Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend

Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend

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by Sharon Lawrence

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The genius we never understood. . . . The man we never knew. . . . The truth we never heard. . . . The music we never forgot. . . . A revealing portrait of a legend by a close and trusted friend.

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The genius we never understood. . . . The man we never knew. . . . The truth we never heard. . . . The music we never forgot. . . . A revealing portrait of a legend by a close and trusted friend.

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Mary Ishimoto Morris
Lawrence's insightful rendering of Jimi Hendrix the human being is the first written by someone whom Hendrix apparently trusted with his deepest thoughts and feelings -- about his music, family and career. Her Hendrix laughs, worries, shouts, cries, smokes, shares cherished photographs, talks about problems with his family, irons a shirt, flings furniture.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Former UPI reporter and Hendrix confidante Lawrence (So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star) recalls the guitar player's brilliance in this sympathetic biography. She skims over his early years-his abandonment by his mother, his high school rock bands, his brief time as a paratrooper-but slows down once Hendrix gets to playing his guitar in earnest. After knocking around as a session player and winding up in New York, Hendrix signed with former Animals bassist Chas Chandler and went to England in 1965, where he blew away the likes of the Beatles, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. He triumphantly returned to the U.S. for 1967's famous Monterey Pop festival, where he became an overnight superstar. But bound by bad deals he signed without counsel, under an intense media glare, exhausted by the road, busted for possession and trapped in a downward spiral of drugs, lawsuits and paranoia, Hendrix burned out. The year before his death, Lawrence writes, she watched Hendrix become a "Shakespearean protagonist... while a growing brood of greedy villains circled like vultures." On September 18, 1970, Hendrix overdosed on pills, which Lawrence believes was a deliberate act to "confront fate." While much has been written about Hendrix's meteoric career over the years, Lawrence's close ties to the musician and her well-written narrative make this book a welcome addition to the Hendrix canon. Agent, Martha Kaplan. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A veteran journalist and friend of the late Jimi Hendrix, Lawrence offers a sympathetic memoir of the musician that unlike past biographies doesn't dwell on Hendrix's creative marvel or lament his early demise. Instead, Lawrence focuses on Hendrix's troubled childhood and the rock star excesses, which included drugged-out hangers-on, social parasites, and preying businessmen. The book starts slowly, yet Lawrence's firsthand experiences with Hendrix (as well as Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton) provide an insider's view of the late 1960s and early 1970s rock landscape. Best of all are the memories of Hendrix the numerology nut (he was a nine), serving as a witness in his much-publicized Canadian drug trial, and recalling his admission that he had "never been in love," all of which reveal the human side of a musical messiah. Thus, Lawrence's presence when Hendrix died reads less like the passing of a god than the sad loss of a friend. Recommended for any library with standard Hendrix biographies like David Henderson's 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix.-Robert Morast, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone wanting to learn about the true Jimi this is the book for you, so sad and tragic, he truly lived the life of a bluesman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the end of concerts, Jimi would preform "sacrifices" where he would drench his guitar in cigarette lighter fluid and light it on fire.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big Hendrix fan, and my friend got me this book for the past christmas. I began reading it and i couldn't put it down! It is incredibly touching to read all of the painful, heart-crushing moments he went through, as a child and adult. This book was written by Sharon Lawrence, a close and dear friend of Jimi. He told her of these moments, and she seemed to be one of the few people that he felt he could trust, and who didn't want to cheat him out of money. As a child, young Jimmy (he changed his name to Jimi later on), he had a young mother of 17, and his father was 22. After his father went to the army, his mother had an affair, and wanted a divorce. Jimi and his two younger brothers were in custody of their father, but stayed with so many relatives day to day, he was often confused about who was 'in charge'. He and his brothers were physically, verbally, and mentally abused, malnurished, and dressed in rags. When Jimi and guitar married, it was his revelation. Nothing else could have saved him, created an escape such as this. He pursued the life of a musician. Even after he made it big, his life was still a twisting, tortuous one filled wth financial, relationship, and numerous other stresses. Peopl ejust wanted to cheat him and take advantage of his shy and polite personality. He was also framed for posession of heroin, causing an arrest in Canada, where he was released by bail. Lawrence's vivid portrayal of his life, public and personal, is an amazing and touching work for me. I recommend this bookj for anyone who cares to listen to this musical genius' struggling and against-all-odds times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
of Jimi because of this book. I can't get enough of him after this reading. I am utterly disgusted by the actions of the Hendrix 'family', and felt betrayed by the family with their actions and lying over the next years after his death left me destroyed for a figure I had come to truly love through this book by Ms. Lawerence. This is an excellent starter to my study, anyones study really, of this legendary man.