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My son Jimi
Hendrix, James A. (James Allen), 1919-2002.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle : AlJas Enterprises, 1999.
Physical Description:
185 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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ML410.H483 H467 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML410.H483 H467 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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"He was an ordinary, run-of-the-mill kid coming along, " James Al Hendrix remembers about his son, "but he had an imagination." This imagination, coupled with extraordinary technique, propelled Hendrix to his legendary status as one of the greatest rock guitarists, as well as one of rock's casualties. In this intimate biography, his father shares stories and letters, many previously unknown, about this remarkable musician and man. My Son Jimi contains the most complete and reliable account of Jimi's life before his famed days with the Experience.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Guitar god Jimi Hendrix is the hook for his dad's story. But the rock-star portion of Jimi's life doesn't crop up until page 136, and before then, Dad's life in the Pacific Northwest is its focus. James A. "Al" Hendrix experienced incredible personal upheaval, casual but pervasive racism, and the economic challenges that upheaval and racism only intensify. Yet he persevered as a committed single father. He first heard the Jimi Hendrix Experience when the "hippies who lived next door" played Are You Experienced? loud enough to penetrate his walls. He was surprised to recognize his son's voice because "I'd never heard him sing before," but then, Jimi surprised a lot of people with that album. Folksy, uninhibited, highly readable, Al's book fleshes out the Jimi Hendrix story as it grittily portrays a strong African American father. Al now chairs the company that manages rights to Jimi's music, image, and licensing. He misses his son, but "when I hear Jimi's music today, it makes me feel good." Legions of rock fans agree on both counts. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

James Allen "Al" Hendrix has outlived his son Jimi by 29 years, which must haunt him on every birthday. Al turns 80 on Father's Day, but he is not looking for anyone's sympathy or taking credit for Jimi's genius, as the biography's sappy promos suggest. Thankfully, no slick editors have touched Al's winding oral history of Jimi's family, Al's failed marriage to Lucille Jeter (Jimi's alcoholic, live-fast-die-young mother), Jimi's childhood, his premature death, and Al's legal battle for Jimi's estate in the 1990s. Al has also opened the Hendrix family photo album and Jimi's boyhood sketchbooks, which are full of cowboys and Indians, Elvis, car races, and rock'n'roll concerts. Although Jimi had the healthy imagination of a normal, happy kid, he did not come from such a secure background: Al worked like a dog while Lucille slept around, and Jimi was raised by his aunts, uncles, and grandmothers. Al makes no excusesÄhe didn't spend enough time with Jimi, but he did buy him his first three guitars. An earnest tribute; recommended for all popular music collections.ÄHeather McCormack, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.