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Starting At Zero: His Own Story

Starting At Zero: His Own Story

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by Jimi Hendrix
     
 

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It didn't take long after Jimi Hendrix's death for the artist to become a myth of music. He has been surrounded by a shroud of intrigue since he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time. Much has been written and said about him by experts and fans and critics, some of it true and some of it not; Starting at Zero will set the

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It didn't take long after Jimi Hendrix's death for the artist to become a myth of music. He has been surrounded by a shroud of intrigue since he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time. Much has been written and said about him by experts and fans and critics, some of it true and some of it not; Starting at Zero will set the record straight. This is Hendrix in his own words.

The lyricism and rhythm of Jimi Hendrix's writing will be of no surprise to his fans. Hendrix wrote prolifically throughout his life and he left behind a trove of scribbled-on hotel stationary, napkins and cigarette cartons. Starting at Zero weaves the scraps and bits together fluidly with interviews and lyrics revealing for the first time a continuous narrative of the artist's life, from birth through to the final four years of his life. The result is a beautifully poetic, charming and passionate memoir as smooth and memorable as Hendrix's finest songs.

The pieces of Starting at Zero came together in large part because of the inspiration of Alan Douglas. Douglas first met Jimi Hendrix backstage at Woodstock, and soon after became Hendrix's producer and close friend. In creating the book he joined forces with Peter Neal, who edited Hendrix's writing with the reverence and light touch it deserved.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
Jimi Hendrix's friend and producer Douglas and filmmaker Neal assemble a remarkable new memoir drawing from the musician's late public remarks, letters, and private writings. Intervening bits of explanation by the editors help effectively weave Hendrix's excerpts into a story that traces the iconic musician's life from childhood, to early struggles to make a living as a sideman, to his creative breakthroughs and worldwide fame with the Experience including his future musical ambitions that for obvious reasons went unrealized. It is a short book about a short life that ended long before its author, who died at age 27, had a chance to reflect on events with the benefit of hindsight. As a result, the reading experience feels intimate and immediate, written and spoken by a thoughtful and articulate artist. We see his thoughts during times of feast, famine, and fame—frozen at the original moment, and becoming palpably more abstract and ethereal as drug use took a larger and larger role in his life. This is an essential primary source for any devoted Hendrix fan, but will also appeal to those with a more casual interest. Color illus. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“What pervades every page [is] a man thoroughly alive.” —Mojo

“A confiding, funny, and wrenching memoir of a life lived on the edge and passionately devoted to music and freedom. Here is Hendrix unmediated . . . [Illuminates] the stories behind his songs and now-legendary performances, and the surreal highs and lows of touring and stardom.” —Booklist

“[A] revelation of the restless, curious, creative, self-contradictory mind of a musical genius as he grappled with fame, fellow musicians, inspiration, doubt and life under the competing spotlights of adulation and criticism. A must-read for fans and scholars of classic rock.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkable . . . The reading experience feels intimate and immediate . . . This is an essential primary source.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
A posthumous "autobiography" of the rock god constructed from interviews, diaries, song lyrics, letters and other texts. Documentary filmmaker Neal, assisted by Alan Douglas, one of Hendrix's friends and associates, approached this project as a movie editor splicing together the disparate materials Hendrix left behind that spoke about his life, career and music. The basic outlines of the artist's life come through: He was born in Seattle in 1942 of African-American and Cherokee heritage. His mother died when he was 10. Shy and eccentric even as a child, Hendrix's difference and rebellious nature made for an awkward fit in school, and he dropped out at 16. After a brush with the law, he joined the U.S. 101st Airborne but was discharged early owing to an accident, the effects of which he played up, he claimed, since he'd had enough of the Army. His self-education in the blues as a guitarist in bands in the South and New York City led to a steady gig with Little Richard, but the flamboyant bandleader chafed at Hendrix's style, which threatened to outshine him on the stage. Never interested in stark borders or hard definitions, while living in Harlem, Hendrix was attracted to the folk scene in Greenwich Village, particularly to an off-key singing poet named Bob Dylan. With two dimes in his pocket, he accepted an invitation to try his luck in the blues and rock cauldron of London. The rest is fairly well-known history, though readers interested in the small details of Hendrix's life will want to supplement this book with an objective biography. The virtue of this book is its revelation of the restless, curious, creative, self-contradictory mind of a musical genius as he grappled with fame, fellow musicians, inspiration, doubt and life under the competing spotlights of adulation and criticism. A must-read for fans and scholars of classic rock.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620403334
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
353,659
File size:
7 MB

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Meet the Author

Jimi Hendrix (1942–70) was one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century.

Alan Douglas is a record, book, and film producer. He was a friend to Hendrix and produced many of is posthumous releases.

Peter Neal is a documentary filmmaker. In 1967–68 he made a film portrait of Hendrix called Experience, the only film of the artist to be completed and the only one screened in his lifetime. Together with Alan Douglas, Peter Neal spent years collecting and editing Hendrix's words.

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Starting At Zero: His Own Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Important... informative... exceptional... and proof positive that it takes a great deal of time and effort to "respectfully" tell the story of James Marshall Hendrix through words - and in this case "Jimi's own words" - and with that in mind, it's timing couldn't be better... as some of us know the dark truth behind the music business, the carelessness, the rip-offs, the good, the bad and the greedy, this book has been a long overdue... and I hope the movie does Jimi (and this book) justice. Thank you A.D.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit choppy because the style is a dialog story. But you can travel with Jimmi around the world and live the not so glamrous life of a rcok star! Did you know he played in front of the "Monnkee" on tour!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous. Why the family never released Jimi's music to be used in the movie where Andre 3000 plays Jimi is a shame. Trying to cash in on the cha-ching, I bet. Jimi would not have liked that.