Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

By Charles R. Cross
Read by Lloyd James

13.53 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women’s hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix’s legendary onstage and offstage magnetism and his excessive lifestyle was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had. Based on more than three hundred interviews and never-before-seen private documents, this book recounts the entire arc of Hendrix’s life, from his troubled childhood and struggle with racial prejudice to his rapid ascent in swinging London to headlining Woodstock in 1969, with his death a year later. As colorful and large as the decade of the sixties, this biography gives the real Hendrix the immortality he deserves.

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Summary

Summary

For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women’s hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix’s legendary onstage and offstage magnetism and his excessive lifestyle was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

Based on more than three hundred interviews and never-before-seen private documents, this book recounts the entire arc of Hendrix’s life, from his troubled childhood and struggle with racial prejudice to his rapid ascent in swinging London to headlining Woodstock in 1969, with his death a year later. As colorful and large as the decade of the sixties, this biography gives the real Hendrix the immortality he deserves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Highly readable. An excellent portrait, probably unbeatable both for its moving depiction of his youth and thrilling rise to fame and for its myth-busting finality.” Los Angeles Times
“Cross has written what he modestly calls ‘a’ biography, one by which all future biographers of the man will have to set their compasses.” Times (London)
“A more intimate portrait than previous biographies. Funny, poignant, provocative, and sometimes disturbing.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A deep and sensitive look at the complex life of the short-lived father of acid rock…[Narrator Lloyd] James’s intensity and emotion make his reading compelling…A beautiful and unforgettable audio biography.” AudioFile
“One of the best biographies to date…Admirably comprehensive and well referenced, this is the Hendrix biography to acquire if you can acquire only one.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Charles R. Cross

Charles R. Cross, author of the bestseller Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain and three previous books, was editor of The Rocket, a Northwest music and entertainment magazine, from 1986–2000. He lives near Seattle, where he writes for numerous newspapers and magazines.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 13.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English