Ultimate Hendrix
John McDermott
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Ultimate Hendrix: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Live Concerts & Sessions
John McDermott
Hal Leonard
256 pages
January 2009
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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This is the definitive book for all things Jimi as they relate to the legacy of his recording sessions and live appearances. Everything is outlined here, from his discharge from the Army in 1963 to the unbelievable career that grew from ashes to flames in a mere seven years and was too brutally early extinguished in 1970.

The log is fleshed-out with new interviews of band members and various studio staff who worked on some of these recording sessions.

The three authors have assembled a panoramic look at the creative life of this brilliant guitarist. John McDermott has previously written three books on Hendrix, and Eddie Kramer engineered every album from Are You Experienced? to The Cry of Love. Billy Cox played with the musician at Woodstock and was a part of his band for all the live and studio appearances in 1969 and 1970.

Some of the entries here are mind-blowing.

Tuesday, October 31, 1967: "He (Jimi) went off to a party and took the maters with him. Coming back, he left one of the boxes in a taxi. It was all scheduled for release! So we rang up Eddie (Kramer) and went into Olympic the next night and mixed the entire A-side of the album (Axis: Bold As Love) again, all in one night."
There are many more such enlightening moments. They reveal Jimi to be a monster talent but also capable of much folly and even destruction (reports of drunkenness and fights, et al).

Some excellent pictures highlight the chonology. This has to be part of your Hendrix collection.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2009

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