Hendrix on Hendrix edited by Steven Roby (2012)

Jimi Hendrix book review

Hendrix on Hendrix:
Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix

edited by Steven Roby
Chicago Review Press, 2012
384 pages

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.

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About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on October 18, 2012, in books, music, reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for recommending this book about Jimi Hendrix. His effect on guitar playing is indisputable, even to this day. Jimi’s eccentric lifestyle and occasional bouts of moodiness was indicative of his genius, as is the case with many gifted artists throughout history. Unfortunately, it is rare that an individual blessed with extraordinary natural ability is recognized while they are alive, particularly if they do not live what is considered to be a normal life expectancy.

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