Steven Roby previously worked for the family of Jimi Hendrix and was editor and publisher of the international Hendrix fanzine, Straight Ahead. He lives in San Rafael, California.
Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrixby Steven Roby
Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix is the first comprehensive biography to authenticate the lost sessions, previously unknown recorded collaborations, and rare film/video documents of one of the most innovative and influential rock guitarists in music history. Hendrix’s life is celebrated through exclusive interviews with people who knew/b>… See more details below
Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix is the first comprehensive biography to authenticate the lost sessions, previously unknown recorded collaborations, and rare film/video documents of one of the most innovative and influential rock guitarists in music history. Hendrix’s life is celebrated through exclusive interviews with people who knew him well, including his father, Al Hendrix, musicians Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, his lover and close companion Kathy Etchingham, and many others.
Author Steven Roby sifts through a wealth of unreleased and commercially unavailable studio, live, and home recordings to chronicle every stage of Jimi Hendrix’s legendary career. In each instance, he tells the reader whether the event was documented and if it is available. In several tragic instances, the recordings are lost forever.
Black Gold is the first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of Hendrix’s unfinished album, First Ray of the New Rising Sun. Three attempts have been made so far to “finish” it, and the author explains why none have succeeded. The book also explores Hendrix’s journeys into jazz with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk; his excursions into blues with B. B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy; and his backing of early rap pioneers The Last Poets.
Black Gold features a foreword by Noel Redding, Hendrix’s bass player from 1966 to 1969, as well as 45 photos, including several rare and never-before-published shots.
• Rolling Stone magazine selected Jimi Hendrix as one of the 10 most influential artists and songwriters of the 20th century
• Although Hendrix has been dead for over 30 years, sales of his music are greater than ever, with 3 to 4 million of his official recordings sold worldwide each year
• The book contains previously unpublished information on hundreds of obscure Hendrix performances and lost tapes
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This book is the best biography I have ever read, it gives in depth factual information about the life and times of Jimi Hendrix, all the way from his birth, and how his mom left him to the chiltlen circuit, to how he died and the tapes he gave to a friend discovered after he died. Steven Robby interviewed many musicians Hendrix use to either play or record with, and has unearthed a lot about Hendrix, that the ordinary musician doesn¿t know. Whether you¿re a musician or just a music enthusiast must read this book; I have learned more from this book then any textbook I have ever read.
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read in my life! It explains the whole life of the amazing, Jimi Hendrix. From his rough childhood, all the way to his rich stardome. READ THIS BOOK! NOW!
Roby holds the credentials as a bona fide Hendrix historian. He's had the chance to interview key people Eric Burdon, Arthur Lee, Al Hendrix and many others. From these interviews, Roby has been able to unearth some fascinating material. Those facts make this book esential in any Hendrix library.
Roby's a true session slueth! He's uncovered many of Hendrix's previously unknown recordings. A valuable addition.
While this trade paperback does compile the most significant events from Hendrix's life and career, it unique strength is in documenting for the first time recorded collaborations, lost sessions and rare films and videos, along with many rare and previously unpublished photos. Black Gold startles the reader, for it is tribute to the man who not only revolutionized popular music and whose influence is unabated, but whose driving need to grow led him to play with many diverse artists.