The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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Jimi Hendrix burst onto the American music scene at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, captivating the audience with a performance of "Wild Thing." Both musically and literally incendiary, the song ended with Hendrix pouring lighter fluid over his guitar and setting it on fire.

Jimi Hendrix was a rock `n' roll guitar god and remains an important rock icon, still popular despite the four decades that have passed since his death in 1970. The Words and music of Jimi Hendrix uses Hendrix's music---including the posthumous album Valleys of Neptune, released on March 9, 2010---to shed light on the details of the singer/song-writer's all-too-brief life.

Organized chronologically, the book provides an in-depth look at Hendrix's life, carving autobiographical details from his lyrics. At the same time, it offers readers a better understanding of the superstar's music and the forces behind it. The book focuses on the three albums released during Hendrix's life, as well as the major posthumous works. Priority is also given to touring and to the influence of other guitarists.
  

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Contents

Teeth Cutting and Life as a Sideman
1
2 Overnight Success 19661967
9
3 Taking Control Fall 19671969
27
4 New Horizons
55
Part II
63
6 The New Jimi Hendrix Experience
73
Selected Posthumous Albums
85
The Douglas Releases Dolly Dagger Records and More Modern Releases
99
Merchandizing a Legend and Control of the Estate
125
Tours and Jam Sessions
133
Selected Discography
155
Notes
179
Bibliography
197
Index
201
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About the author (2010)

David Moskowitz is associate professor of music at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. He is the author of Greenwood's Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall; Bob Marley; A Biography; and Praeger's The Words and Music of Bob Marley.

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