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The Jimi Hendrix legend has lived on longer than the man, who died in 1970 at the age of twenty-seven. More than thirty years later, what the world knows about him has become deeply distorted. Now Sharon Lawrence, a trusted friend of Jimi's in the final years of his astonishing life, has written a serious exploration of his life, death, and enduring legacy, based partly on the author's never-before-heard recorded interviews with the late musician.

Jimi Hendrix: The Man, The Magic, The Truth contains new and rare material about Hendrix, with major insights from sources who have previously kept their silence -- from childhood neighbors to rock stars and musicians, to music-industry insiders. This book corrects years of false information, reveals key truths, and supplies facts previously known to only a precious few. It also chronicles the years of mind-boggling legal battles over his estate and legacy.

This is the definitive account of Jimi Hendrix, the young man from a pathetic poverty-stricken childhood who invented himself into something rare and special, the man who radiated genius and a bold yet charming personality when he picked up a guitar. It revisits the glory of Hendrix's talent, giving new insight into his sensitive persona, imagination, musical standards, and far-reaching impact.

Iluminating, honest, and bracing, Jimi Hendrix will forever change how we view one of rock and roll's greatest icons.

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Sharon Lawrence started her career as a reporter for the United Press International's Los Angeles bureau. Her specialty was the entertainment beat, including film and pop music. After more than five years with UPI, she became a management, marketing, and PR consultant for such clients as MCA, Columbia, Apple, and Rocket Record Company, as well as for major movie studios. She has worked with numerous artists including Elton John, David Bowie, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lawrence is the author of So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star and Old Carmel in Rare Photographs. She lives in Los Angeles.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I had credibility problems with this book also 31 août 2005
Par EtruscanTuscan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Especially with her contention that Jimi committed suicide. Jimi's closest companions during the European tour - Mitch, Billy Cox, roadie Eric Barrett, etc contend that Jimi was in great spirits weeks before his death, especially with regards to Electric Lady Studios. Sure, he had all the hangers-on, financial, and manager crap, but he just didn't sound suicidal.

I liked hearing the more personal things, such as who Jimi's favorite actors were (Brando, James Dean), [...]
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 The Real Betrayal Of Jimi Hendrix 16 mai 2015
Par Ralph Yates - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book is a disinformation work from a media insider who was close to Jimi Hendrix. It is even possible Sharon Lawrence was placed on Jimi Hendrix by US Intelligence as they were known to do. In it Lawrence makes the absurd suggestion that Jimi took 9 sleeping pills as a sort of magic russian roulette that would decide his fate by either killing him or not.

Ms Lawrence is a curious creature who provides some very important witnessing in this book involving Monika Dannemann. The reason Ms Lawrence is a paradoxical entity is because she gives some very critical evidence in this book towards Jimi's murder in the form of confessions from Monika that she poured wine on Jimi. Because of Ms Lawrence's personal bent she failed to detect that Monika Dannemann was making a quick excuse for wine she knew was used to murder Jimi. Ms Lawrence exploits this confession for her disinformation purpose by trying to blame Monika. Meanwhile more credible researchers like myself realize that Sharon was friends with some other rock heavyweights who were involved but totally refrains from applying the same criticism she applies towards Monika to them. Persons like Eric Burdon, Gerry Stickells, Eric Barrett, Terry Slater, Alan Douglas, and others. So Sharon is definitely trying to scapegoat Monika as a patsy in order place blame on a dead person who can't defend themselves.

Sharon Lawrence is a notorious individual who violently attacks anyone who tries to confront her on what she wrote in this book about Jimi's death. She's arrogant and will not speak about it at the threat of legal action. And this coming from a person who is caustically critical, in this same book, of others not defending Jimi and betraying him. Even worse I think Sharon has a good idea that there's a lot more to Jimi's death than she revealed. What people have to realize, including Sharon, is that Jimi's murder is the central truth to his reality and that it will affect those who cover his life accordingly. Sharon makes the terrible mistake of thinking her attacking people by means of her Hendrix credentials will overcome this. In the end, when the truth comes out, Sharon will be made to heel to it and it won't be merciful to the real betrayers who are not whom they currently seem to be.

