Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the Post-War Rock 'n' Roll Revolution

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Called by "Entertainment Weekly" "The best book on Hendrix", "Crosstown Traffic" rode their A-list for over two months and won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Roots-savvy British critic Charles Shaar Murray assesses the lifework of guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the context of black musical tradition, social history, and the upheaval of the 1960s.

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Overview

Called by "Entertainment Weekly" "The best book on Hendrix", "Crosstown Traffic" rode their A-list for over two months and won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Roots-savvy British critic Charles Shaar Murray assesses the lifework of guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the context of black musical tradition, social history, and the upheaval of the 1960s.

Called by Entertainment Weekly "The best book on Hendrix, " Crosstown Traffic rode their A-list for over two months and won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Roots-savvy British critic Charles Shaar Murray assesses the lifework of guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the context of black musical tradition, social history, and the upheaval of the 1960s. 8 pages of photographs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312063245
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,349,616
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Shaar Murray won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award for Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the Postwar Rock ā€™nā€™ Roll Revolution. He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: The English and American Combined Anthem 1
1 The We Decade 11
2 Highway Chile 34
3 I'm a Man (At Least I'm Trying to Be) 58
4 Room Full of Mirrors 78
5 Never to Grow Old 106
6 Blue are the Life-giving Waters Taken for Granted 129
7 With the Power of Soul ... Anything is Possible 153
8 Hear My 'Trane A-comin' 182
Coda: The English and American Combined Anthem (Slight Return) 207
Appendix Music, Sweet Music, Drips from My Fender's Fingers 209
Discography 218
Jimi Hendrix on Video 232
Bibliography 235
Index 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    The Legend Jimi Hendrix

    CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC Every time I hear the name Jimi Hendrix I think of that awesome riff in the beginning of Voodoo Child along with psychedelic clothes and LSD. In the book Crosstown Traffic the author Charles Shaar Murray paints a perfect picture of these sense in your mind. Murray not only tells you about Hendrix¿s life but he also tells you about the 60¿s era and all the struggles Hendrix faces as an up and coming rock star. You will also learn how Jimi came to make such influential music, which inspired thousands of musicians worldwide. This book is a great read for music lovers and non-music lovers. It will give you a new perspective on rock and roll and give you a new respect for the legend they call Jimi Hendrix. This book also has some pictures in the middle that shows what Hendrix wore and how he acted. I didn¿t find any flaws in it and I would recommend this book for all readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Murray Brings Out the Hendrix Lover in all of Us

    This book is not just a biography as some may think. It also discusses different political, social, cultural, and of course musical aspects that come from a variety of perspectives. This allows the reader to better see where Hendrix was coming from and how he came about creating such an impacting new type of music, which caused him to be the legend that he is. Even if you're not quite the Hendrix fan or even music fan for that matter this book is sure to get you hooked. This book revealed many things about Hendrix I was not aware of. Before this book I felt I had an adequate knowledge of Hendrix, but through the book's excellent portrayal of things like the sixties, other artists of his time, and Hendrix's upbringing I got to see exactly how he came about making the name for himself that he holds today. Those things also helped me link reasons for various song lyrics of Hendrix's. I can't stress the fact enough of how much of an impact the content in this book outside of Hendrix was. Other interesting topics in the book included an excellent history of the electric guitar as well as brief insists of other artist's music such as Janice Joplin, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. I especially enjoyed learning about the hardships that Hendrix had to overcome while working his way up to success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Jimi Henrdix is the best music artist ever

    Jimi hendrix is the best of the best youll never find a better guiatar player then hem its impossible jimi was the best and the one thing i like the most is jimi played his guiatar im some concerets up side down and played it better then he did when it was the other way around jimi hendix was a musican,and idol, and most of all a hero. Thank you for reading my review.

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