Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix

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A L.A. Times Non-Fiction Hardcover Best Seller

Hendrix on Hendrix includes the most important interviews from the peak of Jimi Hendrix’s career, 1966 to 1970, carefully selected by one of the world’s leading Jimi Hendrix historians.

In this book Hendrix recalls for reporters his heartbreaking childhood and his grueling nights on the Chitlin’ Circuit. He jokes with the judge and the jury on the witness stand, telling them that the incense in his...

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Overview

A L.A. Times Non-Fiction Hardcover Best Seller

Hendrix on Hendrix includes the most important interviews from the peak of Jimi Hendrix’s career, 1966 to 1970, carefully selected by one of the world’s leading Jimi Hendrix historians.

In this book Hendrix recalls for reporters his heartbreaking childhood and his grueling nights on the Chitlin’ Circuit. He jokes with the judge and the jury on the witness stand, telling them that the incense in his bag was for hiding bad kitchen odors. He explains to an American TV audience that his concept of “Electric Church Music” is intended to wash their souls and give them a new direction. And in his final interview, just days before his death, he discloses that he wants to be remembered as not just another guitar player.

In addition to interviews from major mainstream publications, Hendrix on Hendrix includes new transcriptions from European papers, the African-American press, and counterculture newspapers; radio and television interviews; and previously unpublished court transcripts—including one of the drug bust that nearly sent him to prison.Though many respected books have been written about Hendrix, none have completely focused on his own words. This book is as close to a Hendrix autobiography as we will ever see.

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"The Voodoo Child speaks. Nobody will ever be able to fully explain a phenomenon like Jimi Hendrix, but Hendrixologist Steven Roby gives us the next best thing—and the one person almost least heard from on the subject—Hendrix himself."  —Joel Selvin, senior pop music correspondent, San Francisco Chronicle

"I've read the majority of books published on Jimi Hendrix. They all only reflect a minute glimpse of his thoughts and his life. This compilation of his interviews does a superlative job of promoting and understanding his character."  —Juma Sultan, Hendrix's friend and percussionist (1969-1970)

"Hendrix on Hendrix uncovers a wealth of material that most diehard fans didn't even suspect existed. By focusing on Jimi's own words, it gives us revealing insights not only into many corners of his artistic evolution but also into the idiosyncratic man behind the music."  —Richie Unterberger, author, The Unreleased Beatles and Won't Get Fooled Again

"Steven Roby's expert compilation and editing of rare archival material now provides us with an entertaining and accurate reading of this iconic megastar's life. In Hendrix on Hendrix we find Jimi at his most fanciful, candid and vulnerable, especially when talking about himself—exposing plenty of neck for Hendrix vampires of all generations to bite into."  —Paul Caruso, Hendrix's friend and music collaborator

"We will be forever turned out by James Marshall Hendrix. If you are anything like me, you can’t get enough of Jimi in his own speak and word. This book is all about that."  —Narada Michael Walden, Grammy Award–winning producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter

"A refreshing addition to the Hendrix library, and lends context to serious discussions of the man as an artist."  —Booklist

"The closest autobiography we'll ever have of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix."  —Publishers Weekly

“…This beautifully edited and annotated collection provides abundant insights into the heart and mind of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. Jimi’s story has been told ad nauseam, but often the hype overshadows the human, and the legend subsumes the man. Here we have Hendrix in his own words, with all of his confusion, contradiction, vulnerability, beauty, and brilliance intact.”  —Guitar Player

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Here Roby (coauthor, Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius) has compiled over 50 interviews Hendrix gave between 1966 and 1970 in which the iconic guitarist's story is told primarily through his own words. Using interviews from newspapers, magazines, underground publications, and transcripts from radio and television programs, Hendrix speaks here about himself, his history and musical roots, and his place within the culture of the 1960s. Hendrix is, by turns, philosophical, psychedelic, and deeply thoughtful in many of his comments, as well as aware of his own image as portrayed to the world. Roby presents the interviews chronologically with short contextual and historical introductions to the pieces, and the subjects covered range from the philosophical, cultural, and political to the specifics of recording, concerts, and technical aspects of guitar playing and songwriting. VERDICT This is a valuable and informative book for Hendrix and music fans. A great compendium of primary material on the musical culture of the late 1960s.—Jim Collins, Morristown & Morris Twp. Lib., NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613743225
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Musicians in Their Own Words Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 967,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Roby is a respected Jimi Hendrix historian-archivist and the author of Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix and Becoming Jimi Hendrix. He was the editor and publisher of Straight Ahead: The International Jimi Hendrix Fanzine (1989–1996) and the editor of the Hendrix family’s authorized fanzine, Experience Hendrix. He has also written feature articles and reviews for Guitar World and Goldmine.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Part I December 1966 to May 1967

