Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

I've been reading books about Jimi Hendrix. I finished "Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius" written by Steve Roby and Brad Schreiber. Although I found a really confusing typo on page one, I found the book to be mostly informative and very readable.

And I just finished reading "Jimi Hendrix, a Brother's Story" written by Leon Hendrix, Jimi's younger brother. This book contains astonishing details of the childhood of Leon and Jimi, known to the family as Buster throughout his life.

I recommend both these books to anyone interested in learning more about the surprising life and mysterious death of this talented, shy, conflicted young man, one of the most talented musicians ever.

Jimi Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle Washington on November 27, 1942.  His name was later changed to James Marshall Hendrix by his father. 

He died on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

Here's one of my favorite Hendrix songs, The Wind Cries Mary.

And another favorite, All Along the Watchtower.


Smoky said...

Tomorrow is the anniversary of his death 42 years ago. He'd be 71 if he were still alive! Unbelievable. I remember when he died. I remember when all of them died. So sad.

Ramey Channell said...

There are just no words to adequately assess our loss.

L. E. Harvey said...

Hi Ramey! I'm Lauren, another VHP author. I LOVE Jimi Hendrix, so thank you so much for the book recommendations.

His death is a tremendous loss to our culture. May we all appreciate his music and his life!

Thank you again! :)

Ramey Channell said...

Hi Lauren. Thanks for stopping in at The Painted Possum! So glad to meet you here. As we learn more about Jimi Hendrix, we can only be more in awe.