Arguably one of the finest debut albums ever, Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? was a brilliant display of guitar orchestration, eye-opening compositon, and ear-expanding sonic elements. Here, Sean Egan details the making of the album and how it ultimately came together after various sporadic recording sessions and would-be dead ends.
The book is filled with anecdotal comments and recollections from the key players who were there. Much of this material comes from Kathy Etchingham, Jimi's girlfriend of the moment, and her memories of those drug-filled days and legendary performances at London's hotspots with the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Pete Townshend in attendance.
Details are softened with stories like the time Jimi visited his manager's mother on New Year's Eve and, since it was a typically chilly English evening, politely inquired, "Can I stand next to your fire?" He was referencing a blazing fire in the fireplace, but this would become, of course, the tag line to "Fire," one of the more memorable tracks from this debut recording.
This was a monumental record and a legendary artist, and here both elements have been chronicled and reported
in a fine and creative fashion.