Describing how the city of London helped transform a little-known musician named Jimmy James into rock legend Jimi Hendrix, this revealing volume details how Hendrix helped transform London into a dynamo of popular music and social rebellion. The book examines Hendrix's impact on London's leading musicians--including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton--and follows Hendrix as he acquires a savvy manager, a tight band, and a forgiving girlfriend and launches himself into a breakneck career that whisked him from dingy clubs to Woodstock and recording and television studios. Each chapter introduces unforgettable characters and takes readers on a trip through the psychedelic era, concluding with Hendrix's tragic death in a London apartment. It explores the public as well as the private man, capturing the contrast between the wild showman on stage and the unassuming guy behind the scenes.
"An in-depth and intimate look at the public and private life of Jimi Hendrix . . . Full of shady characters and colorful antidotes." --Perceptive Travel Blog "More than just a potted but poetic guide to Hendrix's London years. It is also a rock music guidebook to London." --Suite101 "This is a fun book . . . a charming read." --Curled Up with a Good Book "Wonderful book. Another well detailed analysis of a chapter in Jimi's life."--Ken Voss, Voodoo Child, Jimi Hendrix Management Information Insitute "An invaluable addition to the Hendrix bookshelf, and an absolute godsend." --Charles Shaar Murray "One of the most definitive historical documentations of the period of Jimi Hendrix in his life when he lived in London. . . . A definitive chapter in Hendrix history." --"Voodoo Child" (March 2012)