On November 27th, we celebrate the 75th birthday of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, who left us way too soon at the age of 27 has been the subject of countless books about his life and music career, so why would be need another one. Well, the newly published "Hendrix: The Illustrated Story," gives us the complete life of Jimi Hendrix as famed music writer/historian Gillian G. Gear examines everything from Hendrix's upbringing as a child, to his time in the military to becoming a star in London.
Not only are Gear's word's easy to follow as she quotes people who were around Hendrix throughout his life, but the hardcover, gift-book contains over 200 color/B&W images, many have never been published before. The first couple chapters center around Hendrix's influences and his time performing as a sideman in many bands before catching the eye of producer Chas Chandler, who eventually turned Jimi Hendrix into an international rock star. As great as the photos are, just as great is the addition of the famed concert posters and rare singles that the Jimi Hendrix released during the late-sixties.
As you read through this book, you get a sense as to the whirlwind career that Hendrix had in those few short years before his death. He was constantly involved in music, either writing, recording or performing, Hendrix was always creating something magical. The book also covers the three studio albums and one live album that Hendrix released during his lifetime, along with insight into the guitars Hendrix would use during his performances.
The last couple chapters cover the final days of Jimi Hendrix performing his last concert at the "Open Air Love Peace Festival" in Germany and his posthumous album releases and movies about his life. Also included at the end of the book is a complete listing of his live performances from 1967-1970 and a selected discography of his albums and singles. So, if you are looking for the most complete, illustrated history of the legendary Jimi Hendrix, look no further than the newly published "Hendrix: The Illustrated Story." To find out more about this wonderful new book, please visit quartoknows.com.