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Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix [Format Kindle]

Steven Roby

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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from European papers, the African American press, counterculture newspapers, radio and TV interviews, and previously unpublished court transcripts, this book gives music fans the next best thing to a Hendrix autobiography.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 386 pages
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  • Editeur : Chicago Review Press; Édition : 1 (1 octobre 2012)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "I PLAY IT BY EAR MAN". JIMI HENDRIX 7 novembre 2012
Par Stuart Jefferson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
"I always like to take people on trips. That's why music is magic. I'm workin' on music to be completely, utterly a magic science, where it's all pure positive. I am a Cuban, man. I am from Mars. I don't want to be a clown anymore. And with the music we will paint pictures of earth and space, so that the listener can be taken somewhere." Jimi Hendrix from various interviews in the book.

For fans of Jimi Hendrix, this book is pretty indispensable. The editor, Steven Roby, has written two of the very best books on both Hendrix ("Becoming Jimi Hendrix"), and his music ("Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix"), that every fan should own. And the chance to have a number of telling interviews all in one book, by a respected writer/researcher, which few people (apparently) know about is a mystery. I'm a bit surprised that more attention hasn't been paid to this book.

This book lays out, in chronological order, articles and (mostly) interviews about and with Hendrix, all from both well known and lesser known magazines, and radio interviews. Beginning in Dec. of 1966, with a piece from "Record Mirror", ("Mr. Phenomenon"), all the way to Oct. 1970 ("The Last Interview"), also from "Record Mirror". In between are interviews that cover just about everything that people wanted to know about Hendrix and his music during this period. Hendrix talks about his beginnings, his years on the "Chitlin' Circuit", his guitars, his sound (s), touring, song writing, recording, music in general, his performance style, money, fame, and just about all areas of his life and music.

"I am just a man like everybody else, Alexander The Great or Napoleon." Jimi Hendrix.

An additional plus is that the articles/interviews (especially the very early ones) have a real feel for the era-from critics initial puzzlement over Hendrix himself ("who is this wild looking man with the loud guitar and all the antics?"), to what style of music he plays, to the sometimes innocent questions posed by interviewers. But alongside the innocent questions like this one from 1968, "How come you got caught up in the hippie scene?", there's also probing questions (from 1967) like, "How does the Experience get such fusion when you're basically a bluesman, Noel's a rock man, and Mitch a jazzman?". The feel of the era, from (largely) the various interviewers questions, along with some of Hendrix's answers, keeps these pieces from becoming a one after another, by rote, dry set of interviews.

"I am the bus driver, and you are my passengers." Jimi Hendrix.

The book includes a Preface, Acknowledgments, an Introduction, an Epilogue, quotes from Hendrix from various sources (four pages but pretty cool), an eleven page interview with Eric Burdon on Hendrix, and an Index. There's also a several b&w photographs throughout the book-but more would've been a nice addition. In some respects this book's approach and layout is based on another good book, "Coltrane On Coltrane", edited by Chris DeVito. The Coltrane book contains many good pieces on Coltrane, which fans of his music shouldn't be without.

With all the countless articles written about Hendrix after his death-both by people who knew him and people who only knew of him, along with biographies of the man, it's nice (and very satisfying) to read a collection of period, question and answer interviews and articles during the period when his music was so groundbreaking and exciting. There's no "what if's?", no suppositions, just straight questions and observations from writers who were there, and the (sometimes) straight answers from the only person who's really qualified to answer-Jimi Hendrix. Roby has put together a good collection of important pieces on Hendrix that shines a direct light on the person and his unique (to say the least) gift-his genius on the guitar, and that whole exciting period. This book can sit alongside Roby's other books on Hendrix, and every fan of Jimi Hendrix should have this in their library.

"I will not be around on this planet anymore, unless I have a wife and children, otherwise I have got nothing to live for." Jimi Hendrix.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "You'll always have cats to stand up there and sing you pretty songs." 18 octobre 2012
Par thewritersjourney - Publié sur Amazon.com
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We all know Jimi Hendrix as a legendary guitar player: a revolutionary, innovative musician whose creativity has not been matched in the four decades since his untimely death. What we fail to realize, however, is that the icon was not seen in such a universally positive light during his lifetime. Often erratic and moody during his interviews, portrayed at times as a flake by reporters, Hendrix's place in history was debatable in the 1960s.

In Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix, edited by Steven Roby, fans are presented with interviews and articles from both major publications such as Rolling Stone and Melody Maker as well as lesser-known newspapers like Atlanta's Great Speckled Bird and Queens University's The Gown. There are also transcriptions from Jimi's appearances on The Dick Cavett Show, The Tonight Show, and local radio interviews.

The book is highly entertaining, shedding light on Jimi's career through his own eyes, his plans for the future, and even his chilling proclamation, "I am not sure I will live to be 28 years old," just weeks before his demise. Other books about Jimi attempt to put him up on a pedestal; Hendrix on Hendrix simply puts his own words on the page.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enticing new volume of Hendrix interviews 7 mars 2013
Par Black Grooves - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Steven Roby, noted Hendrix historian and author of Becoming Jimi Hendrix (2010) and Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix (2002), now entices fans with a new volume that “assembles the most important Hendrix interviews” from print, radio and TV sources, even previously unpublished court transcripts. Over 50 interviews are included and presented in chronological order, beginning in December 1966 and concluding with “The Last Hendrix Interview” conducted in London on September 11, 1970 (a week prior to his death), by Keith Altham from the Record Mirror.

While many of these interviews, particularly those from mainstream U.S. publications, have been readily available, Roby has translated reviews from the foreign press, transcribed BBC radio interviews, and dug through counter culture newspapers in order to deliver the most significant extant sources. As editor, he also provides context for each interview, weaving together a story line that’s especially helpful for readers not as familiar with the arc of Hendrix’s career.

Roby concludes the book with a compilation of quotes by and about Hendrix, followed by an appendix with an extensive 1995 interview he conducted with Eric Burdon, who first “crossed paths with Hendrix in 1965” while Hendrix was touring with Little Richard. Burdon reminisces about Hendrix’s “psychedelic sacrifices,” their final jam session together, and events directly before and after Hendrix’ death.

For Hendrix fans as well as those studying 1960s rock music, race relations, drugs and the counter culture, this new book ties together many different threads. But most of all, Roby attempts to let Hendrix tell the story in his own words—“what was on the man’s mind and what he had to endure as one of the highest-paid rock acts of the late 1960s.” And what ultimately led to his death.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent reading 9 janvier 2013
Par Michael Kosan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Most interviews are already common knowledge; but seeing them in print is awesome, especially the Dick Cavett interview! Thank you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bittersweet Symphony 13 février 2013
Par D. West - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In "Hendrix on Hendrix" Steve Roby has captured a wonderful collection of Jimi's own words, whether from print articles, recorded interviews, or the rare TV appearance. These are laid out in chronological order which helps to give insight into what life on the road was like for Jimi. Sadly, he often remarks at how tired he was at a given time; this was partially due to poorly orchestrated touring schedules that had Jimi traveling nearly haphazardly across the US and Europe. Noel Redding once told me, "....they could have been better planned."

Jimi's humor and grace shine through in his words, along with his own personal frustrations. Amazing to think he once stated, "....I can't really play the guitar that well..." when he has become the standard against which all others are measured.

Any fan of Jimi Hendrix, whether hard core or casual, should read this book. Jimi's own words give us insight into more than just the captivating musician we see on stage; it is just sad there are no more words than that.....
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