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Starting At Zero: His Own Story

By Jimi Hendrix

Starting At Zero: His Own Story

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Started reading:
9 February 2014
Finished reading:
15 February 2014

Review

The biographical material on the flyleaf begins as follows: “JimI Hendrix (1942-70) was one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century.” This joint effort is by documentarian Peter Neal and record producer Alan Douglas, both of whom have contributed to the legend: Neal made a half-hour film called Experience, the only film about Hendrix to be screened in Jimi’s lifetime, and Douglas produced several posthumous albums from the tapes Jimi left behind. But the words are all Jimi’s, from various interviews, interspersed with lyrics, and they paint a portrait of a man simultaneously sure of himself and wondering where he’s headed next. And it’s not approved by the Hendrix estate, which perhaps adds to the credibility of the story Jimi sought to tell. Even if you’re not a fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the man and his music.