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Jimi Hendrix, Voices From Home

Willix, Mary

Editore: Creative Forces Pub, 1995
ISBN 10: 0964506408 / ISBN 13: 9780964506404
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Titolo: Jimi Hendrix, Voices From Home

Casa editrice: Creative Forces Pub

Data di pubblicazione: 1995

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Riassunto: Hendrix's Seattle years, as told by friends, musicians, family members, classmates, community members and teachers. Interviews with more than sixty people, 200 photographs, memorabilia from school days.

Dall'autore: Those of us who shared Jimi's childhood environment know that his years in central Seattle hold a key to his creative work. We find it frustrating that reverence for Jimi as a mythical folk hero, by a generation born after his death, has been based on information that is incomplete and only partially accurate. This collection of narratives interwoven with memorabilia provides a link that has been missing in Hendrix history. Here are stories about the boy behind the legend; the Seattle kid we knew as "Jimmy," "James," or simply "Hendrix." For those of us who contributed to this book, the child is the father of the myth. Leaving that part out is like the Abe Lincoln story without the log cabin, or George Washington without the cherry tree.

I knew Jimmy Hendrix back when the only thing flashy about him was his smile. I was eleven and he was twelve when we met at Meany Jr. High School in Seattle. Most people counter with an "I don't think so" when I mention that Jimmy grew up in Seattle. Then they usually say, "Wasn't he from New York?" Most New Yorkers know Jimmy wasn't one of them. He could work crazy, long hours like any New Yorker, and his ability for conversation matched that of any Easterner, but he had a sense of playful optimism and an openness that came from somewhere else. Some fans have hastily dismissed Jimmy's origin with a shrug. Others fancifully postulate that he came from another planet. I've been thinking about that.

For years I assumed that somewhere, in another corner of another state, people had experiences parallel to ours. Lately I have begun to wonder. Those of us who were born in Seattle's central area, and went to the neighborhood schools that fed into Garfield High School, grew up in a cocoon. We shared our daily lives, our ups and downs, our lockers and our lunch money, with individuals of different ethnicities, cultures, and classes. It's possible that our childhood experiences were unique. Certainly people across town had little understanding of what we were experiencing. The South was entirely another world to us, more foreign than World War I. In fact, when we read or heard about segregation, or shocking things like lynchings, it was like news from another century - -the Stone Age maybe. My classmates and I were rudely awakened when we left our sheltered enclave. Some of them say, "We were thirty years ahead of the times." Our reactions when running into walls of racism and xenophobia have been almost universal. We think, "Where did these people grow up? What's going on here?" or "Am I in some kind of time warp? Did the clock just zoom backwards a few hundred years?"

This book is the collective effort of dozens of people. It is a collage of representative key people from Jimmy's Seattle circle -- close friends from the decade of his formative years, family members and family friends, musicians who played with him during his junior high and high school years, classmates, and other members of the Garfield community.

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