Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth

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Harper Collins, Feb 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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The Jimi Hendrix legend has lived on longer than the man, who died in 1970 at the age of twenty-seven. More than thirty years later, what the world knows about him has become deeply distorted. Now Sharon Lawrence, a trusted friend of Jimi's in the final years of his astonishing life, has written a serious exploration of his life, death, and enduring legacy, based partly on the author's never-before-heard recorded interviews with the late musician.

Jimi Hendrix: The Man, The Magic, The Truth contains new and rare material about Hendrix, with major insights from sources who have previously kept their silence -- from childhood neighbors to rock stars and musicians, to music-industry insiders. This book corrects years of false information, reveals key truths, and supplies facts previously known to only a precious few. It also chronicles the years of mind-boggling legal battles over his estate and legacy.

This is the definitive account of Jimi Hendrix, the young man from a pathetic poverty-stricken childhood who invented himself into something rare and special, the man who radiated genius and a bold yet charming personality when he picked up a guitar. It revisits the glory of Hendrix's talent, giving new insight into his sensitive persona, imagination, musical standards, and far-reaching impact.

Iluminating, honest, and bracing, Jimi Hendrix will forever change how we view one of rock and roll's greatest icons.


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I did enjoy this book, I loved how it was written by a close friend of jimi's she was able to give us such great insight to the talented kind and beautiful person he really was , I learnt a lot of ... Read full review

Review: Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth

User Review  - Goodreads

I did enjoy this book, I loved how it was written by a close friend of jimi's she was able to give us such great insight to the talented kind and beautiful person he really was , I learnt a lot of ... Read full review


ONE JohnnyJimmy
Two Dont Look Back
FIVE Thrilling Times
Six The Best Year of My Life
SEVEN Experienced
EIGHT All Along the Watchtower
NINE The Trial
ELEVEN Purple Haze
TWELVE Inside the Danger Zone
A Series of Showdowns
Wealth Power

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Page 96 - Jimi sits up front with me, or I don't go.' So Jimi sat up front, and all of us white people slumped down in our seats, and we set off. The streets of Newark were silent and deserted when we arrived, except that there seemed to be an enormous black man on each corner as though he was a sentry or policing the block or something. There was an immense crowd at the auditorium, and I was terrified that Jimi was going to be killed. At the time everyone thought there was an insane conspiracy to eliminate...
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Page 96 - Jimi's team, and suddenly there were these men crowded round the bar who began to shout and laugh. And they started opening bottles of wine and drinking to the health of someone's assassin. And the waitress told us that it had just come over the radio that Martin Luther King had been shot. My Glasgow instinct was to grab a bottle and attack and I looked round at the others and saw Jimi staring away into space. I matured 20 years in 2 minutes and we got up and left the bar in silence. We flew back...
Page 78 - Apache headband. He is both curiously beautiful and as wildly grotesque as the proverbial Wild Man of Borneo. He wore scarlet pants and a scarlet boa, a pink jacket over a yellow and black vest over a white ruffled shirt. In his final number, the Troggs...

About the author (2005)

Sharon Lawrence started her career as a reporter for the United Press International's Los Angeles bureau. Her specialty was the entertainment beat, including film and pop music. After more than five years with UPI, she became a management, marketing, and PR consultant for such clients as MCA, Columbia, Apple, and Rocket Record Company, as well as for major movie studios. She has worked with numerous artists including Elton John, David Bowie, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lawrence is the author of So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star and Old Carmel in Rare Photographs. She lives in Los Angeles.

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