"Mr. Phenomenon" Peter Jones 3

"Jimi Hendrix Talks to Steve Barker" Steve Barker 5

"Jimi Doesn't Think He's a Big Name Yet" 11

"Hendrix the Gen Article" Kevin Swift 13

"Jimi Hendrix Shows His Teeth" Jan Waldrop 17

"Quite an Experience!" Alan Freeman 23

"Come to a Soul Revival with Jimi Hendrix, a Rebel from Mars via Cuba" Keith Keller 29

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Hans Carl Schmidt 31

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Klas Burling 37

Part II June 1967 to December 1967

"Wild, Man!" Dawn James 45

"Our Experience with Jimi" Bob Garcia 49

"Spanish Galleons Off Jersey Coast or 'We Live Off Excess Volume'" Bill Kerby David Thompson 55

"Jimi Hendrix Talks to Steve Barker" Steve Barker 61

"An Experience with Hendrix" Liam Roisin McAuley 71

"Pop Man Jimi to Sue Disc Firm" Peter Oakes 73

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Meatball Fulton 77

Part III January 1968 to June 1968

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Jay Ruby 87

"The Persecution & Assassination of Rock and Roll, as Performed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience… Under the Direction of Jumping Jimi Himself, the Cassius Clay of Pop" Michael Thomas 97

Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Pretrial Examination 111

Part IV July 1968 to December 1968

"I Felt We Were in Danger of Becoming the U.S. Dave Dee" Alan Walsh 123

"Jimi Hendrix: An Experience, an Image, a Great Talent" Margaret Robin 127

"Experience" Don Speicher 131

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Gus Gossert 137

"A Jimi Hendrix Doubleheader" Jacoba Atlas 141

"Jimi Hendrix, Black Power, and Money" Jacoba Atlas 147

"A Jimi Hendrix Doubleheader" Tony Glover 151

"Hendrix" Tony Glover 159

Part V January 1969 to June 1969

"Hendrix: As Experienced by Jane de Mendelssohn" Jane De Mendelssohn 165

"The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Slowing Down and Growing Up" John Lombardi 179

"The Ego of Jimi Hendrix" Jim Brodey 185

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Nancy Carter 191

"The Gypsy Sun Jimi Hendrix" Ritchie Yorke 193

Part VI July 1969 to December 1969

The Dick Cavett Show Interview (July) Dick Cavett 201

The Tonight Show Interview Flip Wilson 207

Jimi Hendrix's Post-Woodstock Comments 213

United Block Association Press Conference 215

The Dick Cavet Show Interview (September) Dick Cavett 219

"Jimi Hendrix: I Don't Want to Be a Clown Any More" Sheila Weller 227

The Queen vs. James Marshall Hendrix 233

"Hendrix and His Band of Gipsies" Bob Dawbarn 245

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Sue Cassidy Clark 249

Part VII January 1970 to June 1970

"Spaceman Jimi Is Landing" Alfreo G. Aronowitz 255

"The End of a Big Long Fairy Tale" John Burks 257

"Hendrix: 'I'd Like a Hit Single…'" Keith Altham 269

Part VIII July 1970 to September 1970

"One-Nighter Grind Is Over; All Jimi Wants Now Is a Rest Paul Omundson 275

Encounter with Jimi Hendrix Chuck Wein Pat Hartley 279

"Hendrix-He's a Beautiful Person" Gillian Saich 281

"Hendrix Today" Roy Hollingworth 285

"Man, Myth or Magic? Jimi Hendrix Is Back, and Happy, and Talking…" Norman Jopling 289

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Klas Burling 293

"Mr. Hendrix in a Good Mood" Tommy Rander 295

"I Am Tired of Lying Down" Jørn Rossing Jensen 297

"Jimi Hendrix: I Am Not Sure I Will Live to Be 28 Years Old" Anne Bjørndal 301

"Jimi Hendrix: I Am a Man Like Many Others, e.g., Napoleon" Sven Wezelenburg 305

"Plop! Farewell Jimi" Hasse Boe 307

Interview with Jimi Hendrix Chris Romberg Sergeant Keith Roberts 309

"The Last Hendrix Interview" Keith Altham 317

Epilogue 323

Quotable Hendrix 325

Appendix: Interview with Eric Burdon Steven Roby 329

Credits 341

Index 345

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