| and his music without being either too reverent or too sensationalistic in
| its approach. Also it offers the most comprehensive discography this side
| of univibes (althought the damn thing keeps becoming obsolete - which is a
| good thing I think) and a very extensive set of appendices on everything
| from Jimi's family tree to a list of every guitar Jimi is reported to have
| owned. It is really a fine book and in no way an insult to his memory. My
| only quibble is that I wished they had spent a little more time on
| examining his live work, but considering the books considerable length I
| can't really complain.
| [SHEDGES@pomona.claremont.edu - 16 Feb 94]
revision of 'Electric Gypsy'.
EL, BOG, COL and RB so you do get quite a good cross-section of his music.
However, don't expect anywhere near the same depth of detail as you get in
the other Hal Leonard books devoted to specific albums. I do not play in a
band, so just worked through the book on my own, and was pleased to be able
to learn the few songs that can be played on accoustic, like "The Wind
Cries Mary", "Little Wing" and "Angel". Even "Manic Depression" sounds
something like it should (OK, to a certain extent! ;).
and other later CoL and Rainbow Bridge stuff I was a bit lost. You really
need more than one musician on these songs, due to tons of overdubs etc.
You are basically just given the chords and lyrics, and melody to the
songs. NO solos are annotated. Guitar tablature is given for 16 of the more
popular songs after the music for the forty. One of the interesting things
was actually discovering the complete lyrics to some songs I could never
quite figure out. Oh, and before the sheet music, there's about 15 pages or
so on the life of Jimi, plus a short discography. Nothing much new here,
except for quite a few B&W photos I've never seen before, like Jimi playing
with his teeth wearing this Cheetah-skin outfit while in the Squires - one
of the other band members is looking at him with a funny look on his face.
Here anyway, it was also quite a bit cheaper than the other songbooks. One
thing I'll admit to never liking about it - the cover! It has this drawing
of Hendrix's face that I don't like. Reminds me of another cover drawing I
really don't like - the cover of "The Life of Jimi Hendrix", that book with
a purple/blue cover. He's drawn with this over-extended afro that I've
never seen him with.
[Mark - 7 Oct 93]
|Plug Your Ears - Kees de Lange & Ben Valkhoff
| (Also see section 'FAQs - Kees de Lange'.)
| This is a softcover A4 size (8x11") 80 page book of concert set lists and
| known Hendrix recordings [ISBN: 90-9005787-0]. I got my copy from JIMI for
| $22. I've also seen it listed in an ad by Music Machine in GOLDMINE for $28.
| Another source is direct from one of the authors (quoted from JIMI):
| Copies are available for $20 [Dutch Guilders 30, UK 10 Pounds, 30 German
| $8 for air mail to the USA, half that for surface. Scott.} from:
| Up From the Skies Unlimited
| P.O. Box 40161
| 6504 AD Nijmegen
| The Netherlands
| [Mr. Scott Hannon - 14 Feb 94]
| which was originally published in 1978.
too much time spent quoting lyrics and trying (and failing) to describe
concerts and gigs. It's full of contradictions. The attempted use of slang
is annoying. The author strikes me as brainless most of the time.
would say things like, "as Jimi looked out over the sea of humanity at the
Isle of Wight, he felt lost and decided to...blah...blah". How the hell
does this guy KNOW what was going on inside Jimi's head? Add to that all
the song lyrics the author uses to pad the chapters and you have a book
that's not a TOTAL waste of time reading...but must be taken with a grain
of salt (or maybe it contains a grain of truth :) )
Since the recent batch of books, this one is now not so important. It has
little info not in JHEG.
| title into the paperback form? The original is so overblown with flower-
| power imagery and psychedelia that it is difficult to read. "Scuse Me" is a
| better read but is still rather inaccurate in spots. On the other hand, for
| years, until just recently, it was really all we had to go on.
| [Eric C. Shoaf - 9 Nov 94]
think this had far too much emphasis on the record business and not enough
on Jimi's music/life. There was not enough of Eddie Kramer to make the
book worthwhile IMHO.
where JHEG is weakest. Disagreements in info between the two books I'd
generally decide in StRS's favor...it seems to be more carefully
constructed and less likely to fall for wild stories than JHEG. But as Dave
says, about half the book is about legal stuff.
[Mr. Scott Hannon