Hendrix on Hendrix edited by Steven Roby (2012)
Hendrix on Hendrix:
Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix
edited by Steven Roby
Chicago Review Press, 2012
We all know Jimi Hendrix as a legendary guitar player: a revolutionary, innovative musician whose creativity has not been matched in the four decades since his untimely death. What we fail to realize, however, is that the icon was not seen in such a universally positive light during his lifetime. Often erratic and moody during his interviews, portrayed at times as a flake by reporters, Hendrix’s place in history was debatable in the 1960s.
In Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix, edited by Steven Roby, fans are presented with interviews and articles from both major publications such as Rolling Stone and Melody Maker as well as lesser-known newspapers like Atlanta’s Great Speckled Bird and Queens University’s The Gown. There are also transcriptions from Jimi’s appearances on The Dick Cavett Show, The Tonight Show, and local radio interviews.
The book is highly entertaining, shedding light on Jimi’s career through his own eyes, his plans for the future, and even his chilling proclamation, “I am not sure I will live to be 28 years old,” just weeks before his demise. Other books about Jimi attempt to put him up on a pedestal; Hendrix on Hendrix simply puts his own words on the page.