he persevered as a committed single father. He first heard the Jimi
Hendrix Experience when the "hippies who lived next door"
played Are You Experienced? loud enough to penetrate his walls.
He was surprised to recognize his son's voice because "I'd never
heard him sing before," but then, Jimi surprised a lot of people
with that album. Folksy, uninhibited, highly readable, Al's book fleshes
out the Jimi Hendrix story as it grittily portrays a strong African
American father. Al now chairs the company that manages rights to Jimi's
music, image, and licensing. He misses his son, but "when I hear
Jimi's music today, it makes me feel good." Legions of rock fans
agree on both counts. Mike Tribby
Copyrightę 1999, American Library Association. All rights reserved
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|The author, Mitch Mitchell was in a unique position to provide a sense of Hendrix as an artist. His interplay with Hendrix as a drummer was like that of the jazz greats ie. Charlie Parker/Max Roach. Lots of
description of the London music scene in the explosive sixties along with the movers and shakers who made it happen. The book's visuals were great with lots of unseen and hard to find
pictures of the group, posters and other goodies. The author's mod image was so cool!
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|Two 1966 live recordings from Paris--from the Experience's fourth performance--show just how early on the magic was evident, while two previously unreleased instrumentals from the Are You Experienced sessions of April 1967 show just how aware Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell were of their chemistry.
Two songs from the landmark June Monterey Pop performance--including his unique take on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," round out disc one. Disc two finds Hendrix warming to the possibilities of the recording studio, especially once he took over for Chas Chandler at the production helm. Among the highlights are a deeply grooving demo of "Somewhere" from spring 1968,
with some particularly supple guitar leads, and the haunting slow blues "It's Too Bad" spurred by jazz organist Larry Young and drummer Buddy Miles (eight months before the creation of the Band of Gypsies). Disc three begins with an updated and more dynamic 1969 version of "Stone Free," his first composition, but mostly displays Hendrix's guitar work at its most
ferocious and freewheeling. Standouts include unreleased studio takes of "Hear My Train A-Comin'" and "Room Full of Mirrors" (the latter from Billy Cox's first session with Hendrix, heard here in take number 31), plus incredible concert forays into "Red House" and "Voodoo Chile" that were originally released on the posthumous (but powerful) Hendrix in the West.
The final disc is in many ways the most interesting, as Hendrix's fusion of rock, jazz, blues, and funk was becoming increasingly luminous. Whereas Hendrix used to use the studio to put finishing touches on mostly formed compositions, by 1970 he was using his free-form studio jams as a wellspring for material. Heard here for the first time, "Cherokee Mist"
(with Cox and Mitchell behind him) is a mesmerizing spontaneous creation and "Come Down Hard on Me" is a funky monster. Disc four also adds two more cuts from Hendrix in the West, including his spirited run through "Johnny B. Goode."
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