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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 for ever 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.


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A moving insight into Jimi's headspace 9 novembre 2013
Par Diddles - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I have watched and read many books and documentaries about Jimi Hendrix. I have heard countless people offer their opinions and observations about him but, only by reading this book, did I get a sense of his internal life -- his unwavering devotion to music, his belief that music was a vehicle for social, political and spiritual change, his Electric Church. It's one thing to be told by a former girlfriend or band member that "Jimi was trying to change directions" but it's a far richer experience to stay with Jimi as he remained true to his vision in the face of pressures from his manager, record company and audiences. After reading it, small details stayed in my mind for days. If you want to get inside Jimi's head, then listen to his music and read this book.

As for cashing in -- an accusation posed by other reviewers -- Peter Neal's association with began in 1967 when he made the movie Experience. As with this film, I sense that the book too was a labor of love.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
"MY GOAL IS TO BE ONE WITH THE MUSIC" 5 novembre 2013
Par Stuart Jefferson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"Nowadays people don't want you to sing good. They want you to sing sloppy and have a good beat to your songs. That's what angle--I'm going to shoot for. That's where the money is." /// "It's a very primitive thought, you know. That's why I like us being called the Experience." /// "I would under no circumstances call my music psychedelic." /// "The idea of playing with my teeth came to me in a town in Tennessee. Down there you have to play with your teeth or else you get shot!" /// "I'm not here to destroy anything. You've still got The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons to hang on to." /// "I guess I could do without people." /// "I want to be the first man to write about the blues on Venus." /// "Now that is what the world is about. Having kids. Like planting flowers." /// "I like to watch the lightning." Jimi Hendrix--from the book.

Hendrix fans will have to make up their own minds concerning this book. Is it just another exploitative cash-in using Hendrix' name? Or is it a well meaning look at, "a poetic memoir" of his life "in his own words". The book is broken into chronological chapters--beginning with "Voodoo Child (November 1942-July 1962)", and ending with "Nine To The Universe (February 1970- September 1970)". Each chapter has a full page pen and ink drawing of Hendrix roughly connected with that chapter's time period. There's also different styles and sizes of fonts used throughout the book which adds visual interest. There's no Index. The book ranges from four "stars" (for me) because Hendrix' life story is so well known, to maybe five "stars" for the use of Hendrix' own words to tell his story for any fans who like this narrative format. The book "Hendrix On Hendrix", which collects many important interviews with Hendrix, comes to mind--but this book uses a narrative form to tell the story.

The various sources of Hendrix quotes come mainly from interviews, poems, song lyrics, diaries, and quotes from Hendrix on stage between songs. The book was edited into form by Peter Neal, a documentary film maker, who in 1967-68 made a short film on Hendrix. The book evolved from a new film about Hendrix that Neal and Alan Douglas were working on. Douglas will be remembered as the producer of several posthumous Hendrix albums which were controversial. Neal put the various sources into narrative form and "...occasionally combined sentences or changed grammar...to clarify the meaning." He also included brief notes of his own throughout to help continuity, and/or give essential background information for better clarity. The book begins very early in Hendrix' life and ends approximately four years (Neal says that Hendrix never gave a clear account of those last years) before his death.

The form of the book does give an extended look at Hendrix' life (including family, concerts, albums, songs, musicians, music, racism, people in general, etc.) using his own words. And while his life story is well known to fans, as far as I know, this is the first book on his life in Hendrix' own words taken from many different sources and collected into a memoir. And by combining these sources into narrative form, the reader gets not only a look inside Hendrix' life, but also (and maybe most importantly) a chance to experience his rhythmic word patterns and the imagery his words and phrases conjure up. Plus, as the book progresses the story changes from focusing primarily on Hendrix' life, into something closer to an inner journey about Hendrix himself ("...if I don't have anything to communicate through my music, then there is nothing for me to live for"), his music ("I want to be a part of a big new musical expansion."), and the future ("You have to die before they think you are worth anything. When I die, just keep playing the records.").

