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The Resource Room full of mirrors : a biography of Jimi Hendrix, Charles R. Cross

Room full of mirrors : a biography of Jimi Hendrix, Charles R. Cross

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Room full of mirrors : a biography of Jimi Hendrix
Title
Room full of mirrors
Title remainder
a biography of Jimi Hendrix
Statement of responsibility
Charles R. Cross
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A portrait of rock legend Jimi Hendrix captures the full span of his life, from his troubled childhood and battles against racial prejudice to his rapid rise to the height of the music world and tragic death
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Library Journal Best Books, 2005.
Review
  • Cross (Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain ) turns his thoughtful eye toward another Seattle music icon, Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970). With a storyteller's eye, he captures Hendrix's difficult, poverty-stricken childhood with alcoholic and largely absent parents, rendering it as tragic yet not without its happy, tender moments. After a stint as an army paratrooper, Hendrix knocked around playing guitar in blues clubs in the 1960s, winding up in New York and eventually London, where he established himself as a guitar god, even earning the adulation of the Beatles, before exploding onto the U.S. scene with a 1967 appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. While replete with tales of rock star excess, Cross's narrative, based on more than 300 interviews, describes Hendrix as thoughtful and craving some semblance of order to his life, even as it became steeped in drug use. Of Hendrix's death at age 27, viewed by many as a possible suicide, Cross makes the best case yet for it being accidental, portraying Hendrix as exhausted, unable to sleep and likely taking nine sleeping pills without much thought. There are a number of Hendrix bios already available, but Cross's surpasses them all, both in terms of research and execution. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 27, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 26, p53)
  • Kurt Cobain's biographer takes on the great rock guitarist's legacy and misses the mark.Cross, former editor of the Seattle alternative weekly The Rocket, reached bestseller lists with his biography of Nirvana's ill-fated front man (Heavier Than Heaven, 2001). In this book he reconsiders another Washington state icon, '60s rock superstar Jimi Hendrix. Due on the eve of the 35th anniversary of Hendrix's death at 27 from an accidental overdose, Cross' biography sits somewhat in the shadow of Keith Shadwick's comprehensive Jimi Hendrix Musician (2003), as well as such precursors as Harry Shapiro and Caesar Glebbeek's Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (1990) and Charles Shaar Murray's Crosstown Traffic (1989). Cross is strongest in his chapters about Hendrix's deprived upbringing in Seattle and the first stirrings of his musical urges, but his tales of Hendrix's apprenticeship on the Southern chitlin' circuit and his artistic development in the hipster cauldron of Greenwich Village in the mid-'60s feel underreported. Worse, Hendrix's 1966 arrival in London, where he quickly became the toast of English musical society, reads like a twice-told tale. We hear again that Hendrix slept with his guitar, but little attention is paid to exactly how he developed his stunning musical and technical gifts. His prodigious mastery of the studio, still a large part of the guitarist's testament, receives virtually no scrutiny — his sessions are viewed as just part of the blur that accompanied his snowballing fame. While Hendrix's ascent as a black musician playing for white rock 'n' roll audiences (and viewed in some quarters as a racial sell-out) is contemplated, Cross seems either unwilling or unable to grapple with this contradiction, which was so central to Hendrix's inexorable rise. One ultimately understands that Hendrix was crushed by the burden of celebrity, but the sources of that celebrity remain vague.Hendrix's story is finally lost in a purple haze. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2005)
Biography type
individual biography
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222915
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Cross, Charles R
Dewey number
  • 787.87/166/092
  • B
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Hendrix, Jimi
  • Hendrix, Jimi
  • Rock musicians
  • Rock musicians
  • United States
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a biography of Jimi Hendrix
Label
Room full of mirrors : a biography of Jimi Hendrix, Charles R. Cross
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
510711
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 384 pages
Isbn
9781401300289
Lccn
2005046362
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781401300289
  • (OCoLC)58457461
Label
Room full of mirrors : a biography of Jimi Hendrix, Charles R. Cross
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
510711
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 384 pages
Isbn
9781401300289
Lccn
2005046362
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781401300289
  • (OCoLC)58457461

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