Here is the "Publisher's Weekly" blurb on this book:

{ But bound by bad deals he signed without counsel, under an intense media glare, exhausted by the road, busted for possession and trapped in a downward spiral of drugs, lawsuits and paranoia, Hendrix burned out. The year before his death, Lawrence writes, she watched Hendrix become a "Shakespearean protagonist... while a growing brood of greedy villains circled like vultures." On September 18, 1970, Hendrix overdosed on pills, which Lawrence believes was a deliberate act to "confront fate." }

It was written by the British corporation Reed Elsilver, which is also a Dutch concern. It is important to note that media cohorts Reed Elsilver take Ms Lawrence's interpretation and further it by suggesting Jimi's problems were due to paranoia and being burned out. And that he killed himself by means of Lawrence's version of suicide in reaction. Very convenient for a British firm in whose jurisdiction Jimi was murdered and covered-up. This is a perfect example of what is wrong with Sharon's book and the offense it commits. And Sharon, the woman who accuses others of betraying Jimi, will not be rushing back to correct it. It is a perfect example of Intel's use of the media for murderous disinformation and psy-warfare against their targets. And it's incredible that most Hendrix fans are so ignorant that they don't even notice.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done Sharon 17 octobre 2006
Par Dr. Steven Maddox - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
At last !...a book about Jimi by someone who knew him, cared about him and understood his music. I have been a Hendrix fan for many years and have read just about everything there is to read about Jimi and I still learned a few new things...but more importantly this isn't a book obsessed with nerdish facts and figures (and in fact sometimes the facts are slightly out)...but it is a book about Jimi and what he was all about-and shockingly about the horrific exploitation of the man during his life and particularly after he died.

I note that some other reviewers have criticised Sharon's view on Jimi's death, but from everything I have read, heard about and spoke to people (who know) about, I think she may be pretty close to the truth. It isn't true that Jimi was in 'good spirits' in the final weeks before his death (as one reviewer wrote)...you only have to read the late Tony Brown's detailed and well researched book on Jimi's final weeks to understand that Jimi was in poor health and his mental state was not good. This of course doesn't necessarily mean that he committed suicide, but I don't think Sharon actually says that he committed suicide...although I am pretty sure he took a large number of sleeping pills to 'escape' from all the hassles and pressures and the upcoming legal hassles with PPX (Chalpin) and a potential wrangling with Michael Jeffery over his future and management.

Sharon is also 100% correct about Monika Danneman who lied for many years about the fateful morning of 18.09.70. It does really appear that she failed to properly help/assist Jimi when he was dying (the large number of sleeping pills probably effectively disabled his coughing reflex and as he was probably lying on his back in bed he choked). If Danneman was awake, she could have laid Jimi on his side in a recovery position (she had lied over the years that she had accompanied Jimi in an ambulance and the ambulance men had failed to lie Jimi in a recovery position)...and there is the mystery of the large quantities of red wine which were all over Jimi and the bed (but there was very little alcohol in his bloodstream)..the inference being that the wine had been pured down his throat/over him as he was dying or after he had died. Given that it is assumed that only Danneman was in the flat with him that morning-she must have poured the wine down Jimi's throat. Why she did this we may never know, but as suggested in Sharon's book, maybe Danneman in some weird misguided way thought this might help clear Jimi's airways. It is unlikely that Danneman murdered Jimi, but she clearly didn't help him adequately and this may explain the nonsense that she spoke and published over the years. Tony Brown's book also confirmed (via interviews with ambulance men and police men) that Danneman was not at the flat when they arrived and Jimi's body was lying in a ghastly state on the bed alone. Danneman killed herself a few years ago when she was 'rumbled' by Cathy Etchingham and Tony Brown and apparently Sharon Lawrence....and I think the final straw was the law suit she lost to Etchingham. Danneman had I think been dating Uli Jon Roth (ex Scorpions guitarist and Hendrix devotee) for a number of years and Uli described her as one of the sweetest people he had ever met, so there is always another side of the story.....and whatever happened that morning it is still sad to see someone take their own life. Monika was of course not the only ex-girlfriend to apparently commit suicide...Devon Wilson jumped off the Chelsea Hotel in the early 70's...although the conspiracy theorists think she was pushed....most likely she was just stoned and depressed.

