Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix & The Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Revolution

Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix & The Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Revolution

by Charles Shaar Murray


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312063245
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/15/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction: The English and American Combined Anthem1
1The We Decade11
2Highway Chile34
3I'm a Man (At Least I'm Trying to Be)58
4Room Full of Mirrors78
5Never to Grow Old106
6Blue are the Life-giving Waters Taken for Granted129
7With the Power of Soul ... Anything is Possible153
8Hear My 'Trane A-comin'182
Coda: The English and American Combined Anthem (Slight Return)207
AppendixMusic, Sweet Music, Drips from My Fender's Fingers209
Jimi Hendrix on Video232

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Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix & The Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Revolution 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.