Since this month marks the 40th anniversary of guitar god Jimi Hendrix‘s death on Sept. 18, 1970, it’s prime time to appreciate the books, reissued music and photos devoted to his legacy. Hendrix died at the young age of 27, but his place in music history is undeniable.
And in the new book “Becoming Jimi Hendrix,” authors Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber remind of us of that.
They recall Hendrix’s early years and his eventual rise to stardom, featuring rare photos, private letters, FBI documents and lots of great detail about the icon’s life. For example, the authors describe how his playing style was misunderstood at first:
“No one understood what he was trying to do, and his compulsion to branch out sonically puzzled his fellow musicians and audiences. Once, an amplifier had been partially busted by Jimi’s excessive volume. The metallic sound from the damaged speaker excited Jimi, but when he brought it to another musician’s attention, all he got was a strange stare.”
In addition, there are several box sets of Hendrix music set for release, namely “West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology,” ”Jimi Hendrix: Blues,” “Live at Woodstock” and “Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions,” due out in November.
“Can You See Me- A Life Through the Lens,” an exhibition of some never-before-seen photographs at the SF Art Exchange. The good folks at Music Radar also have a gallery (see here) of some of the images for the show.Plus, fans can visit the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in Renton, Washington, two Hendrix exhibitions at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle (“Jimi’s Legacy 1970-2010″ and “Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound”) and the Hendrix in Britain show at the Handel House Museum whose admin office was the apartment the rocker lived in with Brit girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
Here are two clips of Jimi on the “Dick Cavett Show.”