Anyway, the circumstances of Jimi's death is only a small part of Ms Lawrence's book, and although I enjoyed her accounts of the 60's and meetings with Jimi and the band, the best part of the book is her clear and perceptive account of what Jimi mean't to music and what music mean't to Jimi and his real legacy of influence and inspiration....rather than the tacky legacy of the various subsequent controllers of his legal musical legacy. I've always disliked the 'snakes' and cockroaches' who exploited Jimi in life and death and Sharon has managed in this book to name and shame most of them; starting with Chalpin and Curtis Knight and routing through Mike Jeffery, Branton, Douglas and most recently Janie 'Hendrix' and Bob Hendrix. She rightly identifies Jimi's allies in life and death and unfortunately this is not a story about the good guys triumphing-with Noel Redding dying relatively young and quite impoverished, Chas Chandler dying relatively young, and Leon Hendrix and a lot of the true blood family and relatives not recieving a penny after Al Hendrix died. The only bad guy to get his come uppance was Jeffery who died in a plane crash in 1973. Let's just hope that the horrific 'Janie' Hendrix and 'cousin' Bob eventually lose control of Experience Hendrix and the blood family get some benefits from Jimi's legacy. It is also time that Jimi's children are finally recognised - and although 'Little Swedish Jimi' has received a settlement, Tamara born to Diane Carpenter has not.

In summary a beautiful book that really gets to the heart of the truth about the Hendrix legend - buy it !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thank you, Ms. Lawrence 25 février 2005
Par Debbie Salter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I too have read many biographies of Jimi Hendrix. But when I saw this one was being published I felt that I had to read it because many of the other biographies about Jimi were penned by individuals who were too involved in Jimi's business (either while he was alive and after his death). For instance John McDermott's (with Eddie Kramer) biography is very interesting but may be somewhat suspect as Mr. McDermott is now an employee of Experience Hendrix.

But I have to say thank you to Ms. Lawrence both for her touching and poignant biography but also for being Jimi's friend when he did indeed desperately need a friend who was not interested in his business and who wanted nothing from him but his friendship. And from Ms. Lawrence's book, it is apparent she cherished Jimi and their friendship. So I have to thank her for sharing this part of her life with Jimi's fans. She portrays Jimi as a very polite, very giving, and very unassuming person...someone who did not think of himself as a genius, even though now it is apparent that he was. All Jimi wanted was to make music, the way he wanted to make it, no matter the cost and apparently it cost him his life. It is very tragic that Jimi did not have better management who actually cared about him and his talent, as it is apparent that Michael Jeffrey only cared about Michael Jeffrey and only cared about Jimi as long as he was making money for him. Unfortunately, as Ms. Lawrence points out, Jimi has not fared much better after his death. His image and his music are still being exploited so that persons who claim to be his family can make money and live off of his great legacy.

All I can say is that we miss you Jimi, and wish you were still around making "truth and emotion" as you called it. Unfortunately you are not, and that is a tragedy for the entire world and for those of us loved your music 35 years ago and still love it to this day.

If you are a Jimi Hendrix fan, you will definitely enjoy Ms. Lawrence's book. I recommend it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating! 2 juin 2005
Par Greatwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Truly a fascinating read and one of the best rock biographies I have ever read! Kudos to Sharon Lawrence for a very insightful and in depth book about Hendrix the person..You can almost imagine the conversations between the author and Hendrix..Quite a revealing side to a legendary rock icon!!

It's quite eye opening how Hendrix's music has generated so much income after his death..it's kind of like Elvis..these artists continue to make tons of money even though they died years ago...This book gives you quite a bit insight into the meanderings of the music business and the power struggle among those who chose to exploit the Hendrix "money making machine"..It's sad but quite revealing!

Jimi was a star that flashed brilliantly..whose legacy continues to inspire new generations! One somewhat wonders where he would be now if he had lived...he died so young at 27..

I highly recommend this book! It is very well written and gives you quite a revealing look at Hendrix the person as opposed to Hendrix the "guitar GOD"..It's a fascinating read!
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