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Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Highly recommended

    What I especially love about this story of the young Jimi Hendrix, is that it gives young people a glimpse into the creative process of a budding young artist, something they don't get to see or hear about very often. When I've read this book to the kids I work with, they express surprise when they discover that the greatest electric guitarist of all time didn't become that overnight. I often have to pull teeth to get some kids talking .about anything. It's so not cool. However, their response to this book was quite vocal and it has launched discussions about what it takes to be really good at anything. And, they're hungry to talk about this because they desperately want to feel competent, good at something; all kids do. This book has given us the opportunity to explore such concepts as: perseverance, curiosity, playfulness, practice, and above all else, how we learn from our failures, as Jimi learned from his first failed performance on stage. The subject of Jimi Hendrix's drug addiction which the author notes towards the end of the book, has been another topic that has provoked a great deal of discussion. They had surprising and poignant things to say about it. As a clinical social worker and a performing artist, I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to find a way into the hearts of our young people. Note: the kids I work with and who responded well to this book ranged in age from 8-13.

    Suzanne Costallos, LCSW

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