Starting at Zero
It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him for ever amongst musical giants. But what of the man behind the public image?
Why read it?
2 authors picked Starting at Zero as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?
This is the coolest Hendrix book ever because it is all written by Jimi himself! Peter Neal has transcribed all know statements, letters, lyrics, interviews, audio clips or quotes into chronological order and makes it read like an autobiography. The lyrics and letters are included where they belong in the timeline. I learned more about Hendrix from this very personal account than from anything else. It’s a brilliant idea and a one of a kind read!
What better way would there be to get into the mind of Jimi Hendrix, other than reading a book comprised of his words? These words were taken from various interviews and quotes that he made over the years. Originally, the idea was to do a documentary of Jimi, where he is self-narrating the whole movie. Due to wrangling with the Estate of Jimi, this idea was shelved for many years. Eventually, the concept was translated into a literary form. Before Alan Douglas and Peter Neal could get this book out, the Hendrix Estate decided to put out a similar DVD…
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