And perhaps it's that focus on Hendrix' "inner life" that is the real crux of this book. Fans have heard Hendrix allude and/or speak directly to his personal thoughts on different areas of his life and music before. But this book collects those thoughts from those relatively few years of his life, and places then in context and in juxtaposition to the "nuts and bolts" information of Hendrix' life. And it's these thoughts, ideas, and impressions--in Hendrix' own words--that give the reader a feeling of being much closer to Hendrix--at times as if he was chatting with you in unguarded moments, and with candor and sometimes humor.

Hendrix fans/collectors will probably want this book "by Hendrix". Those less familiar with his life will still want to read another one of the books on Hendrix' life and music. But in the end this book is an interesting look at Hendrix' life and his thoughts on a variety of subjects. And having all of it in his own words, placed in narrative form, adds a curious depth not found in other books which may use some of the same quotes in a sometimes different context. Give this book a more than cursory look and see if it does expose Hendrix from a slightly different angle. But I still get an uneasy exploitative feeling about this book, no matter how interesting it sometimes is. People will have to make up their own minds. "I like to consider myself timeless. After all, it's not how long you've been around or how old you are that matters. It's how many miles you've traveled." Jimi Hendrix.
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For every true Hendrix fan 26 février 2014
Par jr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If you're a Hendrix fan, and I am, you'll love this book. I've read numerous books about him, including lots of bios but this is one of the best. It isn't so much an autobiography. The writer was planning to film a documentary on Hendrix when he (Jimi) died. He sat it aside for years and decided to write a book,
A lot of this is from interviews, but where are you gonna find those interviews nowadays? Hendrix talks in depth about his childhood,his family, his early music career and the many people he worked with as well as his stint in the army and run ins with the law. There are copies of lots of postcards and letters to his father, from the time he left home until he died. Apparently, he was very close to his father and kept in touch, if only by mail.There are also a few Q & A type interviews that are pretty good (some are kinda funny). .
Hendrix was never into explaining his playing or his music too much. Perhaps because he couldn't. But who else can? As a fan of Hendrix for many years, I found this book enjoyable and informative. One small complaint is that there are no photos. Some excellent drawings but no photos. I've always liked pics of him playing live. That's not much to complain about though. Most celeb
bios these days are not much more than photos.
I'm sure I'll read it from time to time, like all good books, put it on the shelf and don't let it get away.
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typical Alan Douglas style of taking things out of context and massive editing 16 juillet 2014
Par </>< - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book was made mainly by the late Alan Douglas, yah the same guy who butchered Jimi's songs on 1975's "Crash Landing" and re-produced them on 1995's "Voodoo Soup".
I know Jimi Hendrix as being a massive fan since 1982 and as I read this book I could see where Jimi said something at one interview here and another there yet this book strings them as one sentence, even taken words spoken years apart and made into one sentence. This is horrible, sure you get a feel what Jimi was thinking by stringing together thoughts but people change and what he said in 1967 and in 1970 are on 2 different levels and to jam them together as one "new" and complete sentence is just silly and misleading! Or Jimi would talk on a certain subject say record making, he'd talk in a 1968 interview in Miami then they'd lift what he also said in a 1969 interview from New York. it's just rubbish to try to make a auto-biography like this! Its a fun read but take it as a grain of salt, MASSIVE editing together words and phrases and sentences to make up a dialog is a joke! Alan Douglas was a joke! He had NO respect for Jimi's material ever, not when it came to recordings as he made 2 albums and added in new players and background singers, he re-mixed competed songs for a new release in 1995, we all know that, the guy was a joke and this book was his last effort, it was supposed to go along with a movie too, Lord knows butchered that would have been!
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Must For Hendrix Fans 2 mai 2014
Par William Summers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
If you are a fan of Jimi Hendrix, then this is a great look at the man behind the